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photo by Robert Bomgardner

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 together in 2004, they created Costello Tagliapietra. Spring 2005 marked the premier of the Costello Tagliapietra collection on the New York runways. The designers went on to win the 2005 Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Award and presented their second well-received collection, of twenty-four looks, in which Style.com called “expertly executed”. Costello Tagliapietra were 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, the designers were also awarded the 2010 CFDA/Lexus Hybrid Living Award. In 2010, Costello Tagliapietra collaborated with UNIQLO on two consecutive highly successful collections.

Playing with the tension between fabric, drape and silhouette, the designers have created a unique vision that is both elegant and timeless and that borders on the couture in technique and process. 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 1960’s). The designer’s learned as children, couture techniques in patternmaking and construction and through their years of creating custom wardrobes for private clients, have honed their skills at designing the perfect fitting garment.

In 2012, Jeffrey and Robert introduced C&T Costello Tagliapietra. The designers describe their secondary collection as “a love letter to all the women that have craved greater accessibility to our brand”. The C&T collection can now be found at all Barneys CO-OP locations across the country and at The Bay in Canada.



2010 CFDA/Lexus Hybrid Living Award
2005 Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Award
2005 & 2006 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Finalists
CFDA Members since 2006


Selected Exhibitions:

Eco-Fashion: Going Green, The Museum at FIT, Summer 2010.

  • an exhibition exploring the evolution of the fashion industry’s multifaceted and complex relationship with the environment.

American Beauty: Aesthetics and Innovation in Fashion, The Museum at FIT, Fall 2009.

  • the first exhibition to explore how the ”philosophy of beauty” is allied to the craft of dressmaking.

New York Fashion Now, The Victoria and Albert Museum, Spring 2007.

  • an exhibition of twenty New York designers who launched their labels in the five years between 1999 and 2006.

Swords into Ploughshares, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Costume Institute, 1995.

  • an exhibition of major designers throughout history who have been influenced by military aesthetics.

Selected Books:

The ELLEments of Personal Style: 25 Modern Fashion Icons on How to Dress, Shop, and Live by Joe Zee and Maggie Bullock, 2010.

  • our work with Padma Lakshmi is discussed.

American Beauty by Patricia Mears,  The Museum at FIT, 2009.


Fashion Illustration by Fashion Designers by Laird Borrelli, Thames and Hudson, 2007.


New York Fashion Now by Sonnet Stanfill, The Victoria and Albert Museum, 2007.

Sample, Phaidon Press, June 2005.

  • Representing 100 influential designers who have emerged within the past ten years.