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Interview With Costume Designer Patricia Field About Confessions of a Shopaholic 2009-02-11 08:00:22

Confessions of a Styleaholic, Part I

Costume designer Patricia Field delivers her style skills in yet another motion picture flick. After the wardrobe in the Sex and the City movie last year, it's safe to say Field left audiences wanting more. In Confessions of a Shopaholic, opening Friday, we'll get to see the fashion redemption of Rebecca Bloomwood and her accompanying wardrobe. Expect to see lots of color, belts, vintage, and smart mismatching. I had the chance to chat with Patricia about the movie, the clothes, and dressing cutie pie comic Isla Fisher.

On the subject of the heroine, when asked at a press junket for the film who her favorite designers are, Isla admitted, "I’d have to say I love Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood, Zac Posen. You know, I tend to go for more classic; I love Prada. I feel very blessed to wear any of those dresses." We can't wait to see what she wears to all the premieres, in the meantime, here's Patricia!

How would you describe Rebecca Bloomwood’s style?

"Rebecca is a shopaholic so her style would be volumes of clothing. A great assortment of clothing. Many colors. It’s a major assortment. I would say it’s eclectic, young, colorful, sexy, outspoken. It’s a bit ostentatious.
She could wear anything, vintage, new."

Would she wear lower-priced fashion brands? Like the Gap or H&M?

"I don’t think she’d wear the Gap. But she would definitely wear H&M."

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Where did you shop for the role?

"I did a lot of shopping for her in Japan, which makes it better."

Why is it better?

"It’s much more evolved. It’s a bigger selection. It’s the Japanese culture to develop and perfect."

I saw a picture where she’s sitting in her closet and she looks sad because she has to clean out.

"The set was so involved with clothing, so many clothing sets. I had one of my assistants deal strictly with the clothing sets. They were gathering the clothing [to be used] for the sets, too."

Does RB have a huge closet then?

"Her room is her closet! Her room where she lives with her girlfriend. She lives in her closet."

What are some of Rebecca’s favorite brands that we see her in in the movie?

"She’s not a label queen. She sees something and loves it and gets it. She shops labels but I can’t say she’s a Prada girl. She has tons of clothes. She sees it and there’s an immediate emotional response. She would be the kind of girl who has 20 pairs of boots in every color and fabric. She’s a shopaholic, she shops every day, she can’t stop shopping. She has a massive amount of wardrobe."






Photos courtesy of Disney

satarah satarah 8 years
I really liked the books, but I'm not so sure about the movie. From the pictures I've seen, I don't think I'll like the fashion choices they made. But I love Isla, so I'll watch it anyway.
lady_jade lady_jade 8 years
I know nothing about the books, but the ads just read as ditsy lady who shops (to me). Maybe I'll check out the books though.
Geminispoppy Geminispoppy 8 years
I really liked the first few books in the series, but I'm kinda nervous about it being set in America. There was just so much of her character that i feel screams British. I'm not sure how its gonna translate.
lizlee89 lizlee89 8 years
I can't wait for this movie - Isla is adorable, Hugh (Dancy) is insanely hot, and the clothes look awesome. Plus I actually liked the book...
cupcake_ cupcake_ 8 years
I cannot wait for this movie!!
Fashion Fashion 8 years
I didn't like the book much either, emalove. Too anxiety ridden! ;)
emalove emalove 8 years
I didn't like the book series very much at all, but I think Isla is sooo cute. I might have to watch it just because of her.
sham28 sham28 8 years
Oh I am SO excited.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i love that PF was involved and did the clothes for this movie. it's something that she's really well known for and w/o her i don't know if we would have really gotten the same sense of fashion and how INTO it that RB was.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
i loved the books more than anything but i'm scared to see this movie...the clothes look sketchy to me (like Fields says, she will wear anything and is eclectic) so it's not as though we're going to be getting beautiful, sophisticated outfits to oggle at. plus, so many aspects have been changed from the book to the movie that i am worried they've ruined it. but don't get me wrong, i'm going to see it anyway!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
No Gap for her! Ha.
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