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April 18 2014

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Costa On Ford’s Decision Process

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We could probably all use a story about a job interview gone right, and Francisco Costa was happy to provide one at FIT on Monday night. During a Q&A session with Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, the Calvin Klein womenswear creative director remembered interviewing with Tom Ford at Gucci earlier in his career. Lacking a proper portfolio, he stayed up all night sketching prior to the meeting. Those must have been some sketches because according to Costa, they prompted the following exchange:

Ford: Get a lawyer.

Costa: Why do I need a lawyer?

Ford: I want you to come work for me.

Proof that even before he turned his attention to directing movies, TF had a way with snappy dialogue.
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Photo: Marcio Madeira

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