Fabio Costa

Fabio Costa

Veteran - Out Episode 13

New York, NY
Project Runway Season 10 (Runner-up)
Project Runway All Stars Season 4 (5th Place)

As runner-up on Season 10 of “Project Runway,” and placing fifth on Season 4 of “Project Runway All Stars,” Fabio has been climbing his way up the industry, showcasing collections at New York Fashion Week, Vancouver Fashion Week, FashionNext Portland and FashionNext Dallas. He recently made a conscious and well received decision to work with only vintage garments and thrifted goods in an attempt to challenge himself and be sustainable.

Fabio has been through a lot this past year – both personally and professionally, and is excited to jump back into the competition. More will be expected from him this time around, so he’s ready to get his hands dirty and consistently churn out impressive designs that will wow the judges.


Bring us up to speed! What have you been up to since your time on “Project Runway All Stars”?
Since I was last on “Project Runway All Stars” Season 4, I’ve had the opportunity to design an ensemble for the American Folk Art Museum, and I’ve transitioned from fashion to theater and worked at costumes shops for Broadway and ballet. I’ve also been able to establish my brand, NotEqual, at the forefront of genderless fashion.

What garment from your season of “Runway” do fans compliment you on the most to this day?
My finale collection from Season 10.

What do you think you are best remembered for from your season?
My personal style and design aesthetics.

What are your strengths as a designer at this point in your career? Any weaknesses you’re still working on?
Having already two seasons competing on “Project Runway,” I’ve gotten pretty good at designing under the time restraints. A weakness would have to be that I sometimes second guess my ideas, and theres no time for that.

How has your design aesthetic changed since your time on the show, if at all?
It has evolved in more minimal and wearable garments, but I still devote most of my creative process to research and experimentations with shapes and textiles.

Who is your favorite fellow “Project Runway” designer from any season, including yours, and why?
It’s a tie between, Christopher Palu and Sonjia Williams. We instantly became friends on Season 10 and I still have the best time when I’m around them.

What makes you all-star material?
I’m an innovative thinker. I want my designs to have soul, but I can back all the creative ideas up with sharp skills.