Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein Collection
Francisco Costa has worked since 2002 as creative director of Calvin Klein Collection for women. Named Womenswear Designer of the Year in 2006 by the Council of Fashion Designers of America, Costa has worked directly with Calvin Klein as well as with other top design houses of Gucci, Balmain Couture and Oscar de la Renta. He worked briefly at Susan Bennett Studio before being recruited by the HE-RO Group as designer of Bill Blass dresses and knits. In 1993, Costa began a five-year collaboration with Oscar de la Renta that included the designer’s signature collection as well as Pierre Balmain haute couture, prêt-a-porter luxe and the launch of Oscar de la Renta Pink Label. Tom Ford recruited Costa in 1998 to join his Gucci design studio, where Costa was a senior designer concentrating on eveningwear including custom designs for select clients and celebrities.