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When Carrie Bradshaw was introduced into our lives almost 20 years ago, she brought three friends and modern take on sex with her. Over the course of six seasons we followed the ups and downs of Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda, with each episode unfailingly introduced by Carrie Bradshaw being splashed while dressed in her iconic tutu.

But as well-known as Carrie's outfit in the Sex and the City opening credits were, with the main character dressed in a pink top and blush tutu, as it turns out it was almost veto'd completely!

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Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the series creator Darren Starr recalled filming two different opening sequences back in March 1998, with two different outfits and Carrie enduring slightly different obstacles:

"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. In my mind, it was a nod to The Dick Van Dyke show, but we didn’t use it. It’s in the archives."

But although the alternative opening has been stuck in the archives for the last 19 years, now the archives have been opened! Behold the alternative outfit in the alternative (silent) opening for Sex and the City:

I mean, it's great but it's no splashy pink tutu, am I right?

While the opening sequence ultimately included Carrie in the tutu, costume designer Patricia Field recalls that it wasn't initially a popular choice with just Field and Sarah Jessica Parker rooting for the outfit.

"It was very difficult for the producers to understand the tutu. Sarah Jessica and I were fighting for it, and Darren said, 'Okay, but I want other outfits as possibilities.'"

And although he wasn't sold on the tutu at first, 19 years later he sees the genius in the outfit. "It was such a brilliant choice because, in a way, Carrie’s dancing through her life in New York."


Which intro did you prefer?

Source: Entertainment Weekly


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