Behind the ‘The Carrie Diaries’ wardrobe

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Eric Daman worked with Pat Field to dress Carrie Bradshaw for “Sex and the City.” Now, the costume designer’s dressing her again — albeit a teenage, 1980s version, in the prequel “The Carrie Diaries.” He talks about how he created the wardrobe for her youthful years in “The Carrie Diaries.”

The wardrobe was such an important part of “Sex and the City,” it was practically its own character. How much pressure did you feel sourcing the young Carrie’s closet for the new show?
I was quite stressed out by the thought of having to take on such an overwhelming task. But I was elated to be able to breathe new life into such an amazing fashion icon. The best part of it is being able to relive my coming-of-age ’80s angst, from when I was a teen in the Midwest dreaming of a life in New York City.

You’ve worked with both Carries: How do they differ in their approach to fashion choices?
The approaches are very different. We have to remember that this Carrie is a teenager who goes to public school. She will stay true to her idiosyncratic style, not giving in to pre-determined trends but making her own. So in that sense, there’s a similarity.

What designers would Carrie be wearing in 2013?
Couture mixed with American daywear. She’d be wearing some Georges Chakra, Jenny Packham, Phillip Lim, Alexander Wang and Rag & Bone. And of course, some vintage Bill Blass, Balmain, Geoffrey Beene and Andre Courreges.

Carrie was known for that nameplate necklace and her Manolos. What are some of the key accessories and clothing items you’re using on this show?
A personalized “Carrie” bag from Mark Cross, a “C” pendant from Alex Woo and  a black, polka-dot party dress (an original vintage Scasi from the ’80s) that she wears for her first night out in NYC.


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