Victor Costa (’58) Legendary Fashion Designer
Hard work, and a lot of luck: that’s what Victor Costa (’58) attributes to his success as a world-famous fashion designer.
One life-changing stroke of luck came from his University of Houston professor, Dr. Edwin B. Roberts. Roberts encouraged Costa to attend the renowned École de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, and Costa went from showcasing his designs in pool-side fashion shows on the UH campus to learning from fashion greats in Paris, France.
Costa is still involved with his alma mater, and he and his wife, Jerri Ann, are dedicated to student success: they established an endowed scholarship for Retailing and Consumer Sciences students at the UH College of Technology in 2015. Most recently, he appeared on a distinguished alumni panel on January 19, 2017, organized in celebration of the “Here, We Go” billion dollar campaign for the University of Houston.
While the University no longer offers a fashion design program, the College of Technology does offer degrees in Retailing and Consumer Sciences — the business side of Costa’s enterprises. “The program I attended has all evolved into retailing,” he observed. He wishes there were still a fashion design program at UH, but appreciates the forward-thinking direction of the University and the College of Technology. “It’s a wonderful environment,” he said.
His professional journey wasn’t always easy, but Costa stayed true to his childhood dream of making the world a more sophisticated place with his beautiful, affordable designs. “The key thing is to have a dream, and to know you’re going to achieve it,” he said. “When you get knocked down, you’ve got to get back up again.”
Find out more about Costa’s process — and see his striking dresses — in the following video, which was made by the College of Technology in 2015 when Costa was honored at their annual Salute to Retail event. “I love Houston, it’s my home,” he said. “I’m so proud to be a graduate of the University of Houston.”