Whether she's the reason you got into fashion in the first place, or the representation of everything you hate about New York, Sex and the City's Carrie Bradshaw has had an undeniable effect on how young women dress. Anytime someone pairs stilettos with overalls, layers a nameplate necklace over a bustier, or steps out in a tutu, that Carrie connection will be drawn (for better or worse), and we have costume designer and shop owner Patricia Field to thank for that. However, one of Carrie's most iconic styling moments — that tutu in the opening sequence — nearly never came into fruition.
Says Patricia to the Archive of American Television: "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, $5 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.'" After shooting the opening sequence a few times with different clothing options, the tutu was the one that made the cut.
As for that "Carrie" necklace? "The kids from the boroughs, they come into my shop… That name [plate necklace] — [the kids from the boroughs] had been wearing forever. It was a staple. So, I was like, 'Let me show her a Carrie necklace, and maybe she would like the idea.' So, I had one made up with her name, and she liked it. After all, it was a piece of New York — a real piece of New York."