Nicknamed the “lumberjacks of fashion” in their debut in Vogue, Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra have also been a large part of the Brooklyn Movement. The Wall Street Journal claimed, “they anticipated the hipster movement. They’re pioneers.” Fashionista said, “In addition to cutting killer dresses season after season, their uniform--plaid, suspenders, and those signature grizzled beards make them the original cuddly hipsters of the fashion world.”
Born in Bristol, Pennsylvania, Jeffrey Costello moved to New York during his teenage years and began his career in fashion designing clothing for a variety of downtown actresses and musicians. In 1994, he met partner, New York native and Parson’s School of Design graduate, Robert Tagliapietra and joined forces to dress the high demand of the downtown New York film and music scene. Both Robert and Jeffrey were taught at an early age by their grandmothers in the finer points of tailoring (both of whom, coincidentally, worked for Norman Norell in the 1960s). The designers learned couture techniques in patternmaking and construction as children and throughout the years of creating custom wardrobes for private clients have honed their skills in designing the perfect fitting garment.
Encouraged by clients to bring the beauty of their talent to women everywhere, they launched Costello Tagliapietra with the Spring 2005 runway collection and went on to win the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Award that same year. Costello Tagliapietra were then named finalists of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund both in 2005 and 2006, and in the summer of 2006, both designers were elected to the CFDA. In 2010, the designers won the CFDA/Lexus Hybrid Living Award as well as collaborated with Uniqlo on two consecutive highly successful collections.
Always inspired by their intuitive understanding of the female physique and the desire to make a woman feel confident, comfortable and beautiful, Robert and Jeffrey play with the tension between fabric, drape and silhouette that borders on couture in technique and process– creating a vision of ultra femininity and modern elegance.