In a recent Vogue video, actress Sarah Jessica Parker pays tribute to her beloved character Carrie Bradshaw. Among the various signature pieces that Parker’s character wears, there is one particular dress that stands out—a newspaper-print dress. However, this dress is not the original one designed by John Galliano for Dior. Instead, it is a fresh interpretation crafted by the talented emerging designer, Miss Claire Sullivan.
The Collaboration and Inspiration
The creation of the reimagined newspaper dress was a collaborative effort between Sullivan, Vogue stylist Jorden Bickham, and director Bardia Zeinali. The trio aimed to pay homage to the dress Carrie Bradshaw wears in the third season, episode 17 of the original series. Sullivan, being an ardent fan of Carrie Bradshaw, enthusiastically accepted the opportunity to put her spin on the iconic dress.
Designing the Dress
Sullivan examined Parker’s seven American Vogue cover images and cover stories. Working closely with graphic designer Jakob Weinzettel, they transformed these images into a custom-printed silk-crepe fabric. The aim was to create a fabric that emulated the look and feel of a newspaper.
Bringing the Dress to Life
With the fabric printed and ready and Sullivan’s draping expertise at hand, it was time to craft the dress. Layering the fabric over a built-in corset, she aimed to create a structured yet visually captivating look. Once the dress took shape, Sullivan added touches of vibrant black tulle for texture. Drawing inspiration from a vintage Comme des Garçons coat worn by Carrie Bradshaw in the show, she and Jorden Bickham agreed on incorporating a tulle shrug to enhance the overall design.
The Reaction and Fulfillment
Sarah Jessica Parker expressed her deep appreciation and emotional connection to the recreated dress, as it brought together cherished memories from her time portraying Carrie Bradshaw. For Sullivan, creating this couture masterpiece marked one of her most cherished fashion assignments to date. She describes the experience as surreal and professes that it is among her all-time favorite creations.