The Paul Costelloe Story

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Paul Costelloe is not a label. Paul Costelloe is the designer himself and the values and philosophies that he holds dear – quality, youthfulness, beautiful tailoring, acute attention to detail and ensuring those that buy Paul Costelloe look and feel fantastic.

It is these values, as well as the designer’s passion and open and charismatic personality, that have grown Paul Costelloe from a small womenswear design and production house in Dublin selling one or two collections a year thirty-five years ago, to one of Ireland and the UK’s most recognisable design houses with a growing presence around the world.

The Paul Costelloe brand continues to be family owned and run through the designer’s headquarters in the heart of London’s fashion district, Paul maintains his position as head designer across all areas of the Paul Costelloe brand.

His rigorous standards for using the most beautiful fabrics, the most high-quality materials, as well as a team of expert pattern-makers, technicians and manufacturers, ensures every garment, accessory or ceramic is exceptionally beautiful with an essence of understated style.

1968

Leaves Ireland to study at the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, Paris

Paul Costelloe 1969 Jacques Esterel

1969-1971

Made design Assistant to Jacques Esterel, Paris

1972-1974

Becomes Chief House Designer for top department store La Rinascente, Milan

Paul Costelloe 1972 La Rinascente, Milan
Paul Costelloe

1974-1979

Takes position as Designer to Anne Fogarty, New York

1979

Returns to Ireland and establishes labels Paul Costelloe Collection and Paul Costelloe Dressage.

1982-1997

Becomes personal designer to Diana, Princess of Wales

Paul Costelloe Princess Diana 1982
Paul Costelloe

1987-1989

Three time winner of the Fil d’Or award of the International Linen Council

1991

Paul Costelloe launches at London Fashion Week and was made the opening designer in 2004 – a position held for more than 12 seasons.

Paul Costelloe London Fashion Week
Paul Costelloe Corporate Wear British Airways Uniform

1992

Designs landmark British Airways global uniform. The uniform would continue to be used for a record 12 years.

1994

Opens flagship store on the Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London

Paul Costelloe Store London
Paul Costelloe Olympic Team Uniform 2004

2004

Designs Irish Olympic Team uniform for the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece

2005

Launches Paul Costelloe Living range – a homewares range

Paul Costelloe Living
Paul Costelloe Menswear

2006

Launches Paul Costelloe Menswear collection which is sold extensively throughout the UK, Europe, Australia and Canada

2006-2011

Paul Costelloe designs uniforms for the wives of the European Ryder Cup Team

Paul Costelloe Ryder Cup Uniform
Paul Costelloe eyewear

2011

Launches Paul Costelloe Eyewear range

2012-2015

Becomes major event designer for British equestrian champion and granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, Zara Phillips

Paul Costelloe Zara Philips
Paul Costelloe Bags

2013

Launches Paul Costelloe Bags collection. Dresses Equestrian World Champion and Olympic Gold Medallist Charlotte Dujardin.