Like it or not, we were – and still are – a nation under Fran Fine, fashionable and with miniskirts and big hair for everyone. It’s undeniable, the fearless Fran adapts The nanny style class after style class, influencing even the most recent fashion trends in huge ways. With a fervent commitment to style few other people have, the Emmy Award-winning stylist Brenda Cooper, the brain behind the most iconic looks, single-handedly turned the fashion world upside down and allowed people to tailor their own version of The nannythe style and flair. And it’s largely Cooper’s approach to fashion and style that has allowed the show’s wardrobe to be loved forever by fashion enthusiasts, even now, like The nanny landed on HBO Max in April and her costumes are given new life and new admiration on social media.
Style was instinctive for Cooper from a young age, although she may not have realized it at the time. Balancing precariously in her chair, Cooper shows me on FaceTime how she used to take something as understated as terrycloth towels and intuitively transform them into chic, halterneck swimsuits. Growing up, she became fascinated by the films of the 40s and, as is often done when it comes to love, she fell hard … The nannythe costumes of. Although, to be fair, they would make a hell of a good outfit today, in Cooper’s opinion.
Her unwavering love of fashion, she worked for a number of other designers in her early days, but she didn’t continue her costume business or her own fashion consulting business until she was 30. Even then, it was mainly “to pay the rent,” she told Elite Daily. Eventually, one of his first clients recognized his talent for style. “I didn’t even really know he was a talent. I loved fashion and I loved dressing people, ”says Cooper. Her client introduced her to a costume design agent, and a few days later Cooper “had a job.” “Three years later, I took the stage to get an Emmy for The nanny. “
Eventually, Cooper met Fran Drescher working on the short-lived show. Princesses, and the connection was instantaneous. Cooper recalls that Drescher was essentially manifesting his own future at the time. Drescher told her that if she ever had her own show, Cooper would be the one to dress her up to the end. She didn’t think about it until a year later, when she got the call: Drescher had just sold The nanny at CBS. The show was launched later in November 1993, with Cooper on board “I’m very confident in my ability and skill to make a woman look and feel fabulous,” Cooper says. “It is a talent given by God. Thank goodness Fran saw it. Otherwise, I might not be a stylist today.
At the height of the show, almost immediately, Cooper’s creations were revered by audiences and she was pushed past the hurry. The fashion of the show might as well have been featured as a main character – after all, it was The nannyIt’s only Emmy winning. Understandably, viewers came for Fran Fine’s eccentric personality and hilarious antics, but it was her daring, unapologetic outfits that really sold her character. “The character of Fran Fine … the way she dressed, which was self-expressed, and [how] she lived out loud, helped [women] in their lives, ”says Cooper. “It got them through some tough times when they didn’t know who they were. “
Although the heart of the series and the main character, the wardrobe of the series was often seen by the production team as an unnecessary expense initially. But Cooper knew better. Directing tells as much the themes of an episode through the seams of Fran’s neon Todd Oldham costumes as a well-placed joke about Andrew Lloyd Weber. Understandably, humor and fun were top priorities for Cooper whenever she stretched microscopic budgets and precisely prepped six outfits a week from her overflowing clothes racks. “Before the actor delivered his first line, I wanted the audience to smile,” Cooper said.
Much like Fran during a seizure, Cooper shopped until she fell for the perfect outfit. Sometimes it felt like walking through Beverly Hills to create a last minute outfit for legendary guest stars like Patti LaBelle. Others, it was fishing for one of Flushing’s Flashy Girl promotional outfits at a flea market. The extravagance was intentional – mediocrity be damned because, as Cooper says, nothing on the show was mediocre. His keen sartorial sense and commitment to that intention ensured two things. First, everyone’s outfits in the show never missed the mark. Second, viewers around the world have eaten it every time.
And they still do. Today, The nanny continues to sneak up on FYP and social feeds around the world, recently going viral for what Fran does best – sporting her deeply awkward laugh and associating it with her and the sensibility of Cooper’s Loehmann sales support . The hashtag “#TheNanny” has over 76.1 million views on TikTok and it continues. Scroll through the videos under this and the associated hashtags – TikTokers dressing up in their version of Fran’s maximalist looks, tributes to Hot girl Franand the video love letters to the Lady in Red – make it clear that we are living the rebirth of Fran Fine. June 8, Cooper styled Fran Drescher in an updated version of Fran’s rainbow-colored vest of The nanny first season, proving, in fact, that Fran will always stay well. Naturally, the outfit quickly exploded on the internet. “As it should be,” said Cooper.
It’s clear, by the way social mediathe continuous resurfacing of Fran’s outfits, which Cooper’s designs for the show have transcended over time. But Cooper is less concerned with influence or fame than with the intimate and personal transformations she offers to her clients. Take actor Lauren Lane, who played CC in The nanny and often credited Cooper’s work as something that made it possible she appreciate her body with confidenceespecially at a time when women were forcibly reduced to the waist. Such an impact doesn’t just affect Cooper; it makes her cry. To her, it is ridiculous that anyone ignorantly insists that there is a rigid standard, shape or size as a prerequisite for style. “No matter your height, your weight, your height, your ethnicity, every woman has the right to be beautiful. And my job is to help them find their beauty and bring it out, ”says Cooper. “It is my goal, my passion and my privilege to guide a woman to her magnificence through the way she presents herself to the world. “
With his next book The silhouette solution, released on December 7th, she takes her specialty for the general public. She patented a formula that refines, streamlines and gives readers the rules to revolutionize their wardrobes. The first step? Throw the fashion rulebook out the window. And while you’re at it, also let go of any rigid adherence to trends. Understanding your body and its characteristics you that you want to highlight will benefit you far more than any passing fad, according to Cooper. Above all, keep in mind that the priority How? ‘Or’ What an outfit that fits you is the key to feeling happy and confident about your appearance.
“Having worked with so many women, automatically when you put on the right clothes, there is a change. I see him; they change immediately and they feel more confident, ”says Cooper. “When you have more confidence in yourself, you take more risks. When you take more risks, you have more opportunities to make your dreams come true.
For Cooper, “dressing” can hardly be reduced to a simple, superficial act when it gives you the space to disguise your insecurities and to “accept, embrace and celebrate who you are, just as you are.” Create the perfect look especially for you and not caring about the rules is one of the purest forms of this celebration. What else could be more typically Fran Fine than that?