'Dolce and Gabbana's views must be respected', says Irish designer Paul Costelloe
Fashion designer Paul Costelloe has said that Dolce & Gabbana’s controversial views on same-sex adoption “must be respected”.
However, the Limerick-born designer insisted that he is in support of both gay marriage and adoption.
Creators of the world-famous fashion label, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, sparked calls for a boycott by Elton John after they claimed children born by IVF are “synthetic”.
Father-of-seven Costelloe said: “I don’t support their view, but I support that they have a right to comment.
“We must understand their culture and appreciate their views. Particularly for Dolce and Gabbana, they were baptised, they would have had Holy Communion; they would have had Confirmation. They have been brought up in very much a family environment, (with) family values and traditions.
“And those must be respected, and Elton must look at that as well. It’s another view. Both correct, but both very different,” Costelloe told BBC2’s Newsnight on Monday.
He added: “They are four prima donnas, David (Furnish), Elton, Stefano and Domenico, and they are just throwing snowballs at each other. They’re just having fun. Quite honestly, it’s got totally out of order.”
After the interview with D&G in Italian magazine Panorama, John posted on Instagram: “How dare you refer to my beautiful children as ‘synthetic’. And shame on you for wagging your judgemental little fingers at IVF. #BoycottDolceGabbana”
Gabbana later responded that "it was never our intention to judge other people's choices”.