The Instagram archiving every outfit on Sex and the City

Diamanté Dior headscarves, slutty gingham and conceptual belts: @everyoutfitonsatc is your new must-follow and the @dazedfashion account of the week

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Few television shows have been as iconic in the fashion stakes as Sex and the City. OK, so its shoe-obsessed, man-crazy, white girl protagonists might not quite hold up under a post-Tumblr lens, but when it comes to the clothes, it’s sartorial escapism at its finest. Now, new Instagram @everyoutfitonsatc has been made to celebrate the show’s outfits – in all their over the top, outrageously expensive glory. Run by Chelsea Fairless, a designer at Female Trouble, and writer and director Lauren Garroni of film company the breathless, the account chronicles the character’s wardrobes – from Samantha’s Galliano-era Dior chemo headscarf to Miranda’s brilliant Jil Sander-esque minimalism.

Why did you start this account?

Chelsea Fairless: We knew that it was something that people would want. Plus it gives us an opportunity to re-purpose all of that late 90s and early 00s fashion knowledge that we currently have no use for. 

Lauren Garroni: Yes, Chelsea and I are frustrated fashion critics born 15 years too late. At first, we thought of doing it as a website, but then we realised it’s 2016, not 2008, and something like this is made for Instagram. 

How did SATC play a role in your lives, whether in terms of forming an understanding about sex or life in NY?

Chelsea Fairless: Thankfully I can’t say that I learned anything about sex from that show. And it certainly gave me unrealistic expectations about Manhattan real estate. But it definitely reinforced my love of fashion as a teenager. Because I lived in a rural area at that time, I only ever saw designer clothes in magazines. So it was exciting to see that Balenciaga chainmail shirt or whatever on a living, breathing person. 

Lauren Garroni: Sex and the City really embodies this lovely post-Clinton, pre-recession materialistic sweet spot in the early aughts. Pure fantasy. As someone who grew with a compulsive love of runway fashion, it was my first time seeing not only the possession of high fashion, but having an encyclopaedic knowledge of it revered. I definitely had an understanding that the life portrayed in the show was nothing like actual life in NY, but you kind of hope maybe it is just a little. It’s not, by the way. 

What are your personal favourite outfit moments?

Chelsea Fairless: All of Samantha’s chemotherapy looks, the headscarves were great. And I loved those archive Mugler pieces that Pat Field put her in for the first movie. 

Lauren Garroni: Season four is sort of the tipping point where the outfits go from magical realism to straight up costumes. Having said that, I do love in the episode “Defining Moments” when Carrie wears that overcoat/dress from Stella McCartney’s iconic “Wild Horses” Chloé collection with a huge tulle petticoat underneath and flesh coloured bra.

Which woman do you find yourself most affiliated with? Whose style do you like best?

Lauren Garroni: I don’t think anyone is one character, at least I hope not. Chelsea and I have this thing where you’re one character with another rising. Like I would say I’m a Miranda with a Carrie rising. I think an important step into adulthood is realising Miranda is not only the most realistic character, but maybe the best. And I’ve been known to wear a beret non-ironically, so a little Carrie peeks through from time to time. 

Chelsea Fairless: I’m a Miranda with a Samantha rising. But style-wise, I guess I like Carrie best because of the sheer entertainment value. 

Sex and the City really embodies this lovely post-Clinton, pre-recession materialistic sweet spot in the early aughts. Pure fantasy” – Lauren Garroni

What’s your favourite episode?

Chelsea Fairless: The two episodes where they go to LA in season three. Samantha buys a fake Fendi baguette, they go to the Playboy mansion, Carrie Fisher has a cameo... there is just so much going on. 

Lauren Garroni: The one where Miranda mother’s dies. “My Motherboard, My Self”. It’s one of the few times shit truly gets real. It’s not the greatest fashion episode, although Carrie’s funeral shawl is great, but it’s emotionally perfect.

Why do you think SATC has had such a lasting impact?

Chelsea Fairless: Ultimately I think that people strongly identify with the characters and their struggles. But the show has also gotten better with age, the camp value is off-the-charts now. 

Lauren Garroni: Ha! I would say the show hasn’t gotten better with age, but for the same reason. It’s a wonderful document of camp watching it with 2016 eyes. I think the show still resonates because it portrayed women who were successful and powerful and not ashamed of it. 

What would you change about the show if you were to direct it today?

Chelsea Fairless: I would make Miranda a lesbian. If that show was made today they would have definitely written her that way. And it would explain so much, like all those hairstyles from the first couple of seasons. I also would make Carrie's sexuality a little less basic. She’s a sex columnist, she should be more evolved and Dan Savage-esque. 

Lauren Garroni: Ditto with what Chelsea said, but I would for sure cast some WOC. Get like Tessa Thompson and/or Constance Wu to break up all that beige. Also the lines of comedy and drama are so blurred on TV now, Carrie would go to much darker places. I could see a storyline where she develops a whole other writing persona for some aberrant sex scene she falls into. But in reality, if the show existed today Carrie would be a style blogger. Le sigh.

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