Francisco Costa’s minimal aesthetic and ice cool colour palette, has won the designer critical acclaim as creative director of Calvin Klein Collection’s womenswear line. He has been credited with the brand's ready-to-wear renaissance and commercial success since his appointment.
Following his mother’s untimely death, Costa moved to New York from his native Brazil, despite not knowing any English; the designer studied English during the day at Hunter College and took night classes at The Fashion Institute of Technology.
Following a stint working for Herbert Rounik, Costa was taken on by dressmaker Oscar De La Renta. "He taught me the most," Costa once said. "And not just the craft, but life. Oscar is so full of life and has a genuine interest in what's good."
The Brazillian stayed at Oscar De La Renta until he was appointed chief womanswear designer at Gucci by Tom Ford, along with Christopher Bailey and Clare Waight Keller. Costa’s name was originally brought to the attention of Calvin Klein by Barry Schwartz, Klein’s partner in 2001. He joined Calvin Klein in 2003 and was promoted to creative director a year after he joined.
In 2006 and 2008, Francisco won the CDFA's prestigious Womenswear Designer of the Year Award.