Interview With Costume Designer Patricia Field About Confessions of a Shopaholic

Confessions of a Styleaholic, Part II

You ready for more? I've already heard accolades about Confessions of a Shopaholic — out this Friday. I hope you read the first part of my interview with costume designer Patricia Field, and here's more!


Before we begin, want to know how Isla felt about working with the flame-haired stylist? At a press conference she dished: "Patricia was extremely collaborative, and I only had one request, which was that I wanted Becky to wear extremely high heels so she could totter. I think there’s nothing funnier than a comedic character tottering and the impracticality of wearing something that clearly doesn’t fit her and is uncomfortable but she’s a shopaholic so she has to have it. And Patricia really is so creative, and she clearly knows what she’s talking about. She’s extremely experienced. So I, I kind of let go and let her guide me, and I really enjoyed the process. At the beginning I couldn’t believe we were spending 40 minutes discussing a belt. I was so frustrated. But halfway through I just felt like I began to understand that there really is sort of a science to it. It is this incredible world of people trying really hard." Read on for more juice about the styling of the movie, Patricia on Isla, and some of the best quotes yet . . .

What are Rebecca Bloomwood’s favorite stores to shop at?

"The designer stores but also downtown in small vintage shops. Uptown, downtown. She shops everywhere. She goes to the airport and shops in the duty-free. Every opportunity she gets."

What was it like working with Isla?

"Isla was fun because she got it and she likes clothes. She looks good in clothes; she got it intellectually. She understood it; she was great to work with. I can’t do it unless we understand each other. It’s definitely a dance. With Isla it was immediate. She was very involved. That’s very important for me. I’m dressing a person, not a mannequin."

To read the rest and to see more fun pics from the film, read more.

She’s very tiny, she has long red hair — did you take that into consideration?

"I think redheads can wear any color."

What’s your advice to redheads who think they’re limited?

"Their limitation is in their own mind and my advice is to think of their red hair as a strawberry in a bowl of fruit. Blueberries, strawberries, oranges, apples, they’re all shades of reds and oranges. Does that bowl of fruit not look great together?"

What is your advice for shopaholics out there?

"Find a rich husband."

Can anyone be cured?

"I don’t think it’s an affliction as long as you can handle it. As long as you can handle it, do whatever makes you happy. Be responsible for what you’re doing and have a good time. Rebecca works it out in the end."

If you are a shopaholic and you’re trying to take a break (ahem), what are some key items you should have in your wardrobe? What can make someone feel like they’re always stylish?

"Have classics and buy new accessories. It’s with your accessories you can make a new look."

Was this wardrobe bigger than the SATC movie?

"I don’t think so. All the movies I do are voluminous. That’s my specialty: Volume fashion. Fashion by the tons."





Photos courtesy of Disney

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