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Ready to Wear (1994)
"Prêt-à-Porter" (original title)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  25 December 1994 (USA)
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A chronicle of the interconnected lives of a group of people in the lead up to Paris Fashion Week.


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Olivier de la Fontaine
Sophie Choiset
Milo O'Brannigan
Simone Lowenthal (as Anouk Aimee)
Jack Lowenthal
Pilar (as Rossy De Palma)
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A fashion show in Paris draws the usual bunch of people; designers, reporters, models, magazine editors, photographers. Lots of unconnected stories which all revolve around this show, and an all-star cast. Written by Rob Hartill

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Some things never go out of style. See more »


Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language and nudity | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

25 December 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ready to Wear  »

Box Office


£1,120,302 (UK) (17 March 1995)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Karl Lagerfeld successfully blocked the film's release in Germany by launching a lawsuit against the makers over a line spoken by Forest Whitaker's character calling Lagerfeld a thief. In the end, the film was released with the word "thief" masked by a beep. See more »


In the hotel room, Anne Eisenhower lifts a glass of wine from Joe Flynn's dining cart with her left hand and takes a drink. Joe makes a comment and it can be seen that Anne's left arm is up to her face (she is visible from the chest down), but when we cut back to Anne the glass is in her right hand as she puts it down. See more »


[first lines]
[subtitled version - opening lines are in French, the English subtitles are a very rough translation]
Olivier de la Fontaine: [opening letter] Moscow? What's this about? Put that on the desk. Dear Mr. de la Fontaine: blah, blah, blah, blah... blah, blah, blah, blah...
Isabella de la Fontaine: [to dog] Robin. Robin. I told you not to! It's dirty. You shouldn't do that. Not in the house.
[to Olivier de la Fontaine]
Isabella de la Fontaine: You're a shit.
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Crazy Credits

The film's opening scene where Mastroianni buys the 2 Dior ties is set in Moscow's Red Square and the first 2 lines of credits (a Miramax production and a Robert Altman film) appear solely in Cyrillic characters See more »


References The Hunger (1983) See more »


Written by Donald Byrd (as Donaldson Byrd)
Performed by Donald Byrd
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Not classic Altman, but solid Altman
6 May 2006 | by (brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews

There's one thing in this film that I love in a very film nerdish sort of way and that is Danny Aiello's character, which is, in a strange way, a homage to an earlier character in Altman's California Split (a film well worth revisiting). And while some of the characters may seem over the top, my own experience in the fashion world would attest to them being pretty realistic. While it feels as fragmented as any Altman, there is a story here, and it's a pretty subtle one, but perfectly satisfactory in my opinion. I think the film, overall, is woefully under-rated. I feel like everyone got caught up in the idea of "ALTMAN" and then got confused by "THE STARS" and then didn't really bother to look at the movie, which has some lovely grace and is well worth the time. Then again, why listen to me, I liked Ishtar.

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