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Paul Costelloe explained how his stuttering affected his confidence.

But he says that’s why he’s still one of the world’s most famous fashion designers.

He made his comments in an episode of BBC Radio 4 Disks of the desert island, which is due to air today.

Host Lauren Laverne asked her, “You now have evidence of a stuttering. Was this a problem when you were a kid and if so what impact has it had on you? “

Costelloe said: “This has been to my advantage in a lot of cases.”

At school, the teachers “would just say ‘Costelloe sit down’ and give me a ‘five’ instead of a ‘four’ but I probably didn’t have the answer anyway,” he said. he laughed.

“I’m embarrassed and I’m not just embarrassed, but probably not confident enough.”

Laverne replied, “Of course. I can imagine it affecting your self-confidence ”, before saying,“ It also seemed like something that made you push yourself even harder ”.

Costelloe said, “Yeah that’s because you’re not fulfilled. You have your weakness and you don’t have that 100% self-esteem and in a way that’s why I always do. parades.

To prove yourself? she asked. “Yes, absolutely,” Costelloe replied.

Elsewhere, the designer – who also admitted he still couldn’t sew a button – explained that he was once “hungry” before mastering the art of tailoring.

Describing how he was just one of the many designer apprentices who worked “on a big table” in a big French fashion house, he said: “We were given projects every week to design costumes for clients and he there would be a stack of everyone’s sketches. .

“And then a client would come in and go to the head office downstairs and make their selection and those that had been chosen. “

Those creators would be paid that week, he said, “and the creators who weren’t chosen would not be paid and I’m afraid for a long time to be a skeleton until my work. starts to sell ”.

For the radio show Costelloe (76) chose Don’t be cruel by Elvis Presley and On the Raglan path by Luke Kelly among his best songs and he described himself as the Clint Eastwood of fashion.

“I’m still here and I’m sorry to some people who think, why hasn’t he retired?” I am ready to face anyone at any stage and say that I am always worthy and that I should always make nice clothes.

He also said he did not regret the comments he made in a newspaper several years ago in which he described the Irish as “only a few generations from the bog”.

“I still believe that we are a few generations from the bog and this is where the best things come from. our writers, our musicians… We are much better off with the floor on our hands than cleaned, ”he said.

He went on to say that he had apologized for these comments in the past: “I think I have apologized 100 times and I will continue to apologize to anyone I have ever upset, but this is only Costelloe who is Costelloe. “

Elsewhere in the interview, he recalls designing clothes for his most famous client, Diana, Princess of Wales, describing her as “kind, feminine, warm and humorous”.

He designed the tuxedo suit she wore to the Pavarotti in the Park concert in Hyde Park, London, in 1991, where the Italian tenor serenaded her in front of 125,000 people in a torrential downpour.

Admitting that he was on the verge of tears, Costelloe remembered her appearance as she stood soaked but with a huge beam on her face and said she looked “so happy … and I’m so grateful to have this picture of ‘it”.

The full interview airs today at 11am and can also be streamed online on BBC Sounds.


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