This Was Almost the Opening of ‘Sex and the City’ (Can You Spot What’s Missing?)
Picture the opening credits to Sex and the City: the throwback theme music, the skyscrapers, the great big bus splash on Carrie’s legs and that itsy-bitsy pink tutu that defines Carrie Bradshaw. With that one item, the opening sets up the essence of Carrie—a woman who wears eccentric, child-like costumes and pulls them off surprisingly well.
In the opening sequence that was scrapped two decades ago, Bradshaw appears in a look that’s a bit less dramatic than her legendary tutu—a cocktail-length blue dress. “There were two wardrobes,” show creator Darren Starr told EW. “One was the tutu, and we did one pass where Sarah Jessica was wearing a blue dress and didn’t get splashed; instead, she trips when she sees the ad. In my mind, it was a nod to The Dick Van Dyke show, but we didn’t use it. It’s in the archives.”
Patricia Field, the show’s costume designer, found the unforgettable tutu in a $5 bin on a showroom floor, and immediately took to it, going on to make four other versions. “It was very difficult for the producers to understand the tutu,” said Field. “Sarah Jessica and I were fighting for it, and Darren said, ‘Okay, but I want other outfits as possibilities.’ It was such a brilliant choice because, in a way, Carrie’s dancing through her life in New York.”
We wouldn’t want it any other way.
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(h/t Entertainment Weekly; Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)