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Designer Paul Costelloe: 'It really makes you realise how lucky you are just to be working'

He’s one of Britain and Ireland’s best known designers and though Paul Costelloe shows no signs of slowing down, he’s adapting his work for a virtual audience

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Paul Costelloe, AW2020

Paul Costelloe, AW2020

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Paul Costelloe, AW2020

"It's like making a Ben Hur or The Ten Commandments in one day." That's how designer Paul Costelloe describes his AW21 fashion collection which debuted as an online show just two weeks ago. "It's a new experience, doing virtual shows. You have to become more camera orientated and keep the budget down because situations are pretty tough at the moment so you use your brain a little bit."

While quite unlike the fashion shows we expect from designers, which include the atmosphere of crowds mingling and photographers snapping those dressed for the occasion, virtual shows give designers a second chance at editing says Paul.

"You can look at it and if you don't like it, tweak it. It's like a tiny mini film and you can make changes here and there from that point of view. But you don't have the atmosphere there, we have an empty catwalk, nobody sitting around it. It's quite isolated but it makes realise how lucky you are just to be working."


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