Join us to hear fashion luminaries Maria Cornejo, Francisco Costa, and Narciso Rodriguez speak with NBC’s Natalie Morales about their influences, process, and inspirations.
Born in Chile and raised in England, Cornejo’s varied career spans London, Paris, Milan and Tokyo. Her resume includes being part of the groundbreaking design partnership Richmond Cornejo, developing her own signature collection, and working as a creative consultant for major retailers like Joseph, Tehen and Jigsaw. Spare, modern, architectural, minimal, feminine, and unpretentious are all words used to describe Cornejo’s work. Her collection is named ZERO as an expression of a pure vision, as she says: “ZERO is a number that neither adds nor subtracts; it is, rather, a point of departure.” In 2006 Cornejo was awarded the National Design Award for Fashion, and has been a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America since 2003.
The recipient of the Cooper Hewitt’s 2009 National Design Award for fashion, Costa is known for his iconic and minimal, yet sophisticated, designs. Currently the creative director of womenswear for Calvin Klein Collection, Costa was first exposed to fashion through his parents’ childrenswear apparel business while growing up in the Brazilian town of Guarani. He arrived in New York City in the early 1990s; while studying English, he enrolled at F.I.T. where his talent quickly earned him an Idea Como/Young Designers of America award. He has designed for Bill Blass, Oscar de la Renta and Gucci before joining Calvin Klein in 2003. Costa’s work has received critical acclaim and numerous awards. In 2006 and 2008, the CFDA named Costa the Womenswear Designer of the Year. In 2008, he was given the Mortimer C. Ritter Award by the F.I.T. Alumni Association for excellence in art and design. In 2009, he was honored by Parsons The New School for Design at the school’s annual fashion benefit.
The recipient of the 2014 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award for fashion, Rodriguez has redefined American style over the past two decades, playing a singular role in global fashion through his structured and elegantly minimal designs. Rodriguez incorporates a simple, sophisticated sensibility—he makes modern classic clothing that functions both practically and aesthetically. He has received numerous accolades, including three CFDA Awards and Pratt Institute’s Fashion Icon Award, and was named one of the “25 Most Influential Hispanics in America” by Time magazine. Rodriguez has collaborated with artists and on several films, and most recently designed costumes for the Stephen Petronio Company’s 30th-anniversary season.
Morales is the news anchor of NBC News’ TODAY and the co-host of the third hour, a position she has held since March 2006. Before her current role, Morales served as TODAY national correspondent from February 2006 to June 2011. Before joining TODAY, Morales was an anchor and correspondent at msnbc. While working for NBC News, Morales has reported on and contributed to several major breaking news stories across the globe, and she has interviewed countless notable newsmakers, dignitaries and celebrities. In addition, the 15th-anniversary edition of Latina magazine named Morales one of the “15 Latinas We Love” on its October 2011 cover; Hispanic magazine named her one of the “Top Hispanics to Watch” in 2005 and one of the “Top Trendsetters” of 2003. Morales began her on-air career at News 12 – The Bronx, where she also shot, produced and edited her own reports. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University, New Jersey, with dual majors in journalism and Latin American studies.
Diseño is a partnership between Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and El Museo del Barrio.
This program received federal support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center.
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