A Chic Chit Chat with Costello Tagliapietra

by Corbin Brett Chamberlin Photographed by Costello Tagliapietra
Monday, August 15, 2011
Costello Tagliapietra

Jeffery Costello and Robert Tagliapietra are fashion’s most rugged looking design duo, yet they are responsible for what might be the most lady-like clothes out there. A garment from Costello Tagliapietra is a kind of ‘’instant chic-consolidation’ to the modern woman’s closet; thoughtfully designed and constructed with the ultimate goal of making a woman look stunning.

You’ll find no distractions in the designs of Costello Tagliapietra. Jeffery and Robert make their talent and skill vulnerable with an out-in-the-open aesthetic: clean cuts, impeccable draping and a unapologetic defiance towards trends – adding longevity and a timeless appeal to their clothes.’s Meenal Mistry tells AVENUEinsider: “Jeffrey and Robert are real designers, in that they have a deep understanding of technique – pattern cutting, draping and how to use that to make a woman look beautiful. These are designers who live and breathe their work. Their studio and apartment are one in the same. They’ve told me about waking up in the middle of the night to tinker on a dress. But even if you don’t know this about them, it’s pretty obvious when you put on one of their dresses and realize that it’s been crafted to flatter and lay just so.”

AvenueInsider speaks with the lovely Jeffery and Robert to discuss their next collection and other plans for the “fashion bears.”

In your opinion what is ‘’the formula’ of good design? 

“I think the most important objective is honesty to yourself and your work. And following your instincts because when you do; everything else, like relevancy and sale-ability, inevitably fall into place.”

Being a duo, how do you manage your creative differences? 


“This is all particular to the duo. For us it is important to share all duties.”

How do you measure the success of each collection? Press? 


“It is much more personal than that. Of course it all matters, but at some point you realize not everyone is going to like your path or understand the direction you are going, but if you can look back and be confident that will keep you going and eventually the two come together.”

What can you tell us about the S/S 2012 collection?


“It has been really cathartic for us thus far. We have been exploring our past vocabulary and to really try and step back and define where we are aesthetically and where we want to go. It is important for us to design things that are universally loved. The customer today is not specific in range in age, body and purpose.”

If you weren’t working in fashion, what vocation would you take up? 

“Probably solitary farmers.”

What is the biggest mistake a brand can make? 


“These are just tough times right now for all industries with the incessant need for more and more information for the outcrop of new media and old media that surround us. There are obvious pitfalls but less obvious ones as well. We are all subject to a trip up nowadays when we all put so much out in the open for the public to devour. We all love information but we can’t help but miss the mystery that surrounded celebrity back in our youth and the labor that it took to research those things that are so easily handed to us today. That work and dedication it took to follow your favorite obsessions back then, meant there needed to be greater substance and also added to your love; today because of the information being too readily available our heroes and heroines have a shorter shelf life.”

Like with Uniqlo, do you have any partnerships/collaborations in the work? 


“Yes, we are always open to collaborating it is a fun and educational exercise for us. Nothing we can talk about yet though – we are superstitious!”





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