Paul Costelloe is a fashion designer who recently celebrated his 36th year showing at London Fashion Week, making him the event’s longest-standing designer.
Paul was born in Dublin where his father ran a successful company making raincoats. He studied at the Grafton Academy of Fashion Design and then moved to Paris where he started a fashion course at the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture but felt out of his depth and soon dropped out.
He talked his way into a job with the eccentric French designer and performer Jacques Esterel, who designed Brigitte Bardot’s wedding dress, and then spent time in Milan and New York before returning to Ireland where he set up his own label.
In 1983 Paul started designing clothes for Diana, Princess of Wales – a collaboration that lasted until her death in 1997. He created a range of memorable outfits for the Princess of Wales including the tuxedo suit she wore to the Pavarotti in the Park concert at Hyde Park in 1991 where the Italian tenor serenaded her in front of 125,000 people during a torrential downpour.
DISC ONE: Don't Be Cruel by Elvis Presley
DISC TWO: Raglan Road by Luke Kelly And The Dubliners
DISC THREE: Save the Last Dance For Me by The Drifters
DISC FOUR: Les Champs-Elysees by Joe Dassin
DISC FIVE: Ol Man River by Paul Robeson
DISC SIX: Did You Not Hear My Lady by Aled Jones
DISC SEVEN: Di Capua, Capurro: O Sole Mio! performed by Luciano Pavarotti (tenor) and National Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Giancarlo Chiaramello
DISC EIGHT: Grace by Rod Stewart
BOOK CHOICE: Reynard the Fox by Anne Louise Avery
LUXURY ITEM: A painting kit
CASTAWAY'S FAVOURITE: Grace by Rod Stewart
Presenter: Lauren Laverne
Producer: Paula McGinley