The opening sequence for Sex and the City is iconic, mostly because of the tutu Sarah Jessica Parker wears as Carrie Bradshaw. It was the first thing we ever saw Bradshaw in, and the image played to the fantasy of playing dress up in her own playground of New York City. However, the creators open up to Entertainment Weekly that it almost never happened.
“There were two wardrobes. One was the tutu, and we did one pass where Sarah Jessica was wearing a blue dress and didn’t get splashed; instead, she trips when she sees the ad,” creator Darren Star recalls to EW. “In my mind, it was a nod to The Dick Van Dyke show, but we didn’t use it. It’s in the archives.”
“It was very difficult for the producers to understand the tutu,” says costume designer Patricia Field. “Sarah Jessica and I were fighting for it, and Darren said, ‘Okay, but I want other outfits as possibilities.’”
Now, Star can’t imagine a tutu-less Carrie. “It was such a brilliant choice because, in a way, Carrie’s dancing through her life in New York,” he says.
Rumors have been circulating for sometime now that a third Sex and the City film could be in the works but not official announcement has been made.
Parker addressed the rumors most recently in February at New York Fashion Week. “It’s in a warming drawer. It’s never been a ‘no’ … it’s always been an if and when,” she said. “And that remains the question being asked by two very thoughtful people who are taking into very serious consideration those people who devoted a lot of time. We’re not cavalier about the way we arrive at that decision.”
What does Parker have to say about her tutu in the opening?
“I felt like I was pushing doing something I shouldn’t be doing,” she says. “Like, don’t put that on, you know? It was on very quick, and then it was off.”