Is there any petticoat other than the flouncy one worn by Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City‘s intro that’s been as famous? We think not. Now, an Archive of American Television interview with SATC costume designer Patricia Field revealed that the little white number only cost a crisp Lincoln. We officially love that skirt just a teensy bit more.
Says Field in the videotaped interview:
The big thing from the early days that stood out for me was the tulle skirt. We were going to shoot the opening credits, and so there were conferences about it and so on. I was in a showroom and there was a bucket on the floor, for like, five dollars each or something, and I pull out this tulle skirt, and I’m like, ‘I don’t know, let’s just take this. We’ll see.’
So when I showed it to Sarah Jessica, she loved it. And I said, ‘Okay, so we’ll put it with a little T-shirt,” and she loved it. She felt it. And then we had to convince Darren [Star, the show's producer]! He didn’t get it. I don’t blame him — it’s not his thing. And we were coming to him with something strange, in his mind. So we had to try to convince him. Well, Sarah Jessica put out a campaign for it, and that helped.
We’re also swooning over what Field says about the iconic “Carrie” necklace she introduced to the show after seeing it for years as a fashion “staple” that hung around the necks of young people of all ethnicities and all different boroughs:
“It was a piece of New York. A real piece of New York. And it wasn’t just Manhattan, it was from outside Manhattan, from the other parts of New York where the people live. Somebody like Carrie, living in New York, would have caught it somewhere and seen it on somebody and liked it, so it had that reason for being.”
Power to the people.
Have a little time to kill? Watch the inspiring full two-and-a-half-hour video interview with Field here.
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