The Moira Rose look in the series finale of Schitt’s Creek was a fashion moment that delivered on the show’s legacy, replete with memorable dialogues and iconic style.
As the officiant at her son David’s (Dan Levy) wedding, Moira (Catherine O’Hara) donned an outfit that can only be described as papal chic, complete with one of her signature extravagant wigs. This look was not only a fitting tribute to the character but also a celebration of the show’s costume and design departments.
The inspiration for Moira’s wedding ensemble was a collaborative effort between O’Hara and Levy, the series co-creator, star, writer, and director. He told E Online, “I don’t want to say that that was the most pressure I ever felt in the history of our show, but figuring out Moira’s wedding look, knowing that it was going to be the last big Moira look and also knowing that it was the last episode of our show, it was just compounded pressure on compounded pressure.”
O’Hara’s idea to dress Moira like the pope set the stage for this unforgettable moment. The white Alexander McQueen gown she wore accentuated Moira’s larger-than-life personality like a glove.
However, the real standout of this ensemble was stunning Moira’s wig. Levy envisioned her with “very, very, very, very, very long blonde hair” styled in a Botticelli-inspired fashion. This distinctive look, with its cascading waves reminiscent of Botticelli’s ‘The Birth of Venus’ painting, added a touch of timeless artistry to Moira’s character.
Ana Sorys, the show’s hairstylist, dedicated months to crafting the perfect headpiece with hair wrapped around the hat, which was also O’Hara’s idea. Completing the look were the iconic Tom Ford gold boots and gloves, which added a touch of extravagance that was quintessentially Moira.
Dan Levy remembered, “I remember having this vision in my head, and I ended up waking up at like 3 in the morning, texting Ana saying, ‘I think she should have very, very, very, very, very long blonde hair and I think it should be kind of curled like a Botticelli painting. I think that’s the vibe, and I think it should be on either side, and I think they should be long, and I think we need jewellery.’ So, I called Debra Hanson, who’s our costume designer, and walked her through the process. And then, of course, at the very it’s like, well, yeah, throw on the Tom Ford boots, gold boots, and that feels very on brand with Moira.”
Levy doffed his hat to the costume, hair, and makeup departments for executing the “showstopper” Moira look that was the perfect way to send off the unapologetically theatrical of all the Roses. He said, “The minute it all came together, it felt like such a celebration of the character, but it also felt like this celebration of our costume department, it felt like a celebration of the hair and makeup departments, and at the same time, it never overshadowed David and Patrick. So, from a costume standpoint, it was that perfect balance of being a complete showstopper.”
This is yet another example of the unique brilliance of Schitt’s Creek, a show that keeps on giving.