Australian fashion legend Aurelio Costarella has been turning heads in the international fashion scene with his breathtaking designs since 1983, after he turned the tables on his architectural training. Now the Perth icon has taken his talent to the silver screen – exclusively designing Holly Valance\’s wardrobe for the new Franco Di Chiera romantic comedy Big Mamma\’s Boy: a tale about life, love, and lasagne.
We were lucky enough to talk to this formidable fashion guru about what it was like designing for Big Mamma\’s Boy, how he keeps his designs fresh, and all about his exciting new collection.
Paige: You designed the complete wardrobe for Holly Valance in the new Australian film Big Mamma\’s Boy. How did you get involved in the movie?
Aurelio: I was approached by Director Franco Di Chiera to become involved in the project, and then worked with head of wardrobe Gail Pether to work on pieces to fit the character.
Paige: When you were designing the wardrobe for Holly what about her character Katie did you want to reflect?
Aurelio: The character, although working in a corporate environment had to have a contemporary edge. We kept it demure with aÂ modern take on a classic work wardrobe.
Paige: Do you design clothing differently for the camera?
Aurelio: Not necessarily. The pieces needed to be â€˜real\’ and functional. Colour choice obviously plays an important part when working with film. We worked with a palette of grey and mulberry tones.
Â Paige: Did you meet with Holly when you were designing her costumes? Did anything about her inspire what you created?
Aurelio: I went on set to meet Holly during the making of the film. She\’s gorgeous and wore the pieces so well.
Paige: Will the outfits be available to purchase or they were just created specifically for Holly and the film?
Aurelio: The pieces were based around our Winter 10 collection then adapted to fit the character. Many of the pieces were available commercially.
Paige: You started designing buildings and now you\’re designing clothing. What inspired the change? Does your background in architecture influence the way you conceive and construct your designs?
Aurelio: Â I have always loved and am still inspired greatly by architecture. I knew very early on during my architectural studies that I wouldn\’t end up working as an Architect. I found the architectural design process too long and frustrating. Fashion was something that I was interested in from a very early age. What I love about fashion is its immediacy. I like to immerse myself in a collection; a creative process that will last months and then move on to the next.
Paige: You\’ve been creating fashion for close to thirty years now. How do you keep your work fresh?
Aurelio:It\’s really is about being one step ahead: looking for constant sources of inspiration, no matter how obscure. My inspiration comes form art, architecture, colour, music, film, nature and the quality of light around us. Spirituality plays an important part in my design process. I\’m very intuitive in the way that I work. If it feels right, it is inevitably right.
Paige: Your Winter 2011 line blew us away. Can you tell us anything about what your next collection will look like?
Aurelio: Spring Summer 11/12 is entitled LUMINA . The collection is about radiance and light. [It\’s] taking on a very feminine feel, Diaphanous silk chiffon layers combined with textural elements. Feathers, leather, print, wooden beadwork and hand painted paillettes give the collection a textural quality. Strong structural shapes worked back with soft ruffles and delicate detailing.
So there you have it, a radiant collection from Aurelio to look forward to this Spring/Summer!