Matt Costello
26, Nelson
Nursery Worker

Matt is an everyday Kiwi bloke, but with a difference: he loves a “gun” on a sewing machine.

Considering himself the underdog in the competition, Matt is hoping his confidence and positive attitude will hide his lack of practical study and knowledge that others may have. With a background in streetwear for men, creating womenswear is something he’s had to learn quickly before heading into the competition.

Why did you apply for Project Runway?

My girlfriend applied for me because she thought it would be a good challenge for me with my fashion interest. It was never about getting on the show, it was about shifting my mindset into a creative space. I thought there would be no way I would get in!

What did you do to prepare for Project Runway?

I got some extra training from a local designer in Nelson. I also learnt basic designing for womenswear as I had never done womenswear before.

How would you describe your personal style and your design aesthetic?

I really don’t care much about trying to look a certain way or fit a certain trend. I just go with feeling at the time. I tend to make art and fashion, but I don’t try to dress like a stereotypical designer. I used to do photoshoots with my collections in stubbies and gumboots to be honest and let’s not forget the crocs…

Who are your fashion icons?

Lela Jacobs, A Coldwall, Jimmy D, Deadstudios and Yeazy.

What is your point of difference as a designer?

I don’t stick to the textbook way of designing. I love to break rules and follow my own intuition with my garments and designs.

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