When costume designer Eric Daman was tasked with outfitting the titular character in the new show The Carrie Diaries - a prequel to the oh-so-fashionable Sex and the City series set in the ’80s - where did he go for inspiration? The Library! As reported by The Cut:
To achieve an authentic throwback look, Daman dusted off his own high-school yearbook, and pored over hundreds of archived patterns from McCalls and Vogue, to old Sears catalogues and vintage GQ ads at the New York Public Library.
We’re so glad Eric found what he was looking for here at the Library, but as Carrie Bradshaw would say, we couldn’t help but wonder…Did Eric’s romance with research blossom in the DeWitt Wallace Periodical Room as he looked through copies of magazines like Vogue and GQ and archives on microfilm? Or was it the Mid-Manhattan Library’s Picture Collection, filled with advertisements, fashion drawings and more?
Do some fashion research of your own this weekend, and remember the fabulous fashions of the 1980s and the 1880s. Or maybe it’s time to re-watch the Sex and the City movie and see Carrie (almost) walk down the aisle at a very lovely building you might just recognize.