About Michael

Who is Michael Costello?

Michael Costello is an American Couture Fashion Designer of Greek and Italian descent. Also the first ever American rom (gypsy) Fashion designer. He is 29 years old and a father of two. He was featured on Project Runway season 8, finishing in 4th place, and he was a Project Runway All-Star season 1 finalist. Michael showed his collection at Mercedez Benz Fashion week in 2010.

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How did Michael get started?

Michael is already ahead of the game and has something above most designers in his category, because he was born with his talent and never went to school to learn how to drape or sew. When he was only 14, Michael made his first couture collection with lipstick productions of Los Angeles, a fashion show production company earning him a fashion review and listing in Vogue Magazine's article, " Los Angeles' Hidden Talent" and a write up from editor in chief of Glue Magazine Laurie Pike. Michael has been designing since the age of four years old and at age 15, he opened his first boutique in Palm Springs, CA, and being self taught, was told he was qualified to attend FIDM. He was offered a teaching job instead by guidance counselor Bon-Marie on how to drape and sew naturally. He opted to take a one-year internship with Bob Mackie instead! After his year-long internship, Michael, then 16, took a job designing clothes for Clare's collection, famous for their red carpet and pageant gowns. Michael felt right at home designing and hasn’t slowed his role since.

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What does Michael do outside of designing?

Michael has been asked to do many charity fashion shows such as Pennies for Homeless, with special guests Freddy Prince, Jr. and Sarah Michelle Geller, which raised more than $250,000. Other charity events have included: Project Ethos, Sheknows.com, The Theresa A Mike Foundation, and The Desert Cancer Foundation, The Desert Aids Project, and many more in the Coachella Valley. Michael helped raise over $9,000 for the Go Red For Women Foundation and earned him a spot in Macy's where his gowns were featured for two months to help raise awareness about the charity. Michaels reputation comes from his strong designs and his very consistent generosity.

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Who has Michael dressed?

Michael has been designing for some of today's hottest celebrities. His portfolio includes designs for: Toni Braxton, Paulina Rubio, Paris Hilton, Selma Hayek, Traci Bingham, Livvi Franc, Mary J. Bilge, Nicole Richie, Lindsay Lohan, Mya, Celine Dion, Michelle Williams and many others. You may have seen Michael's designs worn in various TV shows such as The Real Housewives of Orange County. His first collection presented at LA Fashion Week was a huge success for him.

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What has Michael been up to since Project Runway?

Michael has been working on building his brand and helping his buisness thrive. He recently opened a showroom in the garment district of Downtown Los Angeles and has been working on creating new collections.

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What is the fan favorite favorite garment from project Runway?

Without a doubt it has to be the dress that sent him to the Season 8 finale - the black Statue of Liberty dress.

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What celebrities would Michael love to dress?

Eva Longoria, Kate Beckinsale, Sarah Jessica Parker.

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Which fashion rule does Michael think is begging to be broken?

“Mixing and matching. I think it's OK to be a bit matchy. Honestly, if it's cute, fits right and you feel happy in it, wear it!”

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What is the one thing you might not know about Michael?

That Mondo and Michael really are best friends!

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