In the early 1990s, Francisco Costa moved from Brazil to New York with the intention of designing for a large fashion house. After working at Gucci under Tom Ford and Balmain Couture, he was appointed Women’s Creative Director of Calvin Klein Collection in 2004 and quickly achieved critical acclaim. From his spring/summer 08 collection presented in a Martin Creed live art show to his limited-edition Ellsworth Kelly collaboration in 2013, Costa’s interest in the arts and their influence on his fashion is ever-present.
Jonah Bokaer was born to Tunisian and American parents and has been active as a choreographer since 2002. He has created 55 works in a wide range of mediums, such as film, opera, app, and art installation, and has toured and exhibited his work internationally. He and Daniel Arsham began collaborating in 2007.
Julie Kent is the longest-serving ballerina in American Ballet Theatre's 75-year history. She has danced the entire repertoire of classical roles, had countless new works created for her by leading choreographers and received numerous awards over the past three decades. Her international performing career includes invitations from the world's best theatres and starring roles in films such as Dancers (1987) and Center Stage (2000). The mother of two has helped redefine the image of the American ballerina.
Daniel Arsham was raised in Miami and attended the Cooper Union in New York City. His artwork challenges viewers’ expectations of their surroundings and has led to a number of multi-disciplinary collaborations. These include designing theatre sets for the legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham, a sustained performance collaboration with the choreographer Jonah Bokaer, an architecture and design firm called Snarkitecture and, most recently, a film production company entitled Films of the Future.
Julie Kent wears costume designed by Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein Collection.