'I'm bringing linen back,' says designer Costelloe
"It's the time to bring linen back and I think I'm probably the appropriate person to bring it back."
Fighting words from Irish designer Paul Costelloe, who is poised to wow the opening day of London Fashion Week tomorrow with new linens developed in Belfast and in Wexford.
"My collection for SS17 is predominately linen and I'm using special linens that have been developed by John England in Belfast and by Stephen Conway of Emblem Weavers in Wexford," he said.
Costelloe describes this development as "a very exciting cross-border story".
"The linen has a beautiful handle and the finish is so unbelievable. It's like cashmere, soft and willowy and it's like nothing one would expect from a normal linen fabric."
Linen often gets a bad press because of how easily it creases. However, Paul says, "the linen I'm showing in London, the wrinkling factor is not relevant because of the way it's been finished. It's like silk... because of the weave it's not rigid and tight like traditional linen."
Linen has played a major part in Paul Costelloe collections over the past 40 years. One of his most high profile pieces was a yellow linen dress which Princess Diana wore on Sydney's Bondi beach in 1988.