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Dress to thrill: Why fashion was the biggest star on TV this year

From street-savvy I May Destroy You to the polyester power of the Small Axe films, the costumes brought shows to life in 2020

On its hanger, the shearling coat wasn’t much to look at. It was made of “horrible, cheap offcuts”, and costume designer Phoebe de Gaye remembers buying it on sale at the “scuzzy end” of Oxford Street in 1980.

Worn by Del Boy in Only Fools and Horses, it was reminiscent of the coats worn by the used car salesmen she’d observed. This, she says, lent verisimilitude to the character. “When he put it on over a Gabicci shirt – a red one with black suede pockets – it worked, but we really didn’t think more on it.”

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