Sex and the City. It was the show that introduced many to Manolo Blahnik and made generations of women totally clueless to the financial struggles that come with living in New York City. In real life, Carrie couldn’t have afforded her lifestyle even if she had all the credit cards in the world, but it was pretty to watch as if it were a reality. And as for the love of your life chasing you down in Paris and telling that you’re “the one” on the Seine — pfft — the shit isn’t happening either. But again, it was fun to get caught up and dream.

But finally in a breath of reality, designer Patricia Field who was responsible for all of Carrie’s “whacky” outfits, has revealed exactly from where that now iconic tulle skirt in the opening credits had come: a bargain bin.

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.’

Sarah Jessica Parker loved it, producer Darren Starr didn’t understand it, but what it all boils down to is fashion history was made AND it was actually something that the character Carrie Bradshaw could have bought herself — and maybe even more than one, too! So there you have the one thing about Sex and the City that is actually believable — well, that and the fact that New York City, despite its challenges, really is the best.


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