Patricia Field (Courtesy Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
Patricia Field (born February 12, 1941) is an American costume designer, stylist and fashion designer.
Life and career
Field was born in 1941 in New York City to a Greek father and an Armenian mother, who emigrated from Plomari, Lesbos, Greece. She was raised in Astoria, Queens and has claimed credit for inventing the modern legging for women's fashion in the 1970s. She is the owner of the eponymous boutique Patricia Field.
Field met Sarah Jessica Parker during the filming of 1995's Miami Rhapsody. The actress became so enchanted with Field's collections that they became friends and continued working with her on the series Sex and the City. Before beginning the first season of the Sex and the City television series on HBO, Parker asked to have Field design some of the clothes that her character, Carrie Bradshaw, would wear. During Field's tenure as costume designer on Sex and the City, the show became famous for the fashions showcased. 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 Reel Time Film Festival. She went on to return as Costume Designer for Sex and the City: the Movie (2008) and the sequel Sex and the City 2 (2010). She worked in the Asian market by creating the fashion behind the Chinese feature film "??????" (Go Lala Go) (2010). Her most recent project is Taiwanese television series, The Material Queen.
Field has been in constant demand by some high society clientele ever since, and some of her designs have become well-known. Her television credits include Hope & Faith and Ugly Betty. She served as costume designer for the feature film The Devil Wears Prada, for which she was nominated for an Oscar for Best Costume Design, although in an extensive interview included as a bonus feature on the film's DVD release, she admits she dressed the cast by gathering garments from other designers' ready-to-wear collections rather than creating them herself.
Field, who is openly lesbian, was for many years romantically committed to costume designer Rebecca Weinberg (Field), with whom she has partnered on Sex & the City and Spin City.
Field also appeared as the first guest judge during the first season of the Bravo reality television series Project Runway. Her eponymous boutique was featured in a 2007 episode of Kathy Griffin's reality show My Life on the D-List, as well as on a 2008 episode of Paris Hilton's My New BFF.
She designed the outfits in Namie Amuro's music videos 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 for Stin Pyra and Alitissa Psihi from her album Apagorevmeno.
In 2011, she designed all or most of the outfits for the characters in a Taiwan drama called Material Queen. She also played as herself in the drama to save Chao Nan Market from crisis.
John Galliano controversy
On 25 February 2011, Dior announced that it had suspended its head designer John Galliano following his arrest over an alleged anti-semitic assault in a Paris bar. The next day, The Sun published a video on their website, in which Galliano hurls anti-semitic insults at a group of Italian women and declares "I love Hitler... People like you would be dead. Your mothers, your forefathers would all be fucking gassed." In a statement, Natalie Portman, an Oscar-winning American actress who is Jewish and whose great-grandparents died in Auschwitz expressed "disgust" at John Galliano's comments. This sentiment was shared by most people in the fashion and entertainment industry, but not by Field, who went all out defending Galliano by sending an email blast to 500 friends, blogs and media. She dismissed Galliano's statements as "theater" and later, in a phone interview with WWD described Galliano"s videotaped behavior as "farce" and said she was bewildered that people in the fashion community have not recognized it as such. "It's theater," she said. "It's farce. But people in fashion don't recognize the farce in it. All of a sudden they don"t know him. But it"s OK when it"s Mel Brooks' The Producers singing "Springtime for Hitler"."