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A graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Darren received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in design and photography.  Upon graduation he spent several years living and working in Paris, Milan and Prague, focusing on the luxury market as both a creative director and photographer. Client list includes:  QVC, Saks Fifth Avenue, Kellwood, Vietnam’s Vinatex, Warner Bros. Records, Hachette Filipacchi Media, Bravo, Mini Cooper, Euro RSCG Tathem to name a few.  His photography work has been published globally.  Darren is a founding partner in Marquis Vodka.

Photo & Brand Strategy based Creative Director - 2018 

Marquis Vodka – NYC
Chief Creative Officer & Partner

Louisiana State Museum (501c3) - New Orleans
Creative and program development consultant

Sims Metal Management - Global
Creative Director & Photographer

LMI Aerospace - Tulsa
Creative Director & Photographer

New Orleans Jazz Restoration Society (501c3) - New Orleans
Chief Creative Officer – Jazz Museum development

JLL Corporate Real Estate Management
Advertising & Marketing materials
Creative Director & Photographer

NFL’s Allstate Sugar Bowl  2016 / 2017
Advertising & Marketing materials
Creative Director - Photographer

Starbucks - Corporate - Seattle
Advertising & Marketing materials
Creative Director & Photographer

Home Depot - Corporate - Atlanta
Advertising & Marketing materials
Creative Director & Photographer

Swagbucks Corporate - Los Angeles
Consumer Rebate group
Creative Director & Photographer

Copyright Society of the USA - NYC
Advertising & Marketing materials
Creative Director & Photographer

McNeilus Companies - Minnesota 
Trucking manufacturing 
Advertising & Marketing materials
Creative Director & Photographer

Kellwood – New England Division – NYC
$2 Billion Annual Apparel Conglomerate - Marketing Campaign for Nordstrom’s
Advertising & Marketing materials
Creative Director & Photographer

CurveStyle – NYC
Advertising & Marketing materials
Creative Director & Photographer

QVC – PA. / NYC
$8.7 billion electronic retailing
Creative Director & Lead Designer

Vinatex Textile & Garment Corp – NYC / Vietnam
$896 million annual billing
Consultant

Hachette Filipacchi Media
Integrated Marketing & Publishing – NYC
Consulting Elle Magazine / New Prototype Division

Milk & Honey - NYC - New Orleans
Children's appearal, retail space and educational materials
Creative Director & Photographer

Lisa Aviva - NYC
Women’s luxury collection
Creative Director & Photographer

Pace Marcom – Houston
Journal of Laser Dentistry
Advertising & Marketing materials
Creative Director & Photographer

Tipitina’s Foundation (501c3) – New Orleans
Member Advisory Board

Brand Source – New Jersey
Wholesale appliance supplier
Advertising & Marketing materials
Creative Director & Photographer

2 Cute Prom Wear – New Orleans
Juniors apparel
Advertising & Marketing materials
Creative Director & Photographer

Pinkerton & Laws - Orlando
Commerical and hotel development
Advertising & Marketing
Creative Director & Photographer

Patti LaBelle for Downtown Showroom - NYC
Creative Director & Photographer.

Doris Megger - Dusseldorf, Germany
Fashion Campaign / Marketing materials
Creative Director & Photographer.

McKenzie Manatee Farms - New Orleans
Mike McKenzie New Orleans Saints spirits line
Advertising & Marketing materials
Creative Director & Photographer

Mini Cooper – London
Advertising & Marketing materials
Producer

Dukes of Melrose – Bravo TV - Los Angeles
Segment Producer

Trentacosta New York - NYC
Women’s RTW Collection
Creative Director / Head Designer

LinkedIn & Rice University - Houston
Marketing & Advertising Photography

Wing Zone - Franchise Restaurants - Houston
Architectural & Marketing Photography

Archimania – Memphis
Architectural Firm
Advertising & Marketing materials
Creative Director & Photographer

Green Monkey Yoga Studios – Miami Beach
Advertising & Marketing materials
Creative Director & Photographer

Aviva Underpants - NYC
Men's contemporary fashion
Advertising-Branding & Photography

Lilly & Taylor – NYC
$30 Million Annual Women’s manufacturing
Advertising & Marketing materials
Creative Director & Photographer

Trial Graphix – Chicago
Courtroom Graphics
Advertising & Marketing Photographer

Accent Chicago – Chicago
Advertising Agency for City of Chicago
Advertising & Marketing Photographer

DTO Sports Management – Chicago
Talent Management - Chicago Bears
Creative Director & Photographer

