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Grand designs Irish designer's cardigan hung in Carrie Bradshaw's TV closet in And Just Like That

It was some surprise for Gabrielle, who only learned the news two hours before the show aired on Thursday.

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Knitwear Designer Gabrielle Malone pictured at her home studio with her 'Wave Cardigan' which featured on Episode 8 of 'And Just Like That' with Sarah Jessica Parker. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Knitwear Designer Gabrielle Malone pictured at her home studio with her 'Wave Cardigan' which featured on Episode 8 of 'And Just Like That' with Sarah Jessica Parker. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Knitwear Designer Gabrielle Malone pictured at her home studio with her 'Wave Cardigan' which featured on Episode 8 of 'And Just Like That' with Sarah Jessica Parker. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Thousands of miles from Sex and the City character Carrie Bradshaw's New York stomping ground, designer Gabrielle Malone celebrated her 25th birthday in Clane, Co Kildare, yesterday with her "did just that happen?" feeling still fresh.

Her 'Wave' camel cardigan, hand-knit in Peruvian wool at her home studio, was added to Carrie's closet for the eighth episode of And Just Like That, the Sex and the City revival from HBO Max.

How the €450 cropped cardigan with the balloon sleeves and dropped shoulder ended up in the most famous wardrobe in Manhattan is quite a tale.

It was some surprise for Gabrielle, who only learned the news two hours before the show aired on Thursday.

The Irish-made knit features near the beginning of the eighth episode as Carrie and her pal Seema Patel eat sushi in her apartment, surrounded by rails of clothes, and there - bang in the middle of the frame - is the cardi which Gabrielle crafted after returning home to Ireland from New York two years ago when the pandemic hit.

The designer threw the old bikes and lawnmower out of the garden shed and created a new studio for herself.

The Wave was the first piece in her autumn-winter 2021 collection.

She made up the stitch in the sleeve herself, and it was inspired by waves crashing on to Arranmore Island in Co Donegal, where her mother's family hails from.

"I used to work in TV and film in the States every summer," Gabrielle said.

"I had interned with Tess Casey from Cork, who owns Aisling Flowers. She bought the cardigan as a thank-you gift for Carol Silverman, set decorator on And Just Like That, and that's how Carol found me and followed me on Instagram.

"She wore the cardigan on the set. The director Michael Patrick King and Sarah Jessica Parker saw it and loved it, and they added it last-minute. It's amazing.

"Even if it was just in the background for a few moments in two scenes, just the fact that it was beside such an iconic character meant so much to me.

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"There was so many messages afterwards, it's nice to see that people were as excited as I was."

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