Interviewed by Tijana Ibrahimovic
Video by Eric Ziq Austin
Born in Bogota, Colombia in May 1984, Esteban Cortazar is a Paris-based designer. His distinctive style pays homage to his Latin heritage and combines it with French craftsmanship and feminine structure. Referred to by Vogue as “the most uninhibited designer showing in Paris” Cortazar’s collections are found in the most prestigious online retailers, department stores and luxury boutiques.
El Museo del Barrio, the nation’s premiere Latino and Latin American cultural institution founded by the Puerto Rican community, celebrated its 25th Annual Gala. Considered the museum’s most important fundraising event of the year, the Gala, held at The Plaza Hotel in New York City, welcomed nearly 400 luminaries and leaders in business, finance, fashion, entertainment, art and philanthropy.
El Museo’s 25th Annual Gala honored four individuals who have distinguished themselves in the fields of fashion, arts and cultural patronage. These include: artist Marta Minujín for Excellence in the Arts; fashion designer Esteban Cortazar for Excellence in Fashion; collector César Reyes, as an Outstanding Patron of the Arts; and music producer Maestro Julio Reyes Copello, as a Cultural Pioneer.