Franco Lacosta is an international high fashion model turned photographer and menswear designer. Born in New York, raised in Puerto Rico, Franco studied Art History at Pratt Institute. During these formative years in college, Franco had the opportunity to meet the master Italian couturier Gianfranco Ferre, who offered him an internship at his design house in Milan.
This gave Lacosta the opportunity to learn and understand the business of fashion and opened the door to his career, which encompassed multiple aspects of the fashion world – starting as an intern, becoming a model, brand ambassador, designer, collaborator, beauty expert and photographer – providing a full spectrum of experiences in the industry and the ultimate knowledge necessary to creating a successful brand. Throughout the years, Lacosta worked in Italy with Gianfranco Ferre where he was featured in Italian Vogue; in Paris as brand ambassador with Yves Saint Laurent, in London with the likes of style patron Isabella Blow, and lastly in New York, where, amongst others, he has been capturing the exceptional designs of Naeem Khan in his photography. Additionally, he captivated the audiences all across America in the original content that he has co-produced and created for the TV network NBC Universal, while being featured in shows such as Model Latina and America’s Next Top Model.
Lacosta currently resides in Chelsea, New York, where his studio is also located. After having gathered vast experiences in the fashion and beauty world, he is now establishing a progressive menswear and accessories lines.