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Wednesday 19 June 2019

'Dolce and Gabbana's views must be respected', says Irish designer Paul Costelloe

Designer Paul Costelloe
Designer Paul Costelloe
Fashion designer Paul Costelloe after his presentation during London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015/16 at The Waldorf Hilton Hotel in London. Photo: Ian Gavan.
Zara Phillips flew the Irish flag at Cheltenham in this bright red military-style Paul Costelloe coat, fresh off his London Fashion Week runway, paired with a peacock feather trimmed pillbox hat by Galway milliner Philip Treacy. HIT
Paul Costelloe and models Abby Harris and Grace Connolly pictured at the launch of the Paul Costelloe Living Studio, an exclusive capsule womenswear collection for Dunnes Stores at The Dawson Brasserie, Dublin 2
Paul Costelloe with Miriam O'Callaghan and her daughter Alanna McGurk at the launch of Paul Costelloe Living Studio, an exclusive capsule womenswear collection for Dunnes Stores at The Dawson Brasserie. Photo: Kieran Harnett

Brian Byrne

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”.

Read more: Elton John hits back at Dolce & Gabbana's 'traditional views': 'How dare you call my children synthetic'

Paul Costelloe with Miriam O'Callaghan and her daughter Alanna McGurk at the launch of Paul Costelloe Living Studio, an exclusive capsule womenswear collection for Dunnes Stores at The Dawson Brasserie. Photo: Kieran Harnett
Paul Costelloe with Miriam O'Callaghan and her daughter Alanna McGurk at the launch of Paul Costelloe Living Studio, an exclusive capsule womenswear collection for Dunnes Stores at The Dawson Brasserie. Photo: Kieran Harnett

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.”

Paul Costelloe and models Abby Harris and Grace Connolly pictured at the launch of the Paul Costelloe Living Studio, an exclusive capsule womenswear collection for Dunnes Stores at The Dawson Brasserie, Dublin 2
Paul Costelloe and models Abby Harris and Grace Connolly pictured at the launch of the Paul Costelloe Living Studio, an exclusive capsule womenswear collection for Dunnes Stores at The Dawson Brasserie, Dublin 2

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”.

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