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Irish designer Paul Costelloe designs first outfit for Ryder Cup WAGS

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Wives wore a linen and silk-mix dress and a scarf pickingup all the team colours.

Wives wore a linen and silk-mix dress and a scarf pickingup all the team colours.

Wives wore a linen and silk-mix dress and a scarf pickingup all the team colours.

European women wore a fitted coat with gold lining and scarf that picked up team colours

The wives and partners of the European team in the Ryder Cup stepped out in Chicago yesterday in the first look of a five day wardrobe created by Irish designer Paul Costelloe.

An ink coloured fitted coat with inset cummerbund and eye catching gold buttons and lining was worn over a short, above the knee dress in a linen/silk mix. The outfit was topped off with a scarf picking up all the colours of the European team.

This is the fourth time that the Dubliner was invited to dress the partners of the European players. Over the next few days, the 16 'WAGS' can mix and match from a selection of Costelloe pieces to wear around the course where temperatures were tipping 70 degrees at one stage yessterday.



However Paul described it as " a fresh day" so the European ladies sported their coats for the opening ceremony.



In their wardrobes, they can chose a variety of navy and white trousers, jean-style skirts to the knee, shirts, three pieces of knitwear including a cable –knit cashmere and a more casual zipped hoody.

“Laurae Westwood, wife of Lee was very involved in the process and she wanted to keep it simple with not as many pieces as before,” explained Paul at the course.

“The coat is very couture and sophisticated, gathered at the waist. The dress is simple, pencil shaped and flattering. We call it a wardrobe and we did all the fittings, with one or two surprises.”



"I really enjoyed the experience of designing this wardrobe collection, " said Paul who first worked on the Ryder Cup Wags outfits back in 2006 when the event was held at the K Club in Ireland. It moved to Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky in September 2008 and two years ago, the Ryder Cup was held at Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales.

Irish Independent