The McClier Corporation – Chicago
Creative Director & Photographer

Euro RSCG Tathem – Chicago
$27 Billion Annual Euro - Advertising Agency
Advertising & Marketing Photographer

Stern Hall – Chicago
Corporate Marketing & Special Events Planner
Advertising & Marketing Photographer

Museum of Contemporary Art – Chicago
Advertising & Marketing Photographer

FloraLife – Chicago
Agricultural & Research Laboratory
Advertising & Marketing Photographer

Columbia / Micheal Reese Hospital – Chicago
Advertising & Marketing Photographer

Paint Me A Party Productions – Chicago
Corporate Event Planner
Advertising & Marketing Photographer

Antalis Morris Music Agency – Chicago
Advertising & Marketing Photographer

Signature Inn Hotel Corporate – Indiana
Creative Director & Photographer

ComTrak – Chicago
Music Production Studios
Advertising & Marketing Photographer

Arthur Imparato Talent Management – Los Angeles
Talent Management – Including Ellen Degeneres

Richard Grant & Associates – Los Angeles
Celebrity Public Relations – Including talent Cher, Richard Dreyfuss.

Warner Bros Records – Los Angeles
Creative Writing - Research Department
Accounts: Madonna, Prince, Ice T

RETAIL CLIENTS

New York – Banana Republic, Bloomingdale’s Corporate

Beverly Hills – Escada, Neiman Marcus, May Co. 

Chicago – Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Brooks Brothers, Sports Authority, Marshall Fields, Henri Bendel’s, Banana Republic, Paint Me a Party Special Events 

Minneapolis – Bloomingdale’s Corporate

New Orleans – Uptown Square Shopping Mall

PUBLISHED WORK

Vogue Italia
Featured Beverly Peele for Vogue Black

Ocean Drive Magazine – Miami
Editorial Photographer

Amaan Magazine – Paris, France
Editorial photographer

V Magazine – Paris, France
Editorial photographer

Men’s Health – Milan, Italy
Editorial Photographer

Gentleman’s Option – Milan, Italy
Editorial Photographer

Chicago Magazine – Chicago
Editorial Photographer

Asbury Park Press - New Jersey
Editorial Photographer / Creative Director

Dwell – NYC
Architectural Magazine

Wired Magazine - NYC
Cover Art spread

Bloomberg Magazine – NYC
Editorial Photographer / Creative Director

Mid South Magazine – Memphis
Editorial Photographer / Creative Director

Gambit - “Cue” Magazine – New Orleans
Editorial Photographer / Creative Director

225 Magazine – Baton Rouge
Editorial Photographer / Creative Director

Amelie G Magazine – New Orleans
Editorial Photographer / Creative Director

Bombshell Magazine – Atlanta
Editorial Photographer / Creative Director

Visaul & Floor Design - Corporate Retail
Cities Include:  New York City, Beverly Hills, Chicago, New Orleans
Clients Include:  Henri Bendels, Bloomingdales, Macys, Banana Republic, Escada, Brooks Brothers, Neiman Marcus, Uptown Square, May Companies, Sports Authority and Marshall Fields

TELEVISON & PRESS WORK

Television • The View • NBC’s Life Moment’s • CNN’s "Business Unusual” • CBS Early Show • Fox News • Good Morning Phoenix • B.E.T. • QVC • WOR New Jersey • North West Afternoon Seattle • Today Show with Katie Couric • North West Morning Portland • The Norma Goodman Show in Anchorage, Alaska • Talk of the Town Tennessee • Live at Five - NYC • ISAA Talk Radio • Fox News - NYC- 6 appearances • University of New Hampshire • Univision & Telemundo Talk shows in Puerto Rico • Bowling Green University • Oahu based local morning TV show in Hawaii • Live with Regis and Kathie Lee • Good Day New York • Good Morning Texas • Good Morning Philadelphia

Press • Glamour • Oprah • Lou Lou • All You • People Style Watch • Times Picayune • Gambit • Crain’s Business NY. • Boston TAB • Talk magazine • Chicago Sun • Orlando Sentinel • Pittsburgh Post Gazette • Frederick, Pa. • Wall Street Journal • Marie Claire • People • New York Times • Asbury Park Press • US Weekly • Tobe Report • WWD • Mode • Figure • Good House Keeping • Journal of Laser Dentistry

 

Education

B.F.A.
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
portfolio: www.darrentrentacosta.com
cell: 917.968.4300
email: darrentrentacosta@gmail.com

 

 

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