Happy Clothes: A Film About Patricia Field

Happy Clothes: A Film About Patricia Field

26th TIDF: European Premiere

A candid, fly-on-the-wall glimpse into the creative process and the extraordinary life and career of costume designer Patricia Field (Sex and the CIty, The Devil Wears Prada), whose unique vision has impacted fashion and popular culture for nearly six decades. From the early steps of her career in the 1960s, when she opened a clothing store in New York City as a gay, female, first-generation American, Field proved to be a savvy businesswoman against all odds, and her eponymous store quickly became a must-see destination for travelers from around the world for 50 years. Interweaving footage of the ’Mistress‘ at work, archival material, media clips, and contemporary interviews, this unvarnished portrait explores Patricia Field, the famed costume designer in a surprising fashion, presenting her unconventional approach, her strong work ethic, and her dedication to sharing the wisdom of her hard-won life experience with younger generations. In this era of female empowerment, Field is an exemplar of straight-shooting, no-nonsense candor, and self-reliance that has paved the way for so many to follow.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Michael Selditch
Cinematography: Kristopher Lindenmuth
Editing: Rob Tate
Actors: Patricia Field, Tracy L. Cox, Erica Guzman, Lily Collins, Darren Star, Melissa Meister, Rebecca Weinberg, Richard Alvarez, Molly Rogers, Stephen “Perfidia” Kirkham, David Dalrymple, Kim Cattrall, David Frankel, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michael Urie, Vanessa Williams, Bresha Webb
Production: Dilettante Productions, Zuckerman Entertainment, Maximum Vacuum, Zero Point Zero Production
Producers: Donald Zuckerman, Samuel J. Paul, Michael Selditch
Co-producers: Lydia Tenaglia, Christopher Collins, Eugen Braunig
Executive producer: Luisa Law, Tricia Weber Youssi, Ryan Price, Lori Zuckerman
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: USA
Production Year: 2023
Duration: 100'
Contact: The Film Sales Company
Awards/Distinctions: Best Director, Audience Award (Feature) – DOC LA 2023, Rare Pearl Award – Denver IFF 2023, Audience Award – OUTshine FF 2023, Audience Award – Wicked Queer: The Boston LGBT FF 2023

Michael Selditch


1993 The C Word (short fiction)
1995 Heads or Tails (short fiction)
2002 Fixing Frank (fiction)
2008 Eleven Minutes
2023 Happy Clothes: A Film About Patricia Field