Sarah Jessica Parker‘s Sex and the City character Carrie Bradshaw had quite the enviable wardrobe. Fancy wares from Christian Dior, Manolo Blahnik, and Vivienne Westwood were plentiful. However, that iconic pink tulle skirt from the opening credits cost stylist Patricia Field a mere $5, and she found it in a bargain bin at some random sale. And we thought we were the queens of shopping.
It’s safe to say that many props involved in Sex and the City are now as famous and historic as the series itself. Case in point: Bradshaw’s apartment on Perry Street was sold in April for cool $9.85 million. But in an interview with Emmy TV Legends, Field dishes about the surprising and cheap origins of the tulle skirt:
“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.”