What was your inspiration for your Michael Costello Men’s Collection?
“I wanted to design clothing for the men I would kind of want to look like really. I love things that are just different! I don’t like the traditional blazer, even though I wear them and I make them, but I like Men’s clothing to be a little more unconventional but not very feminine. I still like it to be masculine with a little bit of androgyny but things that men can actually wear and WANT to wear.”
Who is the ‘Michael Costello Woman’?
“I would definitely have to say that the ‘Michael Costello Woman’ is very sexy. I know that she is very confident. She is a Woman, Girl, Movie Star, Red Carpet Queen, she’s a Glamazon, she’s everything. She loves to wear beautiful dresses with sexy cut-outs, low plunges, and high slits.
People only think I make things for models, but I LOVE making things for curvy women too because they fill out the dresses AMAZINGLY!”
Besides high-end dresses and red carpet gowns, do you see yourself in the future creating more day-wear and casual, ready-to-wear pieces?
“Sure! In the future you know, God willing, everyone will get the opportunity to have a little piece of Michael Costello ready-to-wear. I know a lot of our clients and people that want to shop with us cant always get the couture custom gown. So eventually we want to be able to give them something within the $200-$400 cocktail price range.”
So I know you have styled a ton of celebrities, actresses and models. Who is the one person you haven’t styled yet, that you are dying to get to?
“To be honest with you, I don’t know how to style. I have never styled anyone. I don’t know how to do it, when to do it, what to put with what. I just love to make the gown and make the dress and let the stylist come in with the Celebrity, have them try it on and them accessorize it.
I would say, I would be the worst stylist in the whole entire world, because I don’t know what to put with what.
BUT, to answer your question, I have never worked with Angelina Jolie and I would literally, probably, bend over backwards in order to work with her and do something cool with her. She is just the epitome of sex appeal.”
In the next 5-10 years, where do you see yourself? Where do you see your name, your brand, where would you like to have your pieces be featured?
“Well you know, wherever God decides to take me. Or what ever doors God decides to open up for me that would be wonderful. I mean, I would love to definitely venture off to fragrances, handbags, designer shoes, you know, all of that. I would love to be able to do all of those things.”
Who inspires you?
“To be honest with you, it may sound a little conceited, but I constantly inspire myself. When I’m working, when I’m in my zone, when I’m in my moment, I’m instantly inspiring myself all the time. I can pick up fabric and drapes and do different things and play with them and I get inspirations for a new collection.
I’m already working on 3 collections and I haven’t event finished Spring which is debuting in September.
So inspiration can just come from a zipper, it can come from a shoe, from hair, a piece of glasses, and that’s what I love about what I do.
What made you get into this industry. What made you say, “Fashion is where I need to be”?
“Oh, I never wanted to get into fashion. I was born with this . There is this difference between people who want to be involved and go to school for it, but when you wake up in the morning and you cant wait to get to work and its the first thing that’s on your mind, you were born with it.
My mom will tell you stories about when I was a baby, 1 year old, drawing on the wall, playing with ponies, playing with barbies, playing with dresses, getting in trouble for cutting my sister’s clothes, that’s a true designer. I never wanted to be a singer, actor, entrepreneur, I love fashion, that’s just me.”
Do you have anything to tell your fans, to inspire them or to get them intrigued in the fashion industry?
“Take chances. Take risks. Be go-getters and don’t take no for an answer. Don’t be an opportunist though. Like Walter Mendez.
Such an amazing person and designer and an amazing pleasure to meet. Please take a chance to look at Michael Costello’s amazing dresses and gowns along with his men’s wear at his web site and instagram listed below!