Saturday, July 3, 2010

Stylist Profile: Patricia Field

*Sourced and edited by Dayana Sobri

About Patricia Field

Love the styling for Sex and the City? Sex in the City & Beyond is a collection of hand-picked pieces by Patricia Field herself! She is taking her styling beyond the TV screens and creating chic looks for the modern, fashion forward woman. It's like having Patricia as your own personal stylist; everything from shoes to accessories are put together for you. Each look is beautifully illustrated from Patricia's vision by Aaron Potts.

Patricia Field is a native New Yorker and one of fashion's greatest visionaries: she is an Academy Award nominated, Emmy Award winning film and television Costume Designer and a boutique owner with her own clothing label. Patricia received critical praise and raised the standards for the world of television glamour when she costumed HBO’s Sex and the City, the most fashionable show in television history. She is a true pioneer who has brought forth a new style of dressing to American women and has stimulated an entire fashion movement throughout the world.

Patricia began her career with the opening of her Greenwich Village boutique in 1966. For over 40 years this downtown institution has been an internationally known favorite of celebrities, in-the-know “scenesters” and the fashion-forward. It has been a defining factor in the urban style of New York’s glittery nightlife, and helped to launch the careers of many innovative young designers and stylists. Patricia opened two subsequent stores, another Patricia Field Boutique on 6th Avenue and the highly successful Hotel Venus in Soho. The Patricia Field boutique now happily resides back in its East Village neighborhood on the Bowery, an up-and-coming area of Manhattan.


Patricia’s impressive list of projects include television’s Crime Story, Wiseguy, Spin City, Hope and Faith, Six Degrees, Cashmere Mafia, Kath & Kim, Sex and the City and currently Ugly Betty. Her film credits include Miami Rhapsody, The Substitute, Dear Diary, The Devil Wears Prada, Confessions of a Shopaholic and the upcoming Sex and the City movie sequel. Patricia also heads all of the styling work for Payless Shoes print and television advertising and the Vidal Sassoon Namie Amuro campaign in Japan.


Patricia designed a limited edition collection of footwear and accessories for Candie’s Shoes, a collection for Rocawear, developed a limited edition collection for Pro-Keds, and collaborated with Japanese brand Ash & Diamonds to design a line of watches for Seiko Japan. She designed two collections for Payless Shoes, a line of accessories and clothing inspired by Barbie for Mattel, and in 2008 designed a wildly successful line called Destination Style for the Home Shopping Network in the US, Marks & Spencer in Europe, and Myer Department Store in Australia.

Patricia acted as Creative Director for the Japanese brand Smacky Glam from 2004 to 2006, styling their campaigns with famed photographer Ellen Von Unworth. She developed a Patricia Field web boutique for Coffers Japan, designed costumes in Athens for the Greek Music Awards, and directed costuming for the musical "Barbarella" in Vienna. In 2008 Patricia styled a large-scale fashion and music event for American Express Japan.

Also in 2008 Patricia was commissioned by Coca-Cola to design a limited series of Diet Coke bottles, which were sold at Selfridges in Great Britain. She teamed up with Diet Coke once again in 2009 to design a bottle inspired by theeclectic outfits she created for America Ferrera on Ugly Betty, and to launch a new eco-bag made entirely out of recycled plastic bottles. Also in 2009 she designed an accessories collection for Crystal Ball in Japan.

For the 2009 holiday season Patricia worked with Sex and the City actress Kim Cattrall to promote Bailey’s Irish Cream Red Bow bottle. The holiday bottle inspired the designer to create a gorgeous red dress with a huge bow to spread the festive cheer. And her most recent project is a is a collaboration with the Keith Haring Foundation to create a Patricia Field for Keith Haring accessories and ready-to-wear collection.


In 1989, Patricia received an Emmy for Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special for Disney's television feature Mother Goose Rock and Rhyme. She has won two additional Emmys for Outstanding Costumes for a Series for her work on Sex and the City. Her other awards include Stylist of the Year by the CFDA (a new award category created on the principle of Patricia’s work), the Albert Einstein Award for innovation, Fashion Council's Accessories Award for making accessories prominent and highly desired on the fashion scene, four Costume Designers Guild Awards in Excellence for Costume Designs for Television –Contemporary for Sex and the City series and an additional Costume Designers Guild Award for Outstanding Costume Design for Television Series – Contemporary for Ugly Betty in 2006.

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