THE owner of a vintage store on Dublin’s Drury Street has revealed why she has an added reason for watching the TV hit Normal People.
Gail Kinsella of Jenny Vander’s Vintage is glued to the screen adaptation of Sally Rooney’s novel – to see Daisy Edgar-Jones model some of her dresses.
In the role of Marianne the actress casts off the teenage dungarees and, with the aid of costume designer Laura Mugan, transforms into a boho chic college student.
Gail told Dublin Gazette: “Laura is amazing and has a keen eye for true vintage and antique dresses – evening dresses to suit Marianne’s eclectic style; some fab velvet dresses.
“I’ve only seen four episodes to date but it was great, so exciting for me to be watching and spot a Jenny Vander dress.”
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Working with TV and film crews is nothing new to Gail and store manager, Marion.
She revealed: “We’ve worked with TV series from Glenroe up to Penny Dreadful. We provided costumes from Widow’s Peak and to Braveheart.”
Since the 1994 Mel Gibson blockbuster Jenny Vander is the regular choice for costume designers of TV and the big screen.
One of the most exciting wardrobe crises the shop addressed was that of Michael Jackson ahead of his sell-out 1992 gig at Landsdowne Road.
Gail said: “His costume designer had forgotten to pack his distinctive diamanté jacket. I was only a few months at the helm so it was great excitement.
“We provided loads of diamanté and paste; we were given free tickets to the show and what a night we had.”
She concluded: “In a world where fast fashion is just adding to landfill sustainable shops like mine are the only way to dress.
“You will never meet yourself at an occasion if you are wearing a gorgeous 50s number from Jenny Vander’s, if we ever get back to having ‘occasions’ again.”
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