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Exclusive: 'I was very disappointed with Kate Middleton's Vogue cover' - Irish designer Paul Costelloe

Published 25/10/2016 | 13:16

Irish designer Paul Costelloe was less than impressed with Kate Middleton's Vogue cover.
Irish designer Paul Costelloe was less than impressed with Kate Middleton's Vogue cover.
The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at County Hall on the Southbank in London, as they mark World Mental Health Day.
Diana, Princess of Wales.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte attend a ceremony to mark their departure at Victoria Harbour seaplane terminal in Victoria during the Royal Tour of Canada.
Rosanna Davison and Irish designer Paul Costelloe walk down the runway at the Paul Costelloe fashion show as part of London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2005 at the BFC Tent, Duke of York's HQ, Kings Road on September 23, 2004 in London. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

Irish designer Paul Costelloe has said that he was less than impressed with Kate Middleton's Vogue cover.

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The Duchess of Cambridge appeared on the June cover of the fashion bible in casual, country-style attire that had mixed reactions around the world, with some saying it was underwhelming.

Irish designer Paul Costelloe, who was personal designer to Princess Diana from 1982 to 1997, agrees with this statement.

"I was very disappointed with Kate's Vogue cover," said the famously outspoken designer to Independent.ie.

The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at County Hall on the Southbank in London, as they mark World Mental Health Day.
The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at County Hall on the Southbank in London, as they mark World Mental Health Day.

"It wasn't like Princess Diana at all."

Costelloe, whose work has been shown at London Fashion Week since 1991, feels that the cover didn't do the mother-of-two justice.

"She's still stunning, but they could have done a lot more for the cover," he said,

"Kate's not as individual as Princess Diana. She's not offering the excitement, unexpectedness and vulnerability that Princess Diana did."

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte attend a ceremony to mark their departure at Victoria Harbour seaplane terminal in Victoria during the Royal Tour of Canada.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte attend a ceremony to mark their departure at Victoria Harbour seaplane terminal in Victoria during the Royal Tour of Canada.

"She's filling the perfect daughter-in-law role," he added.

Costelloe (71) believes that Kate's mother, Carole Middleton, is a huge influence in her daughter's life.

"She's her mother's daughter, and it's clear her mother plays a very important role in her life, which is good."

"Kate has a very different background to Princess Diana. Diana's mother was an aristocrat while Kate's was an air hostess."

Diana, Princess of Wales.
Diana, Princess of Wales.

"She's very obedient."

While Costelloe worked closely with Princess Diana, he hasn't yet worked with the Duchess, although it is something he would like to do.

"It would be amazing if she could wear my collection, although she has worn Orla Kiely and we should be very proud of her," he said, speaking of the Irish designer fondly.

As for Princess Charlotte and Prince George, Costelloe agrees that the children are "absolutely gorgeous."

Rosanna Davison and Irish designer Paul Costelloe walk down the runway at the Paul Costelloe fashion show as part of London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2005 at the BFC Tent, Duke of York's HQ, Kings Road on September 23, 2004 in London. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Rosanna Davison and Irish designer Paul Costelloe walk down the runway at the Paul Costelloe fashion show as part of London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2005 at the BFC Tent, Duke of York's HQ, Kings Road on September 23, 2004 in London. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

"It's almost as if they're too perfect."

Paul Costelloe is celebrating the launch of his eighth jewellery range, The Phoenix Collection. The Phoenix Collection is made up of over 50 feminine pieces and features rose gold and yellow toning.

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