“She’s Tiny!” Designer Michael Costello Talks Dressing Beyoncé, Now A Size 2/4, For The Grammys

January 28, 2014  |  

Talk about a come up!

Many people know designer Michael Costello’s name and face from his time on Project Runway season eight, where he finished in fourth place, and from his time on Project Runway All-Stars season one. But now, he’s getting his name out there for the revealing gown he designed for Beyoncé for the Grammys (he also dressed Tamar for the Grammys, and her sister Toni is known for wearing his looks on the regular). He spoke with E! News about the look and dressing the singer, who according to him is between a teeny weeny size 2 and 4 these days.

It was incredible! We didn’t have any of her sizes or measurements. The dress was just made to fit a sample mannequin. It’s smaller than a size 4. She is tiny! That dress is at least a 2/4. She looks amazing. I just love the way it all came together. Ty[Bey’s stylist] knew it was going to fit.

At first I was a little concerned with the pieces I gave. Maybe it needs to be smaller or bigger? When you send something to Beyoncé, you’re just a little concerned, but Ty knew. Ty knew the fit.

Costello also says that he was short on time, just completing the dress the day of the awards (so if it didn’t fit, that would have been a disaster). He talked about the pressure he felt to finish everything and working with Ty Ty, Bey’s stylist.

The neckline, the back, the hemline was not complete, and we still had to do some of the hand sewing on it. We put in a good extra day’s work. We had a great team. I made four other pieces that night for Beyoncé, so that Ty had good options.

He also discussed the inspiration for the gown, saying that despite the warm weather in Los Angeles, where the Grammys were held, the dress was inspired by winters in New York.

Well, the dress was inspired by New York. The Winter Wonderland in New York. I’ve been obsessed with New York, the culture, the lifestyle. I love visiting the city when it’s covered in snow. I imagined snow falling onto plants, and trees. It was as if snow was falling onto fabric.

When I found the fabric and cut out the leaves and flowers. It all came out together magically. I remember sketching out the dress, and I thought this is exactly how I wanted to do the dress.

And it definitely turned out great! Right? Let us know what you thought of the dress below!

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