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It' a big year for LA designer Michael Costello. In addition to prepping for his brick-and-mortar debut, the Bey-faved talent dressed not one, but nine stars (we're counting each of Fifth Harmony's members) at last night's Billboard Music Awards.
Costello designed a range of styles for a handful of show presenters and performers, from Ciara's leg-baring caped jumpsuit to Fifth Harmony's anti-pants ensembles to Meghan Trainor's shin-skimming sequined dress and more. But there's a twist: The Project Runway alumn reveals that all of the looks are "entirely machine and hand washable," which he created with the help of his favorite laundry detergent brand.
"On the red carpet there are always sparkly beaded gowns that are over the top," he tells us. "I wanted to create looks that can be worn by everyone, not just celebs. That's why I am so proud to announce my partnership and collaboration with Tide."
He adds that "as a designer, I am always looking to showcase my designs for a wider audience. Garments like the ones worn last night are so easy to wear, easy to care for and easy to be worn again." So Laverne Cox's stunning jersey and lace number? Yep, she can thrown that in the dryer and bust it out — sans shrinkage — for the next show.
Here, the designer shares more insight on four of his BBMA looks; scroll through the gallery above for more.