Francisco Costa to Receive Design Award from Philadelphia University

Calvin Klein Collection creative director Francisco Costa, whose spring ’08 aqua column dress we hope that the Easter Bunny is just extremely delayed in bestowing upon us, is the recipient of Philadelphia University’s 2008 Spirit of Design Award. He’ll be presented with the award tomorrow evening at the school’s annual fashion show, which showcases the work of fashion design students and draws an audience of thousands annually. The theme of this year’s show is “Eco Couture.”

“Costa’s work is beautifully rendered and uncompromising,” says Clara Henry, director of the Fashion Design Program at Philadelphia University. “He takes a minimalist approach by defining shapes through skillful tailoring and attention to line. He is truly an inspiration to our student designers.” Costa, himself a juror for this year’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards, worked for such fashion houses as Gucci and Oscar de la Renta before designing his first Calvin Klein Collection (for spring 2004). He was named Womenswear Designer of the Year by the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 2006 and was recently nominated again for 2008. And we can vouch for the fact that he is much friendlier than the stern/quizzical official shot above might suggest.