‘Sex and the City’: Carrie’s Iconic Versace Dress Almost Didn’t Make it Into the Finale

During Sex and the City’s six-season run, Carrie Bradshaw wore a lot of great outfits. The sex columnist’s wardrobe was the envy of fans, and Patricia Field, the show’s stylist, fought hard for her favorite outfits. Carrie’s most iconic and expensive outfit was worn in the show’s final episode, but it almost wasn’t included. Field had to push hard for Carrie to don the dress in the first place.

Carrie Bradshaw wore an $80,000 Versace dress in the Sex and the City finale

The team behind Sex and the City pulled out all of the stops for the season six finale. Knowing it would be the show’s final moments meant the cast had to go out big, and Carrie’s fashion choices matched the mood. While waiting for her not-so-perfect boyfriend, Aleksandr Petrovsky, to return, she fell asleep. When he returned to the room, fans saw Carrie in a massive and utterly incredibly dress.

Kristin Davis, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall and Cynthia Nixon  look into the camera in a promotional photo for 'Sex and the City'
The cast of ‘Sex and the City’ | HBO/Newsmakers

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The dress, pooled around Carrie on the bed in her gorgeous Paris hotel, wasn’t a vintage find or a bargain basement steal. The gown was valued at $80,000 back in 2004, when Sarah Jessica Parker, the actor who portrayed Carrie got to wear it. It was the most expensive dress she ever wore in the series, but it almost didn’t make it into the show.

Michael Patrick King didn’t think the dress was realistic

Field was desperate to see Carrie wear the famed Versace dress in the series finale, but she received some pushback. According to Jennifer Kieshin Armstrong, author of Sex and the City and Us, Michael Patrick King thought the dress impractical. He believed it would have been impossible for Carrie to have packed the heavily layered gown when she left New York.

Patricia Field and Michael Patrick King pose together at the release party of 'The Between Boyfriends Book' in New York City
Patricia Field and Michael Patrick King | Jason Nevader/WireImage

Field reportedly told King to figure out a way to make it happen, and he did just that. The dress was never seen on the streets of Paris. Carrie donned much more practical outfits while out and about. Instead, the team filmed Carrie lying down with the dress flaring around her, making for a truly picture-perfect moment.

The dress remains one of the most memorable outfits that Carrie Bradshaw ever wore

Field’s instincts were correct, as usual. The famed costume designer was right to push for Carrie to wear the dress in the final moments of the series. Fans consistently rank the gown among the most memorable outfits worn by the famed sex columnist.

Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw walks down the street on  location for 'Sex and the City 2'
Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw | James Devaney/WireImage

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According to Bustle, the luxurious gown is the third most memorable outfit Carrie ever wore. It sits right behind a famous Dior dress she wore. The John Galliano for Christian Dior newsprint dress made two appearances in Sex and the City. Carrie first wears the $1,500 high-low dress in season 3 of Sex and the City. Years later, she slipped into the sleek dress in Sex and the City 2.