In the famed — but sadly now ended — Schitt's Creek, clothes were important. Integral even. As the show was centered around a family of down on their luck big spenders, the apparel of the Rose family told as many stories as Moira Rose's accent. And that was purposeful.
“I looked at how Patricia Field played with clothes in [Sex and the City,]” show creator and star Dan Levy told us in his first cover story for Out. “For us, I don’t want the characters to constantly have to tell the audience, ‘We used to be rich.’ So the most effective device we had sometimes was their wardrobe — it’s a constant reminder they came from money.” So Levy put a lot of time and effort into the fashion aspect of the show, hunting and paying for pieces on his own accord. The show even hosted a charitable auction of many of the looks featured. And in the finale episode, the style truly stood out.
In addition to the sentimental moment of Alexis Rose having given Twyla Sands many of the dresses she had previously worn onscreen — which Sands promptly began to wear — there were the looks from the wedding. Levy, as David Rose wore a Thom Browne suit while Alexis donned a beautiful Michael Lo Sordo gown. But as any true fan of the show knows, Moira Rose is the one to keep an eye out for.
"A moment of appreciation for this look that took us a solid month to figure out," Levy wrote to Instagram in a new post, featuring Moira in her officiant-cum-pope look. "I found the [Alexander McQueen] dress on consignment. The Bottecelli hair came to me in a dream and Ana Sorys ran with the idea and created yet another iconic Moira wig/hair band."
Sorys has styled the upwards of 100 wigs Moira has worn in the show in addition to doing hair for Eugene Levy, Dan's father who plays Johnny Rose, and Annie Murphy's Alexis.
The McQueen was one of five or six options that Levy had sourced according to an interview he did with GLAAD and the beaded skull in the back sealed the deal. According to him, it was actually Catherine O'Hara, who plays Moira, who made the suggestion that they do a nod to the pope and incorporate the wig into the hat.
"Our incredible wardrobe department (spearheaded by the great Debra Hanson) made the hat and assembled the look: some over the top costume jewelry, golden gloves, and matching gold Tom Ford knee-high boots," Dan continued in his post. "This look is a love letter to all the incredible art departments that worked tirelessly alongside each other to bring our ideas to life in the most inspiring ways week after week, episode after episode. What a team. And what a send-off."
Honestly, we can't wait to recreate it at the next Night of 1,000 Moiras.