Patricia Field

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Patricia Field
Life Ball 2009 (arrivals) Patricia Field and The Blonds - cropped.jpg
Field at Life Ball 2009
Born (1942-02-12) February 12, 1942 (age 80)
OccupationCostume and fashion designer, stylist

Patricia Field (born February 12, 1942)[1] is an American costume designer, stylist and fashion designer.[2]

Early life[edit]

Field was born in 1942 in New York City to an Armenian father and a Greek mother, who emigrated from Plomari, Lesbos, Greece.[1][3] Field, is openly lesbian.[4] She was raised in Manhattan and Queens. She claimed credit for inventing the modern legging for women's fashion in the 1970s.[5]

She was for many years romantically involved with costume designer Rebecca Weinberg (Field),[6] with whom she partnered on Sex and the City.

Fashion career[edit]

She was the owner of the eponymous boutique Patricia Field, which first opened on 8th Street, moved to West Broadway, and its last location was at 306 Bowery in NoHo, New York City.[7][5] In 2016, Field sold her iconic retail property at 306 Bowery, after being in business for 50 years, and she continues to work in television and film.[7]

Field has the ARTFashion Gallery which opened in 2018, where she focuses on selling art and hand painted original clothing and accessories by a group of hand curated artists, located in the Lower East Side in New York City.[8]

Among others, Field's design influences include, John Galliano, Diane von Furstenberg, and Thierry Mugler.[9] She was a mentor for fashion designer Hushidar Mortezaie.[10][11]


Field met Sarah Jessica Parker during the filming of 1995's Miami Rhapsody. They became friends and worked together on the television series Sex and the City. Before the first season of Sex and the City, Parker and Darren Star asked Field to design the costumes for the series. During Field's tenure as costume designer on the series, the show became well known for the fashions.[12] She went on to return as costume designer for the movie Sex and the City (2008) and the sequel Sex and the City 2 (2010). Field did not work on the costume for the 2021–2022, Sex and the City reboot, And Just Like That….[12][13] After the successes of the Sex in the City costumes she was in high demand for new projects in television and film.[7] For her work on Sex and the City, Field was nominated for five Emmy Awards, with one win, and nominated for six Costume Designers Guild awards, with four wins. She is one out of six honorees of the 2008 Real Time Film Festival.

Field's television credits include Hope & Faith, Kath & Kim,[14][15] Ugly Betty,[16][15] Younger on TV Land,[17] Murphy Brown (season 11),[18] and Emily in Paris.[2][13] She served as costume designer for the feature film The Devil Wears Prada, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Costume Design.

She did the costume design for the film Second Act (2018) starring Jennifer Lopez, Vanessa Hudgens and Leah Remini.[19]

She designed the outfits in Namie Amuro's music videos[20] for her three songs "New Look", "Rock Steady", and "What A Feeling" from her single 60s 70s 80s; as well as Anna Vissi's music videos[21] for Stin Pyra and Alitissa Psihi from her album Apagorevmeno.

She worked in the Asian market by creating the fashion behind the Chinese feature film Go Lala Go! (2010) (Chinese: 杜拉拉升职记).[22] In 2011, she designed most of the outfits for the characters in a Taiwan television drama called Material Queen.

Television appearances[edit]

Field appeared as the first guest judge during the first season of the Bravo reality television series Project Runway. Her eponymous boutique was featured in a 2007 episode of Kathy Griffin's reality show My Life on the D-List, as well as on a 2008 episode of Paris Hilton's My New BFF.

