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

The clothes, the hairstyles and even a cheap neck chain have won the hit series a legion of fans, its costume designer Enniskillen-born Lorna Mugan tells Meadhbh McGrath

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Normal People

Marianne's statement earrings

Marianne's statement earrings

Marianne

Marianne

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Daisy Edgar-Jones as Marianne

Daisy Edgar-Jones as Marianne

Marianne in Italy

Marianne in Italy

Normal People

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 is originally from Co Fermanagh and 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."