Fran Drescher had a lot of fun altering her costumes for ‘90s sitcom The Nanny.
The actress has taken a look back at 13 of her most iconic outfits as part of a video for U.S. Vogue’s Life in Looks series, and during the chat, named a simple black suit with faux leopard print trim on the lapels and cuffs, which she wore during the first season back in 1993, as one of her favourites.
“This, I think, is the definitive nanny-looking costume. This is what created the style of the flashy girl from Flushing (in New York). Definitely sexy, but not trashy,” she said. “It had to have a sweetness to it because she was a nanny – always with a little zjoosh. We would change buttons, we would put on different trims sometimes, we would definitely shorten the skirts. Just like a 1990s version of Mary Poppins à la Fran Drescher.”
Fran went on to share that she and costume designer Brenda Cooper looked to the likes of Audrey Hepburn, Catherine Deneuve, and Lucille Ball for style inspiration.
But one of her top outfits was when she sported a white beaded Bob Mackie strapless number that had originally been worn by Madonna to the 1991 Academy Awards.
“I remember I came down the stairs wearing a white beaded Bob Mackie gown, with my hair up looking and feeling like a Jewish Audrey Hepburn,” the 62-year-old smiled.
Elsewhere in the chat, Fran discussed some of her red carpet ensembles and named the white Herve Leger dress that she accessorised with a giant headpiece made of fresh flowers to the 1996 Golden Globes as one of her bolder choices.
“(My hairstylists) built a cage on my head that was made out of chicken wire. And then they planted in all the flowers to make this huge thing. We were worried that the flowers were going to wilt, but by divine intervention, it was drizzling all night, so the flowers kept getting watered on my head,” she laughed.