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Francisco Costa to be honoured by Pratt Institute

Francisco Costa to be honoured by Pratt Institute

Francisco Costa hopes his love of fashion will inspire future designers.

The women's creative director of Calvin Klein will be honoured at the Pratt Fashion Visionary Awards on May 7.

He will attend the school's fashion show and cocktail benefit and scoop some prizes while he's there.

“Creative institutions like Pratt are where the exciting fashion work of tomorrow is happening today," he smiled to WWD.

"Pratt is shaping future visionaries, and if my love of the industry or my career can be an inspiration to a young designer there, or anywhere in the world, that would mean so much.”

This year's runway show is called Laboratory and this, along with the cocktail party, will raise money for the institute's scholarship funds and its department of fashion.

The Pratt Institute was founded in 1887 and is a non-profit, private school in Brooklyn, New York.

Some of the famous faces to emerge from Pratt include Jeremy Scott and Betsey Johnson.

Francisco debuted his first collection for Calvin Klein in 2004 and has been awarded CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year twice, in 2006 and 2008.

The fashion star has stayed true to Calvin Klein's roots since joining the brand.

“It really is very DNA-driven, very Calvin,” he told of his latest line.

“We presented the collection as a lifestyle collection including jackets, trousers, sweaters, [and more]. Then they made an edit, and the edit turned out to be mostly dresses because it is the category we do so well with."

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