Michael Costello

Michael Costello has hit headlines this week after accusing Chrissy Teigen of bullying. 

Teigen, 35, has been at the centre of a trolling scandal after it emerged she had sent horrible messages to socialite Courtney Stodden, who was just 16 at the time. 

Costello then came forward with his own allegations against Teigen, who he met years ago, and claimed she tried to sabotage his career believing he’d made a racist slur. 

It has cast Costello back into the spotlight and while not everyone will be familiar, his work has been a part of some major pop culture moments. 

Who is Michael Costello? 

Michael Costello was born on January 20, 1983 in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles and is 38 years old. His father is Italian-Hungarian and his mother is Greek Romani and Russian. 

Costello launched his fashion career at the age of 15 when he opened his first store in Palm Springs. It was here where he began making custom outfits for A-List celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, Faye Dunaway, Toni Braxton and Barry Manilow. 

In 2010, Costello rose to prominence when he appeared on the 8th season of Project Runway, finishing in fourth place. He later joined Project Runway All Stars and emerged runner-up. 

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Costello rose to fame on Project Runway (Picture: WireImage)

His creations have been worn by Cardi B at Paris Fashion Week and Kylie Jenner on a several occasions.

Notably, he dressed Beyonce at the 2014 Grammy Awards and went on to design stage outfits for her On The Run and The Mrs Carter Show tours. 

In 2016, he worked with Kim Kardashian in designing her red carpet dress for the Espy Awards and the session was featured in an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians. 

Costello is good friends with Lady Gaga and collaborated with costume designer Lou Eyrich to design gowns for her character in TV series American Horror Story. The team ended up winning the Primetime Emmy Award for outstanding costumes for a contemporary series, limited series or movie. 

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The designer is a father to two children; Giovanni and Coco, who he shares with his ex-wife. It was an arranged marriage and came to an end in February 2006. 

Costello is openly gay. 

What did Michael Costello say about Chrissy Teigen?

Costello released a statement on Instagram accusing Teigen ‘shut doors’ in his career after believing he had used a racist slur.

According to the designer, he ‘received a public comment from Chrissy Teigen on [his] Instagram page, accusing [him] of being a racist’.

At the time, a screenshot had been circulated, attributing a comment including the N-word to Costello.

He wrote: ‘She apparently formed her own opinion of me based on a Photoshopped comment floating around the internet which has now been proven to be false by Instagram and since taken down.

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‘When I reached out to Chrissy Teigen to communicate that I was a victim of a vindictive cyber slander, and that everything she thought I was is not who I am, she told be that my career was over and that all my doors would be shut from there on.

‘And wow, did she live up to her words. Throughout the next few years, I would book jobs only to be pulled off last minute with no explanation.’

He claimed he would ‘regularly get texts and calls from our mutual friends and colleagues’ that Teigen and a stylist friend had ‘gone out of their way to threaten people and brands that if they were in any shape or form associated with me, they would not work with any of them.’

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Teigen has not responded to Costello’s allegations (Picture: Getty Images)

Costello said he spent many nights wanting to kill himself, and last week, ‘wrote personal letters to my family and closest friends because I thought that taking my own life would be the best way out’.

Teigen has not specifically addressed Costello’s claims, but in an apology shared hours earlier on Medium, the former model said she was ‘sitting in a hole of deserved global punishment, the ultimate “sit here and think about what you’ve done”’.

Shortly after Costello posted his statement, singer Leona Lewis accused him of humiliating her. The Bleeding Love hitmaker said she was left with ‘years of insecurity’ after Costello allegedly refused to alter a dress from its sample size to fit her.

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He has since responded via TMZ, telling the site that he was confused because he’s a huge fan of Lewis’ and her team has continuously reached out for him to dress her, even as recently as May 17, 2021.

He also said if she felt this way, he wished she had spoken to him in the handful of times their teams have talked.

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