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Three fashion secrets from Friends we never knew about

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From denim dungarees to slogan sweats and slip dresses, the 10 seasons of Friends plays like a homage to all of our favourite nineties trends.

A TV show that came to define the threads of an era, women worldwide looked to Rachel Green, Monica Geller and Phoebe Buffay for fashion inspiration - and found it in spades.

Whether you copied Rachel's preppy short skirts, Monica's crop tops or Phoebe's penchant for a zany statement necklace, the trio were the epitome of nineties cool (with great hairstyles to boot).

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Now the mastermind behind their looks, aka the series costume designer, Debra McGuire, has revealed some on-set secrets from behind the scenes of our much-loved show to The Daily Telegraph.

In the ever-wise words of Phoebe: "THIS IS BRAND NEW INFORMATION!"

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Some of the best pieces came from England

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McGuire says, "When I was in London doing Friends, for the episode when Ross gets married, I went to this boutique called Idol (now sadly not there anymore) and bought so much stuff for Phoebe and for Rachel.

And some of those pieces are the most loved pieces by the fans. There was a strapless yellow dress that Rachel wore that I think I got thousands of emails over the years just about that dress."


There were a LOT of outfit changes per episode

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McGuire says, "For a 30 minute episode, the scripts sometimes spanned six to ten days, which means at least six outfit changes for the six stars, then three guest stars with three changes, so we had between 50 and 75 changes per episode."


The clothes were often out of the characters' budgets

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McGuire says, "So I wanted to find a great leather jacket for Joey, something that could be his best friend, and the one I found was Armani, which was a riot because he never could have afforded Armani.

We made it look like a poor man’s choice, but really it wasn’t. And that was the case for a lot of things actually, which is very funny."


Here's hoping for more brilliant fashion moments when (most of) the cast reunite next month... 

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