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Patricia Field

What was the best decade of your life and why?

It's very difficult to divide my life into decades, but 1995 I think was the beginning of Sex in the City and into 2000 and whatever, was a milestone.

What was the worst moment of your life?

In 1990, as a result of my being absent from my own business and spending most of time in the movie and TV business and just adjusting to that change, I came back to my shop and thought I was bankrupt. My accountant said, "You're not bankrupt, fix it". I got myself back on track but I thought my business was over, I always remember that with dread.

If there were one song you associate with your youth what would it be?

Oh God. One song? Heartbreak Hotel, Elvis Presley.

On what occasion is it OK to lie?

It is never OK to lie. People use the expression "you are brutally honest". I have been told that many times. I do not think that honesty is brutal, I think that honesty is beauty.

What do you consider the greatest work of art?

The Parthenon in Athens on the Acropolis. I think what Chanel did in the 20th Century was one of the greatest works of art, she literally changed the way women dressed.

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What is your ultimate guilty pleasure?

Accomplishment is a pleasure for me, but it's not guilty, so I don't have any.

Who is/was the love of your life?

You know I had three loves of my life, all good. Three girlfriends, one when I was in my early 20s, one when I was in my mid-30s, one when I was in my mid-50s. I was totally in love with all three of them at that time.

What are the consolations of getting older?

Realising your value.

What is your best chat-up line?

You look great!

What is the best lesson life has taught you?

Follow your heart, have confidence in your gut.

Costume designer Patricia Field's documentary 'The Little House That Could' will have its European premiere on Saturday, August 3, at 2.30pm at the GAZE International LGBT Film Festival in the Light House Cinema Dublin. www.gaze.ie

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