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Ready to Wear (1994) More at IMDbPro »Prêt-à-Porter (original title)

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Ready to Wear -- A glittering Hollywood all-star cast shines in Robert Altman's deliciously sexy comedy hit Ready To Wear! At the world's hottest fashion show, there's been a murder. Now, everybody's a suspect - including two guests who end up sharing much more than a hotel room! Add to the fun a hilariously inept TV reporter on the trail of her most shocking interview yet!
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Writers (WGA):
Robert Altman (written by) &
Barbara Shulgasser (written by)
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Release Date:
25 December 1994 (USA) See more »
Sex. Greed. Murder. See more »
A chronicle of the interconnected lives of a group of people in the lead up to Paris Fashion Week. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins See more »
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Witty, scathing, and a delight! See more (55 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Marcello Mastroianni ... Sergei (Sergio)

Sophia Loren ... Isabella de la Fontaine

Jean-Pierre Cassel ... Olivier de la Fontaine

Kim Basinger ... Kitty Potter

Chiara Mastroianni ... Sophie Choiset

Stephen Rea ... Milo O'Brannigan

Anouk Aimée ... Simone Lowenthal (as Anouk Aimee)

Rupert Everett ... Jack Lowenthal

Rossy de Palma ... Pilar (as Rossy De Palma)
Tara Leon ... Kiki Simpson

Georgianna Robertson ... Dane Simpson

Lili Taylor ... Fiona Ulrich

Ute Lemper ... Albertine

Forest Whitaker ... Cy Bianco
Tom Novembre ... Reggie

Richard E. Grant ... Cort Romney
Anne Canovas ... Violetta Romney

Julia Roberts ... Anne Eisenhower

Tim Robbins ... Joe Flynn

Lauren Bacall ... Slim Chrysler

Lyle Lovett ... Clint Lammeraux

Tracey Ullman ... Nina Scant

Sally Kellerman ... Sissy Wanamaker

Linda Hunt ... Regina Krumm

Teri Garr ... Louise Hamilton

Danny Aiello ... Major Hamilton

Jean Rochefort ... Inspector Tantpis
Michel Blanc ... Inspector Forget

François Cluzet ... Nina's Assistant

Katarzyna Figura ... Sissy's Assistant (as Kasia Figura)

Sam Robards ... Regina's Assistant
Tapa Sudana ... Ketut
Laura Benson ... Milo's Entourage
Laurent Lederer ... Milo's Entourage
Constant Anee ... Milo's Entourage
Yann Collette ... Coroner

Alexandra Vandernoot ... Sky TV Reporter
Jocelyne Saint-Denis ... Hotel Manager (as Jocelyne Saint Denis)

André Penvern ... Hotel Clerk
Maurice Lamy ... Bell Boy
Pascal Mourier ... Fad TV Cameraman
Adrien Stahly ... Fad TV Sound Engineer
Denis Lepeut ... Fad TV Sound Engineer

Harry Belafonte ... Himself
Paolo Bulgari ... Himself
Anello Capuano ... Himself

Cher ... Herself

Helena Christensen ... Herself
Gamiliana ... Herself
Elsa Klensch ... Herself
Serge Molitor ... Himself
Claude Montana ... Himself
Thierry Mugler ... Himself

Tatjana Patitz ... Herself
Sonia Rykiel ... Herself - Designer Featured with Her Collection
Eve Salvail ... Herself
Nicola Trussardi ... Himself

Jean-Paul Gaultier ... Himself - Designer Featured with His Collection
Christian Lacroix ... Himself - Designer Featured with His Collection
Issey Miyake ... Himself - Designer Featured with His Collection
Gianfranco Ferré ... Himself - Designer Featured with His Collection, for Christian Dior
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Susie Bick ... Herself (uncredited)

Björk ... Model (uncredited)

Carla Bruni ... Herself (uncredited)

Naomi Campbell ... Herself (uncredited)

Greta Cavazzoni ... Model (uncredited)

David Copperfield ... Himself (uncredited)

Linda Evangelista ... Herself (uncredited)
Kristen Fick ... Model (uncredited)
Yvette Horner ... Herself (uncredited)

