Ready to Wear (1994)

R   |    |  Comedy, Drama

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A chronicle of the interconnected lives of a group of people in the lead up to Paris Fashion Week.




  • Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni in Ready to Wear (1994)
  • Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni in Ready to Wear (1994)
  • Ready to Wear (1994)
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh in Ready to Wear (1994)
  • Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni in Ready to Wear (1994)
  • Madonna at an event for Ready to Wear (1994)

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14 September 2003 | gbheron
| Threadbare Altman
I missed Ready to Wear when it was released in 1994, and finally rented the film. I had great anticipation. The fashion industry was the next to squirm under Mr. Altman's cinematic scalpel. Altman assembled a large, talented ensemble cast as usual. The locale is the annual prêt-à-porter fashion show in Paris, as a multitude of characters descend on hotels, fashion houses, restaurants, and runways; their stories intertwining and crisscrossing across a pastiche of interlocking plotlines. It'll be just like Nashville, in other words, another Altman tour de force.

Oddly and sadly, it's nothing of the sort. Ready to Wear loses its way early, and drifts aimlessly along for its lengthy 133 minute runtime. The characters lack the depth of his other films; they're poorly defined and you never really feel you get to know them. The dialogue is shallow and lacks bite. Even the little things tend to annoy; why use sidewalk dog poop as a unifying symbol? What's the point to that?

All in all I found Ready to Wear disappointing and probably my least favorite of Altman's films.

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Release Date:

25 December 1994


English, French, Italian, Russian, Spanish

Country of Origin


Filming Locations

Champs Elysées, Paris 8, Paris, France

Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,026,295 26 December 1994

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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