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April 8, 2011

Accidental’s Chat with Fashion Bears Costello Tagliapietra

by Accidental Bear

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A stitch at a time, Costello Tagliapietra are cementing themselves into fashion royalty. In some circles they are known as the ” fashion bears”, and let me add, of the world. With gay teens being bullied left and right, what’s  missing are gay, real men, role models. Growing up ,my gay “role models” actually made me cringe, and were examples of men I hoped to NEVER grow up to be like. If  fashion bears Costello Tagliapietra were in my sight while I was going through my growing pains, I would have seen it was possible to be all I can be.

Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra being wrapped in lumber jack, Brawny man looks themselves,  would surprise you as they send the finest, most delicate, feminine, body enhancing, gorgeous clothes down the cat walk. I give theses guys a ” Meow” for the ladies and a ” Woof” for the bears. Their clothes do not follow trends, for trends have short shelf lives, but follow “classic design”, and it is ever clear their heart and soul. Eyeballing their dresses in their Spring 2011 Collection (pictured below), my eyes get lost searching for a seam, and I go on a journey twisting and turning in the delicate fabrics and bask in the colors that which reflect rich colors of earth. Enough admiration for now ( really, I could go on and butter them up like a Thanksgiving turkey), let’s hear what the guys have to say.

Keep and eye open for the these two on April 21st, where they will launch their Uniqlo collaboration! FOR INFO CLICK


What goes on in the heads of Costello Tagliapietra:

Accidental Bear: How did such hunky, burly men start making such delicate clothing?

COSTELLO TAGLIAPIETRA: We began soon after meeting in 1994. Jeffrey had already been working on some amazing projects, and I(Robert) still in art school joined in right away. The first project we worked on together was the Madonna “Bedtime Story” video. It is a long story but after years of working on projects together including Nine Inch Nails to Bruce Springsteen we decided to create a capsule collection of hand crafted jersey dresses, an article in Vogue followed and the rest is history.

A B: I read that you were both taught by your grandmothers. While sewing did she give you some snappy, wise advice that stands with you today?

C T: “Don’t touch that” I think we are both tinkerers to a fault and it is sometimes better to leave your work alone and not to overwork things.

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AB: I have this vision of your furry knuckles working on such fine fabrics. How hands on are you guys in the making of the garments? Are they made in the US?

C T: All of our samples are made in-house actually!

We are very process driven, having begun our careers in costume where it was sometimes easier to just get things done yourself due to time restrictions. This began to inform how we work/design. All clothes that make it to the stores however, are made at factories.

AB: I bet the models just eat you guys up. Do you temp them with doughnuts or do you put out trays of Tic-tacs for lunch?

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C T: We love feeding the pretty little ladies!  We had cupcakes for them all a few seasons ago! During fittings, there are always a bunch of treats available to them… and don’t kid yourself, they do eat!

A B: Trends come and go like the wind. What is the shelf life for new trends?

C T: Trends are such a different thing thanks to the internet and fast fashion. For these reasons we stay away from trends because they put an unnecessary shelf life on your designs….we would rather think of what we do as heirloom or heritage; something to cherish and buy because of an emotional connection rather than a dictation from an editorial.

A B: Have you ever thought of making men’s clothing? (For me)

C T: Of course, it has to be great though! We have been looking for the right partner, so that we can do it properly and at the right price point.

A B: The Gays, what do you think about gay fashion these days? Beard trend? Whats next baby face smooth?

C T: Fashion in general is more democratized than ever…  it is impossible to spot gay from straight. The gay community especially, is embracing much more diversity than ever before. In the nineties there were really only a couple of “acceptable” ways to look, but today there are far less rules. In terms of facial hair, we are always fans of the beard as long as it is not one of those highly stylized chin strap varieties.

A B: While camping, would you rough it in a tent of get a log cabin? Frankly I see you in a log cabin, swinging an ax, but it might just be the flannels.

C T: Sure, red flannel union suits and a fire-warmed log cabin.

A B: What comes to mind when I say dingle berrys ?

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C T: Strangest question ever asked.

A B: Ha ha , my speciality is randomness.

AB: Husky jeans for boys? Discuss.

C T: All of our Sybil Isabel Dorsett-like personalities run and hide at the sound of those words and the torture associated with having that label on our grammar school behinds.

A B: Are you guys “gay married”? What are your thoughts about the term civil union? Same as marriage?

C T: After seventeen plus years of living together we are waiting for it to be wholly legal before getting properly married.  There is no reason we in the LGBT community have to accept anything less than any heterosexual citizen in the USA are offered.

A B: If you had a baby, which one of you would change its poopy diaper?

C T: Robert

A B: Your dresses are so feminine yet, I imagine what they would feel like on. Do you ever use plus size models on the runway? (me) 🙂

C T: We don’t believe in gimmicks like that.  It can send the wrong message and make it a spectacle.  We do however try to showcase different body types and races and ages in the casting each season.

