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From Marianne's black dress to Connell's chain - 'Normal People' costume designer Lorna Mugan reveals the show's style secrets

From Marianne's black dress to that chain, is 'Normal People' the most stylish show in lockdown? Its costume designer Lorna Mugan tells Meadhbh McGrath about creating the characters' famous looks

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Marianne’s sought-after LBD; picture by Enda Bowe © ELEMENT PICTURES

Marianne’s sought-after LBD; picture by Enda Bowe © ELEMENT PICTURES

The soft gingham dress Marianne  wore in Italy; Picture by Enda Bowe © ELEMENT PICTURES

The soft gingham dress Marianne wore in Italy; Picture by Enda Bowe © ELEMENT PICTURES

Daisy Edgar Jones and Paul Mescal in their school uniforms; picture by Enda Bowe

Daisy Edgar Jones and Paul Mescal in their school uniforms; picture by Enda Bowe

Marianne’s statement earring; picture by Enda Bowe © ELEMENT PICTURES

Marianne’s statement earring; picture by Enda Bowe © ELEMENT PICTURES

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Marianne’s sought-after LBD; picture by Enda Bowe © ELEMENT PICTURES

Normal People is not a show about clothes. And yet, in spite of a string of period dramas and a new season of Killing Eve released at the same time, the adaptation of Sally Rooney's bestseller has become the most stylish series of lockdown.

Connell's chain has won a legion of fans, along with a dedicated Instagram account (@connellschain) boasting 132,000 followers. Marianne's fringe is the scene-stealing hairstyle stir-crazy quarantiners have sought to recreate with kitchen scissors, and searches for "marianne black dress" surged, according to Google Trends, after she wore a gorgeous spaghetti-strap number in episode eight.

"It's quite overwhelming. We're all blown away by it," says costume designer Lorna Mugan, who also worked on Peaky Blinders and Ripper Street. "You don't really expect that with contemporary [costume design], but I believe that is all tied up with people's love for the drama. The more people can connect with something, the more they'll fall in love with every aspect of it."