Adriana Karembeu ... Herself (uncredited)
Laurent Lambert ... Security Guard (uncredited)

Claudia Schiffer ... Herself (uncredited)
Stephanie Slama ... Swiss Journalist (uncredited)

Christy Turlington ... Herself (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Altman 
Writing credits
Robert Altman (written by) &
Barbara Shulgasser (written by)

Produced by
Robert Altman .... producer
Scott Bushnell .... co-producer
Ian Jessel .... executive producer
Jon Kilik .... co-producer
Brian D. Leitch .... associate producer
Angelo Pastore .... executive producer: Moscow
Bob Weinstein .... executive producer
Harvey Weinstein .... executive producer
Original Music by
Michel Legrand 
Cinematography by
Jean Lépine (director of photography)
Pierre Mignot (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Suzy Elmiger 
Geraldine Peroni 
Production Design by
Stephen Altman 
Art Direction by
William Abello 
Set Decoration by
Françoise Dupertuis 
Costume Design by
Catherine Leterrier 
Makeup Department
Loli Avellanas .... hair stylist (as Lolita Avellanas)
Jean-Charles Bachelier .... hair stylist
Jacques Clemente .... key makeup artist
Christophe Danchaud .... makeup artist
Paul de Fisser .... key hair stylist
Jack Freeman .... makeup artist
Judith Gayo .... key makeup artist
Mirella Ginnoto .... hair stylist (as Mirella Ginotto)
Constance Hartnett .... hair stylist
Maury Hopson .... hair stylist
Franck Mendoche .... hair stylist
Jean-Christophe Roger .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Daniel Wuhrmann .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jérôme Enrico .... first assistant director (as Jerome Enrico)
Olivier Greco .... second assistant director
Emmanuel Hamon .... second assistant director
Jean-Marc Joly .... second assistant director
Philippe Landoulsi .... first assistant director
Allan F. Nicholls .... second unit film & tv director (as Allan Nicholls)
Art Department
Denis Besse .... carpenter
Emmanuel Beth .... swing gang
François Borgeaud .... assistant property master
Thierry Brahiti .... swing gang
Olivier Breban .... draper (as Olivier Brebant)
Jean Canovas .... set designer
Pierre-Emmanuel Chatiliez .... scenic painter (as Pierre Chatiliez)
Evelyne Chevallier .... art department coordinator
Pascal Declercq .... property master
Emmanuel Delechenault .... swing gang
Frédéric DeVilliers .... draper (as Frédéric Deviliers)
Jean Claude Etienne .... assistant art director
Eric Galvan .... swing gang
José Jean-Louis .... swing gang
Paul Le Saint .... construction
Yves Libault .... construction
Christopher Lomax .... scenic painter
Claude Lugez .... swing gang
Michel Paris .... assistant set decorator
Régis Petitrenaud .... carpenter
Christian Portal .... property master (as Christian 'Coyotte' Portal)
David Ronan .... on-set dresser
Christophe Sartori .... buyer
Vincent Sentis .... construction coordinator
Catherine Thierry .... scenic painter
Sound Department
Samuel Cohen .... boom operator
Bertrand Come .... sound assistant
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist (as Marko Costanza)
Alain Curvelier .... production sound mixer
Lee Dichter .... sound re-recording mixer
Francis Dumaurier .... foley artist
Chris Fielder .... assistant sound editor
Eugene Gearty .... sound effects editor
Frank Kern .... foley editor
Skip Lievsay .... supervising sound editor
Eliza Paley .... dialogue editor
Glenfield Payne .... assistant sound editor
Bruce Pross .... foley supervisor
Fred Rosenberg .... dialogue editor
Philip Stockton .... dialogue supervisor
Brigitte Taillandier .... sound assistant
Steven Visscher .... foley editor (as Steve Visscher)
Paul Germann .... adr editor (uncredited)
Rémy Julienne .... stunts (as Remy Julienne)
Rémi Canaple .... stunts (uncredited)
Patrick Cauderlier .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Patrick Cauderlier .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Touffik Chih .... grip
Stéphane Cry .... electrician
Pascal Delaunay .... grip
Christian Fournié .... first assistant camera
Charlie Freess .... key grip (as Charles Freess)
Jean-Yves Freess .... grip
Jean-Michel Gageat .... genny operator
Etienne George .... still photographer
Michel Gonckel .... gaffer: second unit
Rodolphe Gonckel .... electrician: second unit
Guy Guermouth .... genny operator: second unit
Thierry Laidet .... electrician
Michel LeFrançois .... key gaffer
Benjamin Moreau .... grip
Philippe Peyraud .... electrician
