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Patricia Field
Field at Life Ball 2009
Born (1942-02-12) February 12, 1942 (age 82)
Alma materNew York University
Occupation(s)Costume and fashion designer

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

Early life[edit]

Field was born in New York City to an Armenian father and a Greek mother, who emigrated from Plomari, Lesbos.[1][3] She was raised in Queens, where her family owned a drycleaning store; her father died when she was 8 years old. She studied government and philosophy at New York University.[4]

Fashion career[edit]

With her then-partner Jo-Ann Salvucci, Field opened her first boutique, Pants Pub, in 1966 on Washington Square in Greenwich Village.[4] The shop, later renamed to the eponymous Patricia Field, moved in 1971 to 8th Street, then to West Broadway, and finally to 306 Bowery in NoHo,[5] where Field owned the property. She sold it in 2016 to concentrate on costume designing for television and film.[4] In 2018 she opened the ARTFashion Gallery on the Lower East Side, which sells art and hand-painted original clothing and accessories by a selected group of artists.[6]

Field is credited with originating the fashion for leggings in the 1970s.[5][7] Her stores were popular with the transgender[4] and underground communities;[8] she became known for what she calls "freaky fashion".[9]

Her design influences include John Galliano, Diane von Furstenberg, and Thierry Mugler.[10] She was a mentor for fashion designer Hushidar Mortezaie.[11][12]


Field was the costume designer for the 1987 film Lady Beware and the TV series Crime Story. After she met Sarah Jessica Parker during the filming of 1995's Miami Rhapsody, they became friends and Field was engaged to design the costumes for the TV series Sex and the City.[4] The show became well known for its fashions,[7][13] particularly for their individuality and unexpectedness.[9] 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.[citation needed] She returned as costume designer for the 2008 movie Sex and the City and its 2010 sequel Sex and the City 2, but did not work on the 2021–2022 series reboot, And Just Like That….[13][14]

After the successes of the Sex and the City costumes, Field was in high demand for new projects in television and film.[4] Her other television credits include Hope & Faith, Kath & Kim,[15][16] Ugly Betty,[9][17][16] Younger on TV Land,[18] season 11 of Murphy Brown,[19] and Emily in Paris.[9][2][14] In 2011, she designed most of the outfits for the characters in a Taiwan television drama called Material Queen.[citation needed]

In film, her credits include The Devil Wears Prada,[9] for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Costume Design, and Second Act (2018).[20] In the Asian market, she created the fashion behind the 2010 Chinese feature film Go Lala Go! (Chinese: 杜拉拉升职记).[21]

She designed the outfits in Namie Amuro's music videos[22] 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[23] for "Stin Pyra" and "Alitissa Psihi" from her album Apagorevmeno.

A documentary film on her career called Happy Clothes: A Film About Patricia Field, directed by Michael Selditch, had its world premiere at the Tribeca Festival in 2023.[24][25]

Television appearances[edit]

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


In February 2023, she published a memoir, Pat in the City: My Life of Fashion, Style, and Breaking All the Rules.[8][9]

Personal life[edit]

Field is a lesbian,[26] and was in a long-term relationship with costume designer Rebecca Weinberg (Field),[8][27] with whom she partnered on Sex and the City.[7]

Field defended Dior head designer John Galliano after he was arrested in February 2011 over an alleged anti-semitic assault in a Paris bar,[28] describing Galliano's videotaped behavior in a phone interview with WWD as "farce" and "theater".[29]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Academy Awards[edit]

Year Award Nominated work Result Notes
2006 Best Costume Design The Devil Wears Prada Nominated [30]

BAFTA Awards[edit]

Year Award Nominated work Result Notes
2006 Best Costume Design The Devil Wears Prada Nominated [31]

Costume Designers Guild Awards[edit]

Year Award Nominated work Result Notes
2000 Excellence in Costume Design for Television - Contemporary Sex and the City Won
2001 Won
2002 Nominated
2003 Nominated
2004 Won
2005 Won
2007 The Devil Wears Prada Nominated
2009 Outstanding Costume Design for Television Series - Contemporary Ugly Betty Won
2010 Outstanding Contemporary Television Series Nominated [32]
2020 Contemporary Costumes - Television Emily In Paris Nominated
2021 Won

Primetime Emmy Awards[edit]

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

Satellite Awards[edit]

