This Vivienne Westwood Dress Just Revamped the Entire ‘Sex and the City’ Reboot
Healing in Vivienne Westwood at the MET Gala? Iconic.
In the first Sex and the City movie, Carrie Bradshaw’s (played by Sarah Jessica Parker) then-fiance Big (played by Chris Noth) left her at the altar — in a stunning Vivienne Westwood dress. Late last year, Parker was seen filming in that same dress, causing people to wonder whether she would wed finally wed Aidan (played by John Corbett) this season. However, the season premiere of And Just Like That… revealed a new fate.
After Big died in Season 1 of the reboot, Carrie returns in Season 2 with her dress but this time, for the iconic MET Gala. But instead of harping on Big leaving Carrie as a widow, the dress is used to help Carrie transition into her new era.
“I may have something,” Carrie says in the season premiere. “I’ve only worn it once. It’s not the best memory,” she says as she opts for her old wedding dress, considering her original MET gown could not be altered in time. For die-hard fans, this moment was a shock.
Whereas Carrie’s character struggled to find a dress, Sarah Jessica Parker and co. struggled behind the scenes, as well. In fact, reviving the dress caused several issues as it simply wasn’t the same anymore. According to SJP, “We weren’t entirely certain that we could get the dress back,” she told PEOPLE. “It was in London and unearthing it was complicated — getting it through customs in time and then making sure was this, in fact, the original dress? The color looked different.” – There’s also the memory of her character fighting Big with a bouquet of flowers after being left at the altar.
However, “unearthing” the complicated dress gave SJP’s character the healing she needed. In the series, her stylist gives the dress new meaning and changes the narrative of who Carrie is now. To revamp the dress and best portray Carrie’s new narrative, the dress was paired with a vibrant blue cape and grandiose opera gloves to match her iconic feather headpiece, exuding the freshness of a new era.
SJP also revealed that behind the scenes, the team knew this was a golden opportunity detailing the process of the revamp. “How would we layer it and give it a new life and have it feel modern and change the poetry that surrounded that dress from a lot of really painful but important memories that I don’t think Carrie really wanted to let go of, especially given this loss?”
Parker closed, “It was very special to have it back in our possession for a brief period and to figure out how it helped tell this story now.”