Milan, for me, is a city of discovery. You can find some amazing gardens behind some great houses; I also love finding beautiful galleries and incredible shops, but you have to explore. And the food is amazing.

— Francisco Costa

The most fascinating Francisco Costa quotes that will transform you to a better person

I don't listen to music when designing.

We create in silence. I go through a torturous process because everything has to be precise and right.

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My resolution is to make positivity, thankfulness and happiness my new mantra.

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I hope the average woman feels she needs practicality but with a little bit of fantasy. Otherwise it's just not fashion.

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Each season I strive to design a forward-thinking and effortless collection with a very clean minimalist aesthetic.

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I came to New York in 1986. My father didn't think it was a good idea. I didn't know how I found it, but I went to Hunter College. I had no money and I couldn't speak English.

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Being sexy is not about what's on show, it's all about suggestion, or insinuation. I'm interested in the way a garment hangs on a woman's body and the way it moves when she moves.

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I never liked sleeping; I always think I am missing something.

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My parents had a factory, so I was linked to the textile and fashion industry.

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My love of fashion stemmed from my mother's passion for it.

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When a sketch comes into this three-dimensional form and everybody contributes, it's really fantastic.

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I didn't know who Calvin Klein was, really.

But Brooke Shields, we knew her from those incredible commercials - "There's nothing between me and my Calvins." I knew very little about American fashion then. I had no money, and Charivari was very educational to me. And Parachute. I was fascinated by those stores. I couldn't buy anything; I just went through the clothes.

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My mom. She was quite a character. Open-minded. It was a very small town, and she started her own business, manufacturing children's wear. She was very dynamic. Her death was like the umbilical cord being cut. That's when I moved to America.

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About Francisco Costa

Quotes 38 sayings
Profession Fashion designer
Birthday May 10, 1964

My birthday is May 10. I'm so Taurus, you would not even believe. All the Tauruses I know have this connection to the earth and the environment. We are very curious people, very loyal, very aware of and respectful of our surroundings. Also we're stubborn, but that's our way. We understand what we want, which is not bad.

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People don't really go to museums in Rio.

I shouldn't say it's not sophisticated, but, you know, they go to the beach.

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You think of luxury when you think of Calvin Klein.

He created this lifestyle that's really desirable, so our whole project has that quality of being lasting.

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I hate to sound esoteric, but there is something about a house that leads you to that one chair, that one corner, where you just sit and feel comfortable.

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I like cold. I really like to go to cold towns. I love gray. I love winter.

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I get so much inspiration from my travels, but I also started an exercise where I write down so many words every week. Then I begin crossing them off. We create a grid of words and also images, but words for me are more ample because you can interpret them your own way.

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I do go back to Brazil once a year. I miss my family.

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I only do what I do. For me, it is a craft. It's got to be my own thing - otherwise, I would never be successful. I could easily go to the archives and pull 1987 or 1991 collection by Calvin Klein. But when you look in there, you realize that it was never about one piece. It was about the collections as bodies of work.

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I wasn't a club kid. I wasn't an artist. I was just a foreigner, trying to soak it all up. I had quite a lot of fun.

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I came to New York when I was 21, 22.

I couldn't speak English. I knew I wanted to go to fashion school.

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I drape a lot. I cut. I have to touch. For me, it's almost impossible to start without that.

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I cannot live without art: it excites me, it challenges me, and it leads me to the next thing.

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If you have beautiful knees, show your knees. I'm not a puritan. I love skin.

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I wanted to be involved with fashion, though I didn't know what being a designer meant.

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I don't love reading so much, but I love book shopping.

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I don't love reading so much, but I love book shopping. It's just because I don't have much time.

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I'm not an artist. I'm a fashion designer of clothes.

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You can't compare us, but I do think that Calvin Klein influenced his way of working. Calvin created this whole aesthetic with imagery - the whole sex thing. I can see that Calvin influence on his work. What Calvin has created is untouchable. My legacy, whatever it is I'm doing here, is miniscule compared to what he has done. It's just like an update deal.

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Brazil is not what you see but what you feel.

Once you spend time here - a week, two weeks - you get in the vibe. It's really intoxicating.

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I could never before say that I loved color or that I understood color.

But Oscar de la Renta opened up a side of my brain.

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I’ve reached a certain age where I love to work. I could just live here [at the studio].

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I have no tolerance for boredom. I spend so many hours in the office, and I still love it.

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Mid-'80s in New York was fantastic. I remember my first Gay Pride parade in the city. Where I grew up was very sheltered, so when I got to the city, there was this freedom and so much happening. At the same time, there was this pressure of AIDS and everything else. New York is so different today.

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It's so hard to actually find that niche for yourself.

It's like when Nicolas Ghesquiére found Balenciaga. I hate to sound esoteric, but there is something about a house that leads you to that one chair, that one corner, where you just sit and feel comfortable. I feel very comfortable at Calvin Klein. My name is associated with it enough, and we have a fantastic team here.

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I just hate people who are lazy. To be on my team, you have to have energy and a sense of wanting to learn. That really excites me.

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