It is said that the fifth star on sex and the city was New York City itself, but we have another theory to offer: what if it was fashionable? Orchestrated by the show’s costume designer Patricia Field, Carrie Bradshaw’s outfits mark some of the most influential style moments of the 90s and early 2000s and also helped make Sarah Jessica Parker a true fashion icon. .
With six seasons, two movies and a reboot (And just like that…), it’s hard to choose the best of the best. But we undertook the hard work in the name of – what else? – fashion. Ahead, we take a look back at some of the looks that made Carrie Bradshaw so iconic.
The theme song skirt
If you are like us, the SATC theme song probably started playing in your head the moment you saw that tiered tulle skirt. The look, seen at the top of every episode (and in an encore during the first movie), is sparkling, fun, and oh-so-Carrie Bradshaw.
The naked dress
Carrie’s flesh-colored mini-dress memorably caught Mr. Big’s attention in Season 1, but some might not realize that she first caught the world’s attention. For a refresher: Per her contract, Parker got to keep everything she wore on the show. So she stepped out in the DKNY mini at the 1997 VH1 Vogue Fashion Awards – before the show even started airing the following year.
The Dior newsprint dress
Carrie ruins romantic adversary Natasha’s wedding, as well as her lunch, while wearing this iconic John Galliano newspaper-print dress for Christian Dior, which Parker also took for a ride in real life.
Legs for days
Only Carrie could pull out a micro-mini to meet the parents. After telling Aiden she’s not ready to meet her family, she surprises them at brunch, looking fabulous in a very short tight gray dress, and pairing it with heels (of course) and a Gucci bag.
The juicy dress
Nothing says “early 2000s” like Juicy Couture terry cloth, so of course Carrie Bradshaw had a piece. Turns out her green ruched dress was actually strategic; Parker was pregnant during filming, so the easy figure (and gigantic blue Hermès Birkin bag) helped draw attention away from her baby bump.
The shopping look
In Carrie Bradshaw’s world, ruffles, fur and snake-print boots go together perfectly. And don’t forget to top it off with a string of pearls.
The Versace Ball Gown
After arriving in Paris to live with Aleksandr Petrovsky, a jet-lagged Carrie dons this gray Atelier Versace design – to fall asleep in when he’s late picking her up. The incredible dress then gets a second moment in the spotlight during And just like that…, when our heroine wears it to enjoy a solo snack in front of the window. According to showlore, it was the most expensive dress Carrie had ever worn at around $80,000 – so why not wear it more than once?
Carrie in Paris
Carrie’s Parisian style was all about fantasy, and her puffy tulle skirt, blazer and sleeve worn in the show’s finale were the perfect callback to the tulle skirt worn in the opening credits.
The first film also had its fair share of amazing fashion. Case in point: this layered floral moment, paired with a black studded belt, platform heels and her Eiffel Tower bag – which reappears in a significant moment later in the SATC universe.
The wedding dress
Carrie and Big’s wedding may not have gone exactly as planned, but one thing was certain: the bride was a vision in her elaborate Vivienne Westwood wedding dress, gifted by the designer herself after the wedding of Carrie. vogue Photo shoot.
The famous dress seems to be making a comeback in season 2 of And just like that…as Parker was spotted filming in New York while wearing the dress in November 2022.
The little white dress
When we first see Carrie pair up with Charlotte (Kristin Davis) in Sex and the City 2she wears this airy Halston Heritage LWD (Parker was the label’s president and creative director at the time) — and a sartorial obsession was born.
When And just like that… was announced, fashion fans rejoiced at the thought of new outfits from Carrie and co. But perhaps the best look of the series was saved for the finale; Carrie wore a coral Valentino dress to (spoiler again) scatter her late husband’s ashes on a Parisian bridge. The piece de resistance ? She placed the ashes in the same Eiffel Tower bag from the first SATC film.
“It was the only dress that went into the room,” costume designer Molly Rogers said. In the style of the dress. “S.J. [Parker] I saw him and I said, “Look no further. ”