Philippe Ramdane .... second assistant camera
Cornelius Schultze-Kraft .... assistant: video unit (as Cornelius Schulze-Kraft)
Martial Segui .... electrician: second unit
Nicolas Sommermeyer .... grip
Jacques Stricanne .... grip
David Ungaro .... second assistant camera
Michel Védié .... electrician: second unit (as Michel Védie)
William Watterlot .... first assistant camera
Anne Marie Fox .... still photographer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Alberte Garo .... extras casting
Guylène Péan .... casting: France (as Guylene Pean)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Angela Anzimani .... wardrobe assistant (as Angela Azimani)
Olivier Bériot .... wardrobe supervisor (as Olivier Beriot)
Ann Dunsford .... wardrobe mistress (as Anne Dunsford-Varenne)
Christine Jolimoy .... fashion coordinator
Karen Muller Serreau .... wardrobe mistress
Maya Rodrigues .... seamstress
Pascale Stelzer .... wardrobe assistant
Khadija Zeggaï .... wardrobe mistress
Editorial Department
Lizi Gelber .... first assistant editor (as Lizabeth Gelber)
Mark Ginsberg .... color timer
Agnes Grandits .... assistant editor (as Agnes Challe-Grandits)
Claire Guevel .... assistant editor
Mario Ontal .... apprentice editor
Dylan Tichenor .... first assistant editor
Joe Violante .... coordinator: Technicolor
Tom San Martin .... negative cutter (uncredited)
Arnold Shuster .... negative matcher (uncredited)
Patricia Sztaba .... negative matcher (uncredited)
Stan Sztaba .... negative matcher (uncredited)
Music Department
Maurice Cevrero .... music preparation
Maurice Cevrero .... orchestra contractor
Scott Greenstein .... music executive: Miramax
Jeffrey Kimball .... music executive: Miramax
Michel Legrand .... orchestra conductor
Pilar McCurry .... album coordinator
Jill Meyers .... music business and legal affairs
Allan F. Nicholls .... music supervisor (as Allan Nicholls)
Suzana Peric .... music editor
Nic Ratner .... assistant music editor
Claude Romano .... music preparation
Claude Romano .... orchestra contractor
Ira Selsky .... music business and legal affairs
Pamela Turbov .... soundtrack consultant
Happy Walters .... executive music consultant
Michelle Belcher .... soundtrack coordinator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Bruno Amestoy .... driver
Pascal Cling .... driver
Laurent Courard .... driver
Eric Duchêne .... transportation captain (as Eric Duchene)
Juan Carlos Esteban .... driver
Pierrick Faour .... driver
Frantz Folliot .... driver
Laurent Grenaud .... driver
Jean-Philippe Joncourt .... wardrobe driver
Eric Margolis .... driver
Pierre Molina .... driver
Sebastien Peronne .... wardrobe driver
Jean-Christophe Rapin .... driver
Pascal Vaguelsy .... driver
Other crew
Iradj Azizi .... production assistant
Ruth Bapst .... assistant: Sophia Loren
Emilie Barbault .... receptionist
Agnes Bermejo .... production coordinator
Marie-Odile Bertot .... supervising accountant
Joni Blackburn .... accountant assistant: US
David Brel .... production assistant
Denise Breton .... unit publicist: Paris
Sylvie Cayer .... secretary
Konni Corriere .... assistant: Robert Altman
Signe Corriere .... assistant: Robert Altman
Frédéric Doniguian .... assistant location manager (as Frederic Doniguian)
Olivier Duvault .... production assistant
Sylvie Forester .... unit publicist assistant
Christopher Gambale .... assistant: Harvey Weinstein
Christian Guérinel .... production assistant
Philippe Guérinel .... production assistant
Ty Harman .... assistant: Kim Basinger
Martine Ledarath .... production accountant
Catherine LeGuay .... travel coordinator (as Catherine Le Guay)
Fabrice Lombardi .... production assistant
James McLindon .... assistant: Scott Bushnell
Eric Muller .... location unit manager
Véronique Mutrel .... production secretary (as Veronique Mutrel)
Donna O'Neal .... assistant: Kim Basinger
Marc Paris .... production accountant
Leslie Jean Porter .... production assistant (as Leslie Porter)
François Pulliat .... assistant unit manager (as Francois Pulliat)
Nathalie Rykiel .... creative consultant
Carmen Soriano .... script supervisor
Danielle Sotet .... supervising accountant
Dylan Tichenor .... tv associate
Stéphane Weibel .... production assistant
Thierry Valletoux .... reportage (uncredited)
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac .... special thanks: The Designers
Chantal Thomass .... special thanks: The Designers
Yohji Yamamoto .... special thanks: The Designers

