Tracy Reese (left), a Detroit native, designs a namesake line of "ultra-feminine pieces layered with intelligent nostalgia, charm and luxury," as well as additional apparel lines and brand categories. She's experienced firsthand the difficulties of keeping a small startup business afloat through tough times -- but she's also had the tremendous coup of seeing Michelle Obama wearing one of her designs on the cover of People magazine.
Francisco Costa (right), who grew up in Guarani, Brazil, has won two CFDA best womenswear designer awards in five years as the creative director of Calvin Klein Collection. His role at the helm of the only major American fashion house to maintain a consistent presence after the departure of its eponymous founder puts him at the forefront of the future of the industry.
Their shared wish? Swift passage of the Design Piracy Prohibition Act, the pending legislation that would create intellectual property protection for fashion designs under U.S. law.
And, of course, world peace.
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