She’s the lady in red when everybody else is wearing taaaan.
One thing that probably comes to mind when you think of The Nanny is its unparalleled fashion game. The show’s theme song dubs Fran the flashy girl from Flushing, and it never lets you forget that.
To call the show’s costume design iconic is an understatement — a staggering amount of work went into the fashion on The Nanny. Here are some facts you might not know about the wildly creative styles on the series!
Stylist Brenda Cooper, who had formerly had an acting career, worked on costumes with Drescher on a show called Princesses. Drescher loved her style so much that she invited her to work on The Nanny, where Cooper had a lot of leeway to shop all the colors and styles.
Fran’s iconic Moschino striped vest was actually first worn by Twiggy in Princesses, which also starred Drescher.
Cooper would actually shop for eight to 10 hours a day looking for pieces that would only be on the show once.
That said, the outfits on the show were never just off the rack — they were often customized for the actors themselves.
Cooper even styled C.C. with a jacket from a trash can.
The production team very much treated Fran’s wedding to Mr. Sheffield like planning an actual wedding.
You probably already guessed, but Fran’s luxe bathrobe collection was carefully tailored and styled as well.
According to Drescher, leopard print is Fran Fine’s M.O.
There was a Fran Fine Formula for Drescher’s outfits on the show.
Fran’s signature heel is a 4 1/2-inch pump by Charles Jourdan. Cooper bought all the shoes that J.C. Penney had in Drescher’s size and dyed them to match her outfits on the show.
Drescher can’t pick a favorite outfit, but she did love the black turtleneck with the hot pants ensemble as well as whenever Fran went down the stairs in a gown.
The series put Fran in a lot of designer clothes, and designer Todd Oldham actually worked with the show and lent it pieces.
According to Cooper, the show used a lot of Moschino and Todd Oldham because pieces from these designers had “a sense of humor.”
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