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Prêt-à-Porter" - USA (original title)
"Prêt-à-Porter: Ready to Wear" - Canada (English title)
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Rated R for language and nudity
133 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Karl Lagerfeld and Valentino Garavani turned down cameos as themselves as did John Fairchild, who was then-head of fashion trade journal "Women's Wear Daily".See more »
Continuity: 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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29 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Witty, scathing, and a delight!, 18 January 1999
Author: Paul Klenk (paulklenk) from New York, NY

It was truly exciting to see `Ready to Wear' in the theaters when it first came out. Seldom do films delight and amuse us at this level. But this is like a Woody Allen film: either you love it or hate it. Since the story is too complicated to explain (and the best thing about this film), I'm sticking to mostly non-plot aspects in this review.

One of the challenges in your first viewing will be this film's utter lack of exposition. You will be asked to board this train while it is moving; in fact, you will need to leap from track to track. The story is not unfolded as much as it is thrown at you in pieces. Two minutes after you are tossed into a conversation (already in progress), you will be asked to join another. Unless you have a mind as competitively poised as a super-model, you'll miss much of the movie the first time.

Don't let the immersion in the world of fashion fool you into thinking this is a movie `about' fashion. Fashion is merely a backdrop, a setting for Altman to play his scenes. That he so thoroughly masters his subject is merely a tribute to his intelligence and sophistication.

Like Milos Forman in `The Firemen's Ball,' Altman has created a wonderful menagerie of human foibles with which to lampoon us. Our pettiness, our lack of shame, our corruption and our low regard for each other are portrayed so truthfully and cleverly that we don't notice who is the real subject of the satire. We smugly assume it is the fashion world on trial.

Even the opening credits were fun - what a collection of personalities (all stitched on garment labels)!. Every casting decision was a good one; every performance was satisfying. The only thing funnier than Danny Aiello in drag, is watching him being told he looks like Barbra Streisand. And the only thing funnier than that is realizing it's true.

While we're trying to figure out a murder, we are also being dazzled by the constellation of world stars of all kinds parading before us. That Altman dared to attempt such a feat (the group photo at Versailles alone must have been a challenge) is not half as astonishing as that he pulled it off. But the stars, too, are merely a backdrop to funny stories and situations. No one but Altman could make an Elsa Klensch cameo so surprisingly hilarious. The interview about the pouf skirts was just plain funny. But will most of the audience appreciate it? `I doubt it.'

Another delight is Altman's pervasive references to clothing, so dominant you will miss half of them. A cab driver, identifying a murderer, tells the police `all white people look alike.' How does he tell them apart? `By their clothes.' Film is confiscated from a fashion shoot, because the murder suspect was inadvertently captured in the background. But his face was cutoff in every shot. `We don't know what he looks like,' the detective complains. `But we know what he was wearing.' Every conversation, every plot, each detail is so thoroughly self-referencing to fashion; but mostly, there are dozens of funny moments. Even the red herring of murder is based on our mistaking an innocent fashion item for an omen of death.

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