The following is a mini interview with fashion designers Costello Tagliapietra about their foray into menswear and their Perfect Cardigan. (due to new article length constraints, this interview will have to be in installments)
So…menswear...has this been something you've wanted to do for a while?
Ironically, we started our career making clothes for private clients and special projects, equally working for men and women. The last two big projects we worked on before we started Costello Tagliapietra were a Nine Inch Nails tour and wardrobe for Bruce Springsteen!At the time of the launch of our brand, men seemed less likely to be experimental in their clothes and womenswear seemed like a better place to start where we could still be creative and sell at the same time. In the back of our minds we knew menswear would come, so we continued to make our own clothing as well as for private clients and we waited for the right opportunity to do it in a way that felt interesting to us and for the brand.
Do you find it to be significantly different from making women's clothing?
In what way?
We approach design for men and women with the same ideas. We like for clothes to be about personal expression,for there to be an inherent realism and still hold a certain romance to them. It could be as simple as a color or a line of stitches, the details that tell the bigger story and make something seemingly simple feel modern and special. There are very few things we can create today that have not existed to some extent sometime in the past. Tools like Tumblr prove this with post after post attesting to the heavy referencing most design disciplines employ to their work. Knowing this…it is about how you lend your own voice and experience to that piece that sparks a new life to an idea and hopefully speak to a wide enough audience at the same time.