‘Sex and the City’: Carrie Bradshaw and Whitney Houston Have Something in Common
Sex and the City was about love, friendships, sex, and fashion. For some fans, the fashion was the most important element of the series. The stylist for Sex and the City, Patricia Field, is well known for creating stunning and interesting looks, but for Sex and the City: The Movie she drew inspiration from one of the most iconic singers of all time, Whitney Houston.
Carrie Bradshaw wore the same dress as Whitney Houston
In 1987, Houston wore a white gown with large hibiscus flowers on it. In 2008, in the opening credits for Sex and the City: The Movie, Parker wore a similar dress. The dress that Parker wore as Carrie was designed by the same man who designed Houston’s dress. Eugene Alexander was a prolific designer in the 1980s and 1990s and spent much of his time dressing big name stars.
The dress received renewed attention in 2012. After Houston’s untimely death in Beverly Hills, California, Life Magazine used an old snapshot of the iconic songstress on its cover. The photo they used was from a 1987 promotional photoshoot in which Houston wore the dress. Sex and the City fans were quick to point out that the same frock was seen in the franchise’s first movie.
Bradshaw’s version of the dress was a bit different from Houston’s though
The dress Parker donned as Carrie did have some difference from the iconic gown Houston wore in 1987. According to Page Six, the iconic outfit was changed to a mini dress for Parker’s character, with a sexy slit exposing the majority of her thigh.
The flower adornments were altered, too. Houston’s gown featured two large hibiscus flowers with silver and gold trim. The version Parker wore as Carrie dropped one of the flowers and lost much of the silver that was seen on Houston’s gown. The dress Parker wore used heavy gold accents. She styled it with gold jewelry to match.
Patricia Field was known for mixing and matching vintage items with modern pieces
It should come as no surprise that the iconic Carrie wore the same dress as Houston, though. Field, who styled all four of the show’s main characters for all six seasons, is known for mixing vintage items with modern pieces to create visual interest and unique fashions.
Field told Repeller that she thought the audience loved Carrie’s fashions because they were different and yet attainable. The “high-low look” was achieved by mixing designer pieces with vintage items. The goal was to create something that looked more like the wardrobe of a real person instead of high fashion.