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With Fern Mallis (Creator of Fashion Week NYC & Exec Dir. @ CFDA Council of Fashion Designers of America), Francisco Costa (Brazilian Designer & Philanthropist).
Tue, Dec 13 @ 06:00 PM   $50   The Webster SoHo, 29 Greene St

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Francisco Costa In Conversation with Fern Mallis

Tuesday, December 13, 6- 8 pm

The Webster, SoHo

29 Greene St., New York, NY 10013

Celebrate the holiday season with fellow alumni at the official FIT alumni holiday party hosted at The Webster!

The highlight of the evening will be an exclusive conversation between two luminaries of the fashion world: Fern Mallis, the award-winning creator of New York Fashion Week, & Francisco Costa, the celebrated Brazilian designer, philanthropist, & FIT alumnus whose career highlights include a 13-year-long period as creative director of women's wear for Calvin Klein.

Copies of Mallis' recently published Fashion Icons: Fashion Lives, featuring no-holds-barred interviews with the fashion industry's most talented, successful, & iconic personalities will be available for purchase, & guests will have the opportunity to get their copy of the book signed by the author.

Ticket price includes entrance to the event, specialty cocktails/mocktails, Ren Briand sparkling wine, hors d'oeuvres, a 360 photobooth experience, & a special gift bag.

Francisco Costa is a Brazilian designer, philanthropist & FIT alumnus whose career highlights include a 13-year-long period as creative director of women's wear for Calvin Klein.

After his departure from the brand in 2016, Costa, an avid environmentalist, returned to his home country of Brazil where he discovered local healing rituals & an untapped wealth of curative native ingredients in the Amazon rainforest. After realizing quickly that there was an urgent need for conservation, Costa launched Costa Brazil, an eco-forward skincare & fragrance line made with natural ingredients. The brand works in partnership with local cooperatives & scientists, ensuring protection of both body & Earth.

Francisco Costa is engaged in numerous social causes in Brazil & around the world. He designed the logo for BrazilFoundation's #TeamRio campaign - an initiative raising awareness & funds for social projects in the city of Rio de Janeiro, at the occasion of the Olympic Games. His numerous awards & accolades include being the recipient of both the 2006 & 2008 Womenswear Designer of the Year award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), as well as the 2009 recipient of the Cooper-Hewitt National Fashion Design Award. During his studies at FIT, Costa's talents were recognized with an Idea Como/Young Designers of America award.

Hailed as the award-winning creator of New York Fashion Week, Fern Mallis has been called an industry titan, fashion doyenne, & the godmother of fashion.

After two decades at the CFDA & IMG Fashion, she is now president of her own international consulting firm.

Mallis is the recipient of numerous industry awards including the 2013 Fashion Industry Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pratt Institute & the 2013 FIT President's Lifetime Achievement Award. She was inducted into Business of Fashion's BoF 500 Hall of Fame in 2014 & serves on the board of the FIT Foundation.

For the last 11 years, Mallis has hosted the acclaimed & frequently sold-out 92nd Street Y conversation series Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis. She is also the author of the book series published by Rizzoli & sponsored by Nordstrom that chronicles these conversations.

Thank you to our sponsor Ren Briand for their support of Alumni Relations at FIT.
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