Born in Bristol, Pennsylvania, Jeffrey Costello moved to New York in his teenage years where he began his career in fashion, designing clothing for various actresses and musicians. In 1994, he met partner, New York native and Parson’s School of Design graduate, Robert Tagliapietra and together they have created Costello Tagliapietra, a collection that fuses their aesthetics into a concise ready-to-wear collection that borders on the couture in technique and process. Costello and Tagliapietra were both trained at an early age by their grandmothers in the finer points of tailoring (both of whom, coincidentally, worked for Norman Norell in the 1960’s). The designer’s learned as children, couture techniques in patternmaking, construction and how to design the perfect fitting garment.
Spring 2005 fashion week marked Costello Tagliapietra’s premier on the New York runways. The collection, consisting of nineteen looks was inspired by the photographs of Francesca Woodman and by the Pre-Raphaelite paintings of John Everett Millais and J.W. Waterhouse. Of the show, Irini Arakas of Vogue wrote, “simply beautiful.” Costello Tagliapietra also received rave reviews from WWD, who stated that the duo made a “beautiful first impression.” Costello Tagliapietra went on to win the 2005 Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Award and presented their second well-received collection, of twenty-four looks, in which Style.com called “expertly executed”.
Costello Tagliapietra has been chosen by Arianne Phillips to be included in “Sample”, a book published in June 2005, by Phaidon Press, representing influential designers who have emerged within the past ten years. Costello Tagliapietra were recently featured in Harper’s Bazaar along side Padma Lakshmi, as well as being featured on the cover of the newly redesigned Paper magazine, worn by Kelly Osbourne. The designers continue their work on the Bruce Springsteen world tour as well as wife, Patti Scialfa’s tour. Other projects include designing costumes for the Levi's Red sponsored, Fischerspooner show and accompanying short film, Sweetness, as well as Nine-Inch Nail’s world tour and television appearances including The MTV Music Awards. The duo’s work has been featured in films, including Zoolander, Woo, Goodfella’s, Jungle Fever, Showgirls and music videos, most notably, Madonna’s Bedtime Story and Massive Attack’s Sly. Costello Tagliapietra include Padma Lakshmi. Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lopez, Madonna, Cameron Diaz, Kyra Sedgwick, Debi Mazar, as private clients. Their designs were also included in an exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, entitled Swords into Ploughshares, which showcased military inspired fashion.
The Costello Tagliapietra collection, beautiful both inside and out, is masterfully finished with gussets, bound edges and French seams resulting in expertly tailored clothing perfect for the modern woman. Working primarily in knits, playing with the tension between fabric, drape and silhouette, the designers have created a unique vision that is both elegant and timeless. Costello and Tagliapietra intend to build their business in a deliberate way by finding a niche for themselves in the ready-to-wear market while still holding on to their couture, made–to-measure techniques. Finding inspiration in music, art and fashion the references for their collections are not solely dictated by a certain decade, muse or idea, but rather a myriad of inspirations blended, building a silhouette and look that is distinctly their own.
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