Michael Costello’s Boutique Takes A Bow

Michael Costello, center, with models wearing Michael Costello dresses, at debut party for his store. Picture by Michael Julius @michaeljulius.

Michael Costello, center, with models wearing Michael Costello dresses, at debut party for his store. Picture by Michael Julius @michaeljulius.

As of Monday, August 21, 2017

After a career of dressing the likes of Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, and starring on Project Runway in 2010, Michael Costello put his name in concrete. He opened a permanent store at the LA Apparel Mart building, 112 W. 9th St.,on the main drag of downtown Los Angeles’ Fashion District. A soiree was held for the self-named Michael Costello store on Aug. 19.

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Guests at debut party for Michael Costello. Photo by Orletha A @OrlethaA.

Costello, wearing one of his atelier’s tuxedo jackets, said that it was important to open a physical store. “People forget about a one-on-one experience with designers. They forget about getting something custom-fitted,” he said.

The store is just one part of Costello’s operation. On the second floor of LA Apparel Mart, there is a 2,100-square-foot Costello atelier, a 2,000-square-foot stylist lounge called the Style Haus, and an 1,800-square-foot production space on the mart's fourth floor. The store will focus on evening wear, ready-to-wear and bridal.

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Model Shaun Ross at Michael Costello party. Photo by Orletha A.

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The view from Michael Costello's rack. Photo by Andrew Asch

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More Michael Costello styles. Photo by Andrew Asch

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Guests at left of picture, Kosta Panov and Desi Belizarova. Photo by Orletha A.