Michael Costello

OUT 10/21/2010

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Michael Costello Video Blog: Episode 14

Michael Costello returns for a reunion with the other designers from Project Runway Season 8. In this video ...
  • Michael Costello Video Blog: Episode 14
  • Michael Costello's Best Moments
  • Michael Costello's Design Retrospective
  • Extended Judging of Michael Costello, Episode 13
  • Tim Critiques Michael Costello: Episode 13
  • Michael Costello Video Blog: Episode 13
  • Extended Judging of Michael Costello, Episode 12
  • Michael Costello Video Blog: Episode 12
  • Tim Critiques Michael Costello: Episode 12
  • Tim Critiques Michael Costello: Episode 11
  • Extended Judging of Michael Costello, Episode 11
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  • Tim Critiques Michael Costello: Episode 10
  • Extended Judging of Michael Costello, Episode 10
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  • Tim Critiques Michael Costello: Episode 9
  • Michael Costello Video Blog: Episode 9
  • Extended Judging of Michael Costello, Episode 9
  • Tim Critiques Michael Costello: Episode 8
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  • Tim Critiques Michael Costello: Episode 7
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  • Extended Judging of Michael Costello, Episode 6
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  • Tim Critiques Michael Costello: Episode 6
  • Michael Costello Video Blog: Episode 5
  • Extended Judging of Team Luxe, Episode 5
  • Michael Costello Video Blog: Episode 4
  • Tim Critiques Michael Costello: Episode 4
  • Tim Critiques Michael Costello: Episode 3
  • Michael Costello Video Blog: Episode 2
  • Michael Costello Video Blog: Episode 1
  • Michael Costello's Casting Session
  • Michael Costello's Home Visit
  • Michael Costello's Closet Tour
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  • QUESTIONS & ANSWERS: MICHAEL'S TAKE

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    What was the first garment you ever made?
    I designed it and picked out the fabric, and a seamstress named Esperonza whipped it up in 1 day.
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    What is your music of choice when designing?
    Amy Winehouse, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Melanie Fiona. Lauryn Hill, Joss Stone.
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    When did you realize you had designer potential?
    When I was about 10 or 11. I've been designing and sketching since I was 4.
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    Favorite designer(s)?
    Elie Saab, Tom Ford, Valentino, Donatella Versace, Basil Soda.
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    Current occupation?
    Fashion designer.
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    Can you describe past jobs you've had?
    I've always been in fashion, though I have worked in a few restaurant kitchens too.
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    What is a fashion must?
    A reallllly amazing, slimming jacket in black!
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    What is your design training?
    Never been to school. I learned hand-sewing from my mom and then learned on my industrial machine.
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    Have you won any awards related to design?
    The 2009 Project ASID Award, with Dorothy Willets, for a dress made from upholstery and wallpaper.
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    What are your strengths as a designer?
    Draping, fit and my time to deliver a finished garment.
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    What are your weaknesses as a designer?
    Invisible zippers, men's clothing, some tailored pants.
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    What's influenced your designs over the years?
    In the past, low-cut styles from Valentino and Versace. Now, more structured styles like YSL.
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    What's your favorite material or fabric to work with?
    It's been jersey and knits for the longest time, but now I am loving brocade fabrics.
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    What's the item you're most proud of designing?
    An amazing little black and gold dress.
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    Do you prefer sketching or draping?
    I am great at both.
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    Do you prefer patterns or solids?
    I like patterns but adore a great solid.
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    What are your favorite colors?
    Black, burgundy, gold.
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    What's your biggest fear as a designer?
    Not satifying my customer.
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    What fashion faux pas drives you crazy?
    'Muffin tops,'' large women in tight shirts with skinny jeans.
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    What's the ugliest thing you've ever worn?
    Cargo shorts with way too many pockets, in brown! Dreadful.
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    Who are your favorite style icons?
    Sarah Jessica Parker.
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    How would you dress first lady Michelle Obama?
    A cream and lilac silk gown with a fitted top, and tulle and lace layers from the waist down.
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    What celebrity would you like to design for?
    Angelina Jolie and Cameron Diaz.
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    Who's your supermodel muse?
    Esther Canadas, Gisele Bundchen, Suwana Perry.
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    What do you look for in a model?
    Height, sharp features, big lips, exotic eyes, long hair, killer runway walk, good-sized boobies.
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    If you had to name your label, you'd call it . . .
    Michael Costello.
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    If you weren't designing, you'd be . . .
    Designing.
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    Dream place to set up your design business?
    New York, in SoHo or in Anna Wintour's office. Hahaha.
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    Websites that feature your work, including your own site(s)?
    michaelcostello.com, boxeight.com, Facebook, MySpace.
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    Any other cultures or places you wish you could design for?
    I would love to design somewhere in Paris or Rome.
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    How were you described as a kid?
    The little closet gay kid, but everyone would say I was a child prodigy, a great kid, well-behaved.
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    How are you described now?
    Mom and Dad would say amazing, just want me to be married and straight. My friends say I'm awesome.
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    Can you describe your family?
    Very wonderful, but only when you obey their rules LOL. Great parents and even better grandparents.
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    Marriage or kids?
    Have a boyfriend, not married. Two kids: Giovani, 6, and Coco, 5.
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    Do you have any pets?
    Four dogs: Rocky (pit bull), Bailey (mini goldendoodle), Picky (bichon frise) and Charlie (no idea).
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    Do you have any nicknames?
    Brother and sisters called me ''American boy,'' 'cause I wanted to step outside the box like my dad.
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    Why are you (or aren't you) easy to live with?
    Not easy 'cause if you don't put something away, I am going to tell you to do it!
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    What's your favorite hangout back home?
    In Palm Springs, I have to say Hunters.
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    What are your hobbies besides designing?
    Redoing my kitchen.
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    What are your favorite movies and TV shows?
    Sex and the City, Desperate Housewives, Project Runway, anything on the Food Network.
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    What are your favorite websites?
    Eonline for fashion, Sinternet for music, YouTube for music videos.
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    What are your favorite books and authors?
    I don't like books, but I love magazines.
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    iPhone or BlackBerry?
    Love my iPhone.
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    Fast food or gourmet?
    I'm fat! I like it all, but Taco Bell has my heart right now.
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    Cooking or takeout?
    Cooking, definitely!
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    Favorite food?
    Anything with cheese turns me on.
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    Beer or wine?
    Neither. They have a flavor that just doesn't work for me.
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    Guiltiest pleasure?
    Some emo boys, hahaha. They can be kind of cute.
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    Biggest pet peeve?
    Slow drivers, traffic, and left-out food.
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    Favorite designer from past seasons of Project Runway?
    Christian Siriano, Nick Verreos, and my heart goes to Rami Kashou; what a man!
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    Project Runway challenge you hope they bring back for your season?
    I would've kicked ass on the Sarah Jessica Parker ''Bitten'' challenge or the drag-queen one!
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    Project Runway challenge you hope they don't bring back for your season?
    The wedding-gown redo or the mom challenge, 'cause my mom is picky!
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    Your take on team challenges?
    Don't like them, but I'm up for it if I get to do what I am strongest at.
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    How did you end up auditioning for Project Runway?
    I checked out the site to see if there was a casting, and sure enough, there was, so I followed the steps.
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    Why are you going to win?
    I know the business, how to appeal to a buyer's eye and give my customer what she wants.

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