The Little House That Could

Expected to attend: director Mars Roberge.

Patricia Field’s six seasons as costume designer on Sex and the City earned her several Emmys and widespread acclaim in the fashion industry, and the distinction—which she only grudgingly acknowledges—of setting sartorial trends ranging from rosettes to nameplate necklaces. But this flamboyant tribute to Field focuses instead on the relationships she cultivated with the people she employed, collaborated with, and mentored at her iconoclastic boutique The House of Field in downtown NYC. Field served as a den mother to a sprawling community of queer and trans artists, performers, and club kids throughout much of the ’80s and ’90s. In a series of interviews, dozens of members of this generation offer testimonials to the designer’s influence on their lives and on American culture at large. Basquiat, Warhol, Bowie, Haring, Boy George, Bette Midler, Lady Bunny, Kenny Kenny, Juliette Lewis—who hasn’t passed through Field’s world? Coupled with appearances by icons such as Amanda Lepore and World Famous Bob, as well as archival footage of drag balls and reminiscences from the chain-smoking Field herself, the film is a testament to a time, a place, a community, and one woman’s influence on it all.

— MICHAEL J. LOPRESTI

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