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


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  2. ^ a b Kratofil, Colleen (December 9, 2021). "Former SATC Stylist Patricia Field Talks to And Just Like That... Costume Designer 'All the Time'". People. Retrieved February 4, 2022.
  3. ^ Ferguson, Niall. "Patricia Field background". International Herald Tribune. Retrieved December 5, 2013.
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  5. ^ a b "Patricia Field". Vogue.it (in Italian). May 26, 2010. Retrieved February 4, 2022. a fashion visionary, who invented the modern legging back in the 70's
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  11. ^ "Silk Road Super, Hushidar Mortezaie". Jdeed magazine. May 31, 2017. Retrieved February 2, 2022.
  12. ^ Pashaie, Natalie (August 30, 2018). "'Occupy Me' explores thought-provoking clothing, systems of control". Daily Trojan. University of Southern California. Retrieved February 3, 2022.
  13. ^ a b "The Cultural Moments That Defined 2021". The Seattle Medium. December 28, 2021. Retrieved February 16, 2022.
  14. ^ a b Cordero, Rosy (May 25, 2021). "'Sex and the City' costume designer Patricia Field explains why she's not taking part in the revival". EW.com. Retrieved February 16, 2022.
  15. ^ FitzSimons, Amanda (October 6, 2008). "Force Field: Patricia Field Laughs It Up". WWD. Retrieved February 16, 2022.
  16. ^ a b "Patricia Field lets women of all sizes slip into something "Sex"-y". The Denver Post. September 10, 2008. ISSN 1930-2193. Retrieved February 16, 2022.
  17. ^ Marcus, Bennett (April 16, 2010). "Patricia Field Isn't That Sad That Ugly Betty Is Over". The Cut. Retrieved February 4, 2022.
  18. ^ "Catching Up With the Anonymous Real-World Publishing Figure Behind TV's Younger". Vogue. October 24, 2017. Retrieved February 16, 2022.
  19. ^ McNamara, Mary (September 20, 2018). "How do you dress a resurrected icon like Murphy Brown? Very carefully". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved February 16, 2022.
  20. ^ "Review: Jennifer Lopez doesn't go anywhere new in the harmless, charming 'Second Act'". Los Angeles Times. December 20, 2018. Retrieved February 16, 2022.
  21. ^ Tsui, Clarence (October 28, 2010). "Film review: Go Lala Go! - A Vapid Sex and the City in China". South China Morning Post. Retrieved February 16, 2022.
  22. ^ Kawaguchi, Judit (January 29, 2008). "Patricia Field". The Japan Times. Retrieved February 16, 2022.
  23. ^ "Patricia Field on Disco, Divas, and the Art of Styling a Star". Vice. August 5, 2013. Retrieved February 16, 2022.
  24. ^ Happy Clothes: A Film About Patricia Field (2023) - IMDb, retrieved February 23, 2024
  25. ^ "Happy Clothes: A Film About Patricia Field | 2023 Tribeca Festival". Tribeca. Retrieved February 25, 2024.
  26. ^ Bendix, Trish (August 12, 2008). "Lesbian Chic". AfterEllen.com. Archived from the original on August 12, 2011.
  27. ^ Cantor, Danielle (Spring 2004). "Successful Women: Rebecca Weinberg". Jewish Woman. Archived from the original on April 26, 2009.
  28. ^ "John Galliano suspended by Dior following arrest over 'anti-semitic rant'". The Daily Telegraph. London. February 25, 2011. Archived from the original on March 1, 2011.
  29. ^ Feitelberg, Rosemary (March 1, 2011). "Patricia Field Defends John Galliano". WWD. Retrieved March 2, 2011.
  30. ^ "Costume Designers Are the True Red Carpet Rebels of the Oscars". Vogue. April 5, 2021. Retrieved February 16, 2022.
  31. ^ Roe, Louise (January 12, 2007). "Will The Devil Get A BAFTA?". British Vogue. Condé Nast. Retrieved February 16, 2022.
  32. ^ Lopez, Lindsay (2015). "The CDG Awards Statuette". Costume Designers Guild. Archived from the original on March 16, 2015. Retrieved June 20, 2015.
  33. ^ Mack, Grace. "FashFilmFete festival to celebrate iconic costume designers, fashion in film". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved October 21, 2023.

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