Patricia Field Biography

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Birth Name: Patricia Field
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA

Born and raised in New York City, NY to parents of Greek descent, Field began her career in fashion by opening up her own boutique in Greenwich Village in 1966. A favorite with the evolving local urban fashionistas, Field's boutique became synonymous with New York chic over the years. Taking on the entertainment industry in the 1986, Field applied her unique and versatile sense of style as a costumer on the Michael Mann sixties-era mafia series, "Crime Story" (NBC, 1986-88). Field teamed up with Mann again three years later on the TV movie "L.A. Takedown" (1989). That same year, she was honored with an Emmy Award for Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special for Disney's television feature, "Mother Goose Rock and Rhyme" (1989). The eclectic designer went on to style other projects, including the television series "Wiseguy" (CBS, 1987-1990) and the films "Miami Rhapsody" (1995) (where Field first met and befriended actress Sarah Jessica Parker) and "The Substitute" (1996) with Tom Berenger. Field also worked as costume designer for the sitcom, "Spin City" (ABC, 1996-2002).

Launching her own line of clothing in 1995, Field enlisted the help of designer David Dalrymple in creating the clothing line, House of Field. With her expanding resume and clientele, Field opened a second boutique in New York's trendy SoHo district in 1996 named Hotel Venus. Working once again with style-setting friend Parker in 1998, Field re-invented New York chic on the hit HBO series, "Sex and the City." Creating a unique style for Parker's trend-setting, Manolo Blahnik-addicted character, Carrie Bradshaw, Field became one of the industry's most notable costumers. Field's work on the series earned her four Costume Designers Guild Awards for Excellence in Costume Design for Television, and in 2002, Field won her second Emmy Award for Outstanding Costumes for a Series.

Next, Field applied her style know-how to the sitcom, "Hope and Faith" (ABC, 2003-06) and appeared as a guest judge on the reality series "Project Runway" (Bravo, 2004- ). In 2006, Field took on the daunting role of costume designer for the fashion-themed comedy, "The Devil Wears Prada." Loosely based on Vogue magazine's real-life editor, Anna Wintour, Field had to work around a number of apprehensive designers who were wary of the politics of the fashion world - i.e., ticking off Wintour. Steering clear of comparisons between Wintour and Meryl Streep's character, Miranda Priestly, Field dressed the actress primarily in Bill Blass and, not surprisingly, Prada, while dressing Anne Hathaway in designers such as Dolce & Gabbana and Chanel. Taking on similar themes on the small screen, Field took on the role of designer for the fashion magazine-set series, "Ugly Betty" (ABC, 2006- ). Also that year, Field opened 302 Bowery, a two-level boutique featuring Field's unique sense of style, as well as a full service salon.