Joseph Altuzarra is a fashion designer who shows in New York under the label Altuzarra. Altuzarra was born and raised in Paris, and after graduating high school attended Swarthmore College in Philadelphia, where he completed a B.A. in Art and Art History with a strong focus on fashion and architecture. He interned with Marc Jacobs, and then joined the Proenza Schouler team as freelance designer. In October 2006, Riccardo Tisci recruited Altuzarra as design assistant for Givenchy, where he worked on the ready-to-wear collections, with particular emphasis on tailoring. He showed his first Altuzarra collection for S/S 2009 in September 2008, and his collections have been much-fêted, featured extensively in publications including French, Italian, American and British Vogue, Elle, The New York Times and Womens Wear Daily. The Altuzarra collection is stocked by over thirty retailers worldwide including Barney's, Opening Ceremony, Liberty and Harvey Nichols. In 2009 Altuzarra was nominated for the CFDA Swarovski Womenwear award, and for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund.