How Coronation Street became fashion's most unlikely muse

From the cobbles to the catwalk: As fashion giant Dior reveals its Deirdre Barlow-style specs, how Coronation Street became fashion’s most unlikely muse

  • Coronation Street is known for shocking story lines rather than fashion sense
  • But high-end brands seem to be replicating some of the soap’s signature looks
  • These include Sarah Platt’s jumper for £1,340 and Roy Cropper’s coat for £1,000

It’s known for its shocking storylines and tendency to kill off its residents. 

But one thing Coronation Street is not known for is high fashion. 

Yet when Dior launched its latest advert for its glasses range, featuring a pair of oversized square frames, the look was all too familiar — the spectacles worn by Corrie’s Deirdre Barlow for 42 years.

A one-off? 

Don’t be so sure…


It’s Dior-dre Barlow: Deirdre’s spectacles inspired French fashion house Dior to create a £258 pair of glasses


Hilda Ogden would not want to get any muck on Gucci’s £2,050 version of her housecoat


Going for a song: In her glamorous nightclub singing days, Rita Fairclough would have loved this Tory Burch dress, a snip at £750


You must be jerkin: How many pints of Newton & Ridley could Stan buy with the £1,000 it would cost for this Raf Simons clobber


Hayley Cropper’s transgender storyline was ahead of its time, likewise her fashion sense, as this £591 John Elliott cardie shows


The future’s bright, the future’s orange: Well, it is if the striking £710 Ceren Ocak patent leather jacket like Alma’s catches on


Cold shoulder: Roy Cropper would never wear the latest £1,000 Edgii parka like this

Picture research: CLAIRE CISOTTI

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