Imagine an opening credits of Sex and the City without our heroine Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) wearing a tasteful tutu and getting splashed by a bus?
(Of course, I was always asking: "Who is the hot guy in the black shirt in the background?")
It turns out there is a never-before-seen alternate opening sequence with "Carrie" wearing a lovely (boring) blue dress walking down the street, and no splash.
“There were two wardrobes. One was the tutu, and we did one pass where Sarah Jessica was wearing a blue dress and didn’t get splashed; instead, she trips when she sees the ad,” creator Darren Star recalls to EW of filming in March 1998 on Fifth Avenue near Manhattan’s Plaza Hotel. “In my mind, it was a nod to The Dick Van Dyke Show, but we didn’t use it. It’s in the archives.” Nearly 20 years since SATC debuted, Parker, Star, and costume designer Patricia Field recall the opening that could have been.
Field found the now iconic tutu, featured in the title sequence as we know it, in a $5 bin on a showroom floor and re-created four versions of it. “It was very difficult for the producers to understand the tutu,” says Field. “Sarah Jessica and I were fighting for it, and Darren said, ‘Okay, but I want other outfits as possibilities.'” Looking back, Star can’t imagine a tutu-less Carrie — and frankly, neither can we. “It was such a brilliant choice because, in a way, Carrie’s dancing through her life in New York,” he says.
Here's the footage (there's no sound, so don't turn up your volume):
And, of course, here's the original we all came to know and love for 6 seasons: