'The Closer': Brenda's Top 10 Outfits
10. Brenda's Birthday Suit
To mark Brenda's 40th birthday, costume designer Greg Lavoi dressed actress Kyra Sedgwick in a black v-neck dress with pink criss-cross ribbon detail and a sleek boucle jacket (not pictured). ''The look would make anyone turning 40 happy — or at least smile,'' he reasons.
9. The Cat Lady Pajamas
''Everyone has a favorite go-to set of PJs and Brenda Leigh is no different,'' declares Lavoi, who says that since Brenda was a woman who enjoyed drinking wine and owning cats, he just had to find her some feline-print sleepwear.
8. The eBay Bridal Gown
It may look like a pricey designer creation, but Lavoi actually scored this wedding gown on eBay for $12.99. ''She put it on and we cried because it was so beautiful,'' he recalls. The eBay seller got more than just a Paypal deposit out of the transaction; Lavoi later introduced her to Sedgwick.
7. Brenda's Power Suit
Lavoi affectionally dubbed this Lilli Ann ensemble Brenda's ''Backgammon Suit.'' ''Brenda rocked a vintage suit better than anyone on TV and [this] became her signature power look,'' he says.
6. The June Cleaver Set
Lavoi found this sweater and floral dress — with tags still intact — at L.A. vintage shop The Way We Wore. "This was the cutest of [her] retro sets," he says, noting how important it was that Brenda retain her femininity as she ascended the ranks of the macho Major Crimes division.
5. The Controversial Coat
This pink trench coat from Neiman Marcus was almost denied its 15 minutes of fame. ''[Executive producer James Duff] initially said no. He said, 'I don't want that coat to take on a life of its own.' Well, it did and it has. Sorry, James!'' remembers Lavoi, who ultimately triumphed in the battle over Brenda's girly outerwear.
4. The Dress That Went M.I.A.
Lavoi borrowed a knockout Narciso Rodriguez dress — which he had previously used in the 2004 ABC series The D.A. — from the Warner Brothers costume shop for the pilot of The Closer. ''This was the dress that Brenda couldn't afford, so her daddy bought it for her,'' he says. When executive producer James Duff wanted Brenda to wear it again, Lavoi discovered that it had gone missing. "I went back to the costume shop, but it was nowhere to be found," says the costume designer, who had to create an exact replica of the designer garment for an episode in season 6.
3. Brenda's Not-a-Trench Coat
A cashmere cardigan from Ralph Lauren was a wardrobe staple — and a stylish security blanket — for Brenda. ''I didn't want her to be cliché like Colombo,'' says Lavoi. ''[It] was the perfect 'not-a-trench coat' option and it got her through any crisis.''
2. Kitty's Skirt
An unassuming floral georgette skirt was actually an important plot device. ''Brenda wore this skirt when she entered a bungalow to investigate the death of a Russian call girl in season 1. She wound up buying the bungalow and meeting Kitty for the first time,'' Lavoi explains. "When Kitty got sick, it was no coincidence that Brenda wore this same skirt for Kitty's final scene."
1. Brenda's Good Luck Look
Lavoi considers this blazer and skirt combo — which first popped up in the pilot — Brenda's good luck suit. ''It served her well over seven years at the LAPD,'' he says. ''I used it every first and last episode of each season for the run of the show.'' The entire ensemble is from Macy's because, according to Lavoi, ''That's where Brenda shopped before landing in L.A.''