Parsons The New School for Design honored Tom Murry, President & CEO of Calvin Klein, Inc., and Francisco Costa, the company's Women's Creative Director for Calvin Klein Collection at its 2009 Parsons Fashion Benefit at Cipriani Wall Street.
Each year the event celebrates visionaries who have significantly contributed to the field of fashion design, as well as presents the top student collections including Parsons Designers of the Year.
Chairman, President & CEO of Macy's Terry Lundgren presented Mr. Murry with his honorary award, while Vogue's Editor-at-Large Andre Leon Talley bestowed Mr. Costa with his award.
This year, Parsons presented New York Times Fashion Critic Cathy Horyn with the first Student Icon Award, which is given by the graduating class to a powerful voice in the fashion community that inspires and influences their work.
Additionally, Parsons Alumnus Peter Som presented a short film about Parsons.
"We are honored to celebrate the achievements of Francisco Costa and Tom Murry in fashion design and their success in branding and retail," said New School President Bob Kerrey.
"Both Tom and Francisco have shown through their actions that they know that the design industry can only remain viable when it keeps evolving.
They also recognize that nurturing and cultivating the future talent is essential to business success."