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Racked contributor Bonnie Datt recently conducted an interview with costume designer Patricia Field for the Archive of American Television—a division of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation, which films in-depth interviews with icons of television. For two and a half hours, Pat talked about her life and her work as a costume designer for Sex and the City and other television shows and films.
As love/hate/anticipation mounts for the new SATC prequel series, The Carrie Diaries, the Academy has shared with us a segment from the interview where Pat discusses the origin of the Carrie Necklace, and the battle she and Sarah Jessica Parker had with the producers over using that tutu in the opening credits. Check it out after the jump.
Here's what she said:
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 convince him.
Well, me and Sarah Jessica put out an all-out campaign for it, and that helped. But the story is that we had four options, and we shot two, or maybe three. And because of the bus and the water, there were maybe five shot of each one. And in the end, they chose that one."
For more where that came from, check out the whole interview to hear Pat's take on her shop, how SATC influenced the way women dress, and more.
· Archive of American Television [Official Site]
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