Sarah Jessica Parker casually revealed that she’s been keeping every piece of wardrobe, every prop, and every set dressing from Sex and the City in her storage unit for the last 16-odd years.
The actress, who is currently filming the next installment of the SATC franchise, a 10-episode sequel series called And Just Like That…, divulged in a cover interview for Vogue’s December issue that she has so much show memorabilia saved she could start her own museum. “I had all of the original stuff in my own storage. Furniture, clothes, everything, packed according to season and episode and scene. I kept every single solitary thing,” Parker said. She then takes the story’s author through her character Carrie Bradshaw’s walk-in closet filled with her original wardrobe from the show. She pulls out the pair of tiny bedazzled Dolce & Gabbana hot pants she wore on the runway in season four, the white denim cutoffs she wore to smoke a bong and the fur coat she donned while briefly dating a politician, both from season three, and her enormous high-end designer shoe collection, of course. “Here are the [Manolo Blahnik] Hangisis Big gave Carrie when he proposed; the sandals Aidan’s dog chewed on; the black pumps she wore to the Vogue fashion closet,” Parker rattles off while digging through the closet.
She says that the apartment and all this stuff are also very symbolic for her character, as one of the central issues addressed in this new installment is why Carrie can’t seem to let go of the past and move forward with her life. Parker says, “One of the questions that’s going to come up in And Just Like That… will be, what is it about a place like this that you need to hold on to for all these years? Why can’t you just let it go?” This inability to let go is also a question the actress says she and SATC writer Michael Patrick King kept coming back to when discussing why the show still has such a hold over the public’s imagination at the beginning of the pandemic. While sitting in one of Carrie’s old chairs now installed in her home’s living room, Parker tells the magazine, “In the spring of 2020, I was talking with Michael Patrick about doing a podcast about the behind-the-scenes making of Sex and the City. And we spoke about what we were missing in the pandemic: joy, community, the experience of being together. The world of Carrie and her friends has always been about coming home, and I felt like we needed that right now. Sex and the City has always been about the friendships that sustain you. That, and the promise and potential this city holds.”
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