8. Paul Costelloe
It is such an honor to have been chosen to take part in this wonderful exhibition. I am a great believer in preserving Ireland’s great land which helps keep our identity alive today.
Dublin born Paul Costelloe is one of the most established names in British Fashion. With a strong sense of style and the desire to create wearable designs with a fresh feel, it is easy to see why Paul Costelloe has been the head of such a successful label for over 30 years. In the late 1960s, Paul went to Paris and enrolled at the Chamber Syndicate, the French equivalent of the British Fashion Council. Typically dismissive of his formal training, Paul says he learnt most about fashion just by living in Paris in the era of Ungaro and Cardin. By 1969, still only 23 years old, he was design assistant to Jacques Esterel. Two years later, Paul became a designer with La Renescente, the department store whose previous designers had included Giorgio Armani.
By the time he had added the USA to his CV, working first in New York and then in Philadelphia, Paul Costelloe had become an experienced designer. It was time to create his own label, which he did by moving back to Ireland in 1979. The Paul Costelloe label has since welcomed great success and acclaim. The brand has been invited to open London Fashion Week for the last 10 season, an honour and a challenge which Paul always cherishes. The label has also expanded into homewear, leather goods, eyewear and the ever popular Paul Costelloe jewelry collection. The Men’s and ladies collections are now designed from central London where Paul resides with his wife, daughter and six sons.