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A B: That makes so much sense. A few shows I have witnessed lately, were circus side shows. I expected someone to walk by yelling, ” Cotton candy, Cotton candy!”

A B: What is your stance on fur used for fashion? Can there be an ethical way to use it?

C T: Fur is beautiful and a reality in luxury goods. There are though, gorgeous fake furs out there now.  Technological advances offer microfibers that are very close to the real thing! Baby alpaca is another humane alternative; the fur is only farmed from the babies who do not live through there first year. No alpaca is killed for it’s fur.

A B: It seems like most gay couples in a LTR are in an open relationship? Is that the key to a happy long-lasting LTR? Do believe in monogamy or think that it is just a heterosexual tradition?

C T: We can only speak for ourselves, we have been in a monogamous seventeen year relationship.  We have friends, straight and gay, in many types of arrangements, and they are equally as happy.

A B: That is amazing. Congrats to you for every one of those 17 years.

A B: A gallon of neapolitan ice cream slips into your grocery cart. What would be the first flavor gone?

C T: Vanilla

A B: What comes to mind when I say tranny bear?

C T: John Travolta?

A B: (Ding Ding Ding, balloons drop from ceiling) hilarious answer.

A B: Have any of your models had any epic falls on the runway?

C T: Thankfully no!


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A B: Are there any unconventional or unusual fabrics you like to work with?

C T: We began our career being known for our use of jersey. Recently, we have been using the company AirDye to dye our fabrics with their technology which saves upwards of 60 gallons of water per dress made!

A B: Do have any other creative outlets? Knitting? Naked yoga? Macrame? Braiding each others chest hair?

C T: Competitive eating

A B: Awesome, when we meet, we’ll have a pie eating contest! I warn you, I can shovel food down. We’re on!

A B: What does the future hold for your line? Have any surprises up your sleeves?

C T: Surprises are better when you don’t know ahead of time  😉

A B: Finally and most importantly, when I finally meet you guys in person can we have a three-way kiss?

C T: We are great huggers

A B: Awesome, I’ll take two!

I will keep an eager eye on you two from now on. I know there is an audience of yours, that gets goose bumps at the mention of your name. Until next time, Robert and Jeffrey, you make this unmanageable modern world, a much more pleasant one to look at. Much love to you and thanks for playing!

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December 31, 2010

Eyes On: COSTELLO TAGLIAPIETRA 2011

by Accidental Bear

At one point in our lives we all played the game, What would I dress like if I were a girl? Preppy? Jock? Tranny? I come to you with exciting news. I finally have decided if I were a girl I would dress like a runway model for COSTELLO TAGLIAPIETRA. When living in Hawaii I was continuously on the look out for airy, flowing, loose, nuetral colored mens bottoms ( No, I’m not talking power bottoms you perv) so the boys downstairs (my balls)could breath. After viewing  COSTELLO TAGLIAPIETRA 2011 spring collection, it fulfills my breezy ball breathing dream BUT in women’s wear. They’ve managed, in their designs to make me wonder, ” Where are the seams?” and ” How do they imagine to get elaborate structure out of such delicate fabric choices? “These two designer Bear hotties have again created a spectacular collection and my girl power-alter ego will be wearing this line in my mind.

Looking at these two you might think they would smell like lumber-jacks or wood chips, but instead they reek of talent.These unlikely  looking bearded men are quite in touch with their feminine side and the result on the runway makes this ever-clear!

So, I ask, ” Who Are COSTELLO TAGLIAPIETRA anyhow?

Robert Tagliapietra and Jeffrey Costello were destined to meet and become the dynamic designing duo Costello Tagliapietra. Growing up in working class families, Robert in Westchester, New York and Jeffrey in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, both had grandmothers who worked as seamstresses at Norman Norell, yet they had never met.
In the 80’s, Jeffery began designing clothes in collaboration with local New York bands, which led to a lot of video work, movies, and personal wardrobes for stars like Madonna, Debi Mazar, and Dépêche Mode. In 1994, Robert and Jeffery met and it was clearly kismet. Their first collaboration was working for Madonna’s bedtime stories video and instantly the two realized that together, they could take the fashion world by storm. They were partners, a divine designing duo that still today claims the most important and influential person in their lives is each other.
In 2005, Robert and Jeffery officially founded their company Costello Tagliapietra. They were first recognized by the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation and were awarded for an ensuing fall collection. Both being self taught, and with no direct connection to people in the industry, they blindly sent out their 12 look collection in a look book to hundreds of magazines. Within two weeks, they received a call from Irini Arakas from Vogue who wrote a story about them in March. By June, they were a company.

http://www.costellotagliapietra.com/

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