Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson is known for two things: catching the bad guys and looking great while doing it. Fans of The Closer love Brenda’s amazing outfits almost as much as the series. Simple yet elegant, her unique style helps Brenda stands out in both the series and among other procedural crime dramas.
Greg LeVoi was the costume director for The Closer and the spin-off series Major Crimes. LeVoi has stated that the main components for Brenda’s style are tailored jackets that look like they’re from the 1940s and soft skirts.
“She's out on a crime scene, she runs by a vintage store, Brenda not being a shopper doesn't know what a vintage store is, thinks it's a thrift store, goes in, sees a jacket that reminds her of her grandma, buys it, and that's how I rationalize it, ‘Oh, that's a piece of her history,’” said LeVoi about thinking like Brenda in regards to fashion.
Getting the trimmed jackets, sweaters, and skirts for Brenda was no easy task. LeVoi admitted that he would spend hours at night on eBay to find the ‘right' jacket that he knows our crime-solving Deputy Chief would love.
“After the show late at night, when I'm at home I'll start scrolling down and finding these things. I've been in bidding wars on certain things. I've gone up to six, seven hundred dollars, and then I've gotten them for $29, so it's hit or miss,” said LeVoi about his dedication to Brenda’s attire.
Many components go into helping tell a character's story on television, and clothes are especially part of that process. While it did cause come late nights for LeVoi, we’re happy for the dedication he put forth to help bring Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson to life on The Closer.
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