In Episode 4 of Fashion Designed, celebrity fashion designer Michael Costello works with the models at a photo shoot making sure the makeup, lighting, and looks are flawless.
Michael Costello has been pretty much all business so far as he preps for El Paseo Fashion Week in his reality series, Fashion Designed. But in the latest episode, he gets personal.
Michael was married to a woman at 18 years old and had two children. He and his wife split, and he came out as gay years ago. That revelation turned his family upside down.
"I used to get along with my mom really well before she found out I was gay — like, we were really close, extremely close. Then, when she found out, she turned into a different person," he says. "But it was the complete opposite with me and my dad. I was so afraid of my dad. He scared the shit out of me when I was little. All the way up until I was 25, I was afraid of him. But then when he found out, me and him got really close."
As the years have gone by, his mom and dad have become much more accepting of his lifestyle.
"They're both very supportive now because they both had this huge misconception about me wanting to be a designer and dating guys," he explains. "They thought all gay people want to make the dresses and wear them, and put makeup on and hair and all of that. They thought gay people just have sex everywhere."
His parents' change in attitude did not come overnight, though. Even after they came to terms with Michael's announcement, it took them years to accept his partner. Now they're one big, happy family.
"When they met me and the guy I was with at the time, they hated him for seven years," he says. "It took them a while to warm up to him, but then, when we'd go to their house, we'd barbecue, we'd grill, my dad and him would make tacos. They were like, ‘Oh, he's like a normal person!'"
Everyone seems to be at peace with each other now, though. Michael even dedicated his star in the Palm Springs Hall of Fame to his parents.
"They're nice parents. I like them. I'm gonna keep them," he says.
In the rest of this episode, we get to stare at beautiful women wearing astonishingly ethereal gowns so sheer and cut so high that they're more like super-fancy, outrageously expensive swimsuit coverups you might wear at a rich person's pool party. But these — which he plans to present at El Paseo — are drop-dead gorgeous nonetheless.
It's surprising to see Michael and his assistant shooting photos with their iPhones at what otherwise looks like a fully loaded, professional photo shoot, but it's so much easier to Instagram that way. And if there's anything Michael loves to do other than designing beautiful clothes, it's updating his Instagram.
You'll see more of Michael's El Paseo creations taking shape — and a peek at the development of his collection for Revolve — on upcoming episodes of "Fashion Designed."
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