John Galliano controversy[edit]

On 25 February 2011, Dior announced that it had suspended its head designer John Galliano following his arrest over an alleged anti-semitic assault in a Paris bar.[23] The next day, The Sun published a video on their website, in which Galliano hurls anti-semitic insults at a group of Italian women and declares "I love Hitler... People like you would be dead. Your mothers, your forefathers would all be fucking gassed."[24]

In a statement, Natalie Portman, a Jewish American actress whose great-grandparents were murdered in Auschwitz and who has been an ambassador of Dior since 2010, expressed "disgust" at John Galliano's comments.[25] Field defended Galliano by sending an email blast to 500 friends, blogs and media. She dismissed Galliano's statements as "theater" and later, in a phone interview with WWD described Galliano's videotaped behavior as "farce" and said she was bewildered that people in the fashion community have not recognized it as such. "It's theater," she said. "It's farce. But people in fashion don't recognize the farce in it. All of a sudden they don't know him. But it's OK when it's Mel Brooks' The Producers singing "Springtime for Hitler"."[26]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Academy Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result Notes
2006 The Devil Wears Prada Best Costume Design Nominated [27]

BAFTA Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result Notes
2006 The Devil Wears Prada Best Costume Design Nominated [28]

Costume Designers Guild Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result Notes
2000 Sex and the City Excellence in Costume Design for Television - Contemporary Won
2001 Sex and the City Excellence in Costume Design for Television - Contemporary Won
2002 Sex and the City Excellence in Costume Design for Television - Contemporary Nominated
2003 Sex and the City Excellence in Costume Design for Television - Contemporary Nominated
2004 Sex and the City Excellence in Costume Design for Television - Contemporary Won
2005 Sex and the City Excellence in Costume Design for Television - Contemporary Won
2007 The Devil Wears Prada Excellence in Costume Design for Television - Contemporary Nominated
2009 Ugly Betty Outstanding Costume Design for Television Series - Contemporary Won
2010 Ugly Betty Outstanding Contemporary Television Series Nominated [29]
2020 Emily In Paris Contemporary Costumes - Television Nominated
2021 Won

Emmy Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result Notes
1990 Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme Outstanding Costume Design for a Variety or Music Program Won
2000 Sex and the City: La Douleur Exquise Outstanding Costumes for a Series Nominated
2001 Sex and the City: Sex and Another City Outstanding Costumes for a Series Nominated
2002 Sex and the City: Defining Moments Outstanding Costumes for a Series Won
2003 Sex and the City: I Love A Charade Outstanding Costumes for a Series Nominated
2004 Sex and the City: An American Girl in Paris: Part Deux Outstanding Costumes for a Series Nominated
2009 Ugly Betty: In The Stars Outstanding Costumes for a Series Nominated

Satellite Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result Notes
2006 The Devil Wears Prada Best Costume Design Won


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  17. ^ "Catching Up With the Anonymous Real-World Publishing Figure Behind TV's Younger". Vogue. 2017-10-24. Retrieved 2022-02-16.
  18. ^ McNamara, Mary (2018-09-20). "How do you dress a resurrected icon like Murphy Brown? Very carefully". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2022-02-16.
  19. ^ "Review: Jennifer Lopez doesn't go anywhere new in the harmless, charming 'Second Act'". Los Angeles Times. 2018-12-20. Retrieved 2022-02-16.
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  21. ^ "Patricia Field on Disco, Divas, and the Art of Styling a Star". Vice. Retrieved 2022-02-16.
  22. ^ Tsui, Clarence (2010-10-28). "Film review: Go Lala Go! - A Vapid Sex and the City in China". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 2022-02-16.
  23. ^ "John Galliano suspended by Dior following arrest over 'anti-semitic rant'". The Daily Telegraph. London. 25 February 2011. Archived from the original on 1 March 2011.
  24. ^ Wang, Connie (2011-02-28). "Video Of John Galliano's Racist Rantings". Retrieved 2022-02-16.
  25. ^ "Natalie Portman, Dior Directors Slam John Galliano's Anti-Semitic Comments". Fox News. 1 March 2011.
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  28. ^ Roe, Louise (2007-01-12). "Will The Devil Get A BAFTA?". British Vogue. Condé Nast. Retrieved 2022-02-16.
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