She carved a place in history as the award-winning costume designer of long- running television show Sex and the City, which made a style icon out of Sarah Jessica Parker and created a worldwide fashion movement around the idea of "individual" dressing.

And now flame-haired New York stylist Patricia Field is in Perth for the first time toting some of the HBO series' and two subsequent films' most memorable looks, from studded dresses to embellished frocks and one famous Vivienne Westwood wedding gown.

City slickers: Costume designer Patricia Field with models Amy, Chelsea, Bronx and Sarah. Picture: Iain Gillespie/The West Australian

Twenty-four costumes from designers including Chanel, Versace and Yves Saint Laurent have been selected by Field for Style and the City, a capsule exhibition highlighting the franchise's 10-year fashion evolution.

It will be on show throughout city destinations enex100 and Forrest Chase from Friday.

Flanked by four local models dressed in some of the outfits, the 73-year-old said she hoped Sex and the City had inspired women around the globe to develop their own sense of personal style.

"They say Sex and the City kind of changed the way women dress and it gave them a wider scope," Field said.

"That's great if it did that."

Not only does Field still consider the cast of Parker, who starred as Carrie Bradshaw, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis as "family", she also views the costumes as her "children" and could not pick a favourite from the exhibition.

Style and the City will kick off at enex100 and Forrest Chase with a special one-day shopping event on Friday.


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