Brenda Cooper (costume designer)

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Brenda Cooper is an Fashion Stylist and Costume Designer. Cooper has been nominated three times for the Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Costumes for a Series, winning in 1995 for her work on the TV Show The Nanny.[1]


Brenda Cooper began her carrier as a model. She appeared in the American television Star Search in 1984 where she became the show spokesmodel Champion during three consecutive episodes.During the 1980s she was featured in a wide range of fashion magazines and could be spotted on a time square billboard[2]. Her modeling work rapidly opened doors to acting roles and Cooper appeared in the TV Series Freddy's Nightmares in 1989 and Hunter in 1990. Her passion and talent for style and fashion led her to curve her young acting carrier toward the industry’s costume design branch. In 1991, she meets actress Fran Drescher while working as the costume supervisor for the show Princesses. Drescher and Cooper became fast friends, and even though the show never took off, Fran Drescher being so very impressed with Cooper’s natural talent in costume design and styling, decided to have her as a stylist on any show she would work on in the future. Three years later, this would turn out to be the association that would create one of the biggest TV hits of the 1990s: The Nanny sitcom. Brenda Cooper's work on The Nanny having a significant impact on the show’s success, Cooper rapidly gained recognition in the industry and in the public eye. Having already set a clear path for the show’s costume design, she decided to pass the torch along to assistants Shawn Holly Cookson and Terry Ann Gordon during the first 6 episodes of the 4th season, in order to follow the unprecedented opportunities offered to a TV costume designer. She became the host of her own TV Fashion Makeover Show, Fashion Emergency, onE! Entertainment television. She hosted the hit series for 7 years, between 1997 and 2004[3] Between 1998 and 2004 she also became a spokesperson for the clothing brands Dupont Lycra and Barley there. By 2005, Brenda Cooper had found tremendous success in every branch of fashion she touched in her 20 years in the business. She started her own company, Brenda Cooper Style, still operating today as a personal style consultant, specialized in transformational Coaching and personalized color Expert.[4] Cooper’s stayed true to her friendship and association with Fran Drescher and wore again her hat of costume designer for The Fran Drescher Show (2010) and Happily Divorced (2011-2013)

Costume designer

  • Mobster (1991)
  • Princesses (1991)
  • Columbo, (It's All in the Game, 1993)
  • The Nanny (1993-1996)
  • The Fran Drescher Show (2010)
  • Happily Divorced (2011-2013)
  • An American Funeral (costume for Sophia O'Neill, 2017)

Actress (Television)

  • Freddy's Nightmares (Welcome to Springwood, 1989)
  • Hunter, (Lullaby,1990)


Brenda Cooper received 3 nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Costumes for a Series for her work on The Nanny.

Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Costume Design for a Series:

  • 1995 for the Episode Canasta Masta: Winner
  • 1996 for the Episode The Kibbutz: Nominee
  • 1997 for the Episode The Rosie Show: Nominee


  2. "Brenda Cooper on Instagram: "Being a 'Jordache Girl' was a big wow in the 80's. Billboard in Times Square 💋❤️#jordache #jeans #timesquare #newyorkcity"". Instagram. Retrieved 2020-12-14.

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