Ready to Wear (Prêt-à-Porter) (1994)

Ready to Wear (Prêt-à-Porter)



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Movie Info

The frantic preparations for a major Paris fashion show are the subject of this ensemble comedy. An all-star cast depicts the chaotically intersecting lives of models, designers, journalists, and other denizens of the fashion world, with the romances, betrayals, and other dramas all climaxing the day of the big event.

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Barbara Shulgasser, Robert Altman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 29, 1999


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as Kitty Potter

as Anne Eisenhower

as Joe Flynn

as Milo O'Brannigan

as Simone Lowenthal

as Cy Bianco

as Cort Romney

as Slim Chrysler

as Nina Scant

as Sissy Wanamaker

as Regina Krumm

as Jack Lowenthal

as Fiona Ulrich, New Yo...

as Major Hamilton, Ret...

as Louise Hamilton, Ma...

as Clint Lammeraux, Tex...

as Inspector Tantpis, P...

as Inspector Forget, As...

as Violetta Romney, Wif...

as Olivier de la Fontai...

as Jean-Pierre, Nina Sc...

as Pilar, Simone's Assi...

as Vivienne

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as Kiki Simpson, Model ...

as Sophie, Kitty Potter...

as Reggie, Cy Bianco's ...

as Craig, Regina Krumm'...

as Dane Simpson, Model ...

as Member of Milo's Ent...

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as Sky-TV Rreporter

as Sky TV Reporter

as Hotel Manager

as Hotel Clerk

as Bell Boy

as Designer featured wi...

as Fad TV Cameraman

as Fad TV Sound Enginee...

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as Model

as Herself

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Critic Reviews for Ready to Wear (Prêt-à-Porter)

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (10)

Though it credits Mr. Altman and Barbara Shulgasser as writers, this film seems practically scriptless, to the point where much of it plays like a first rehearsal.

Full Review… | May 17, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

The picture is not a social satire. It's a mess.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Altman and his writer, former Chicago Sun-Times reporter Barbara Shulgasser, should have gone further and been meaner; too many of his jokes are generic slapstick, instead of being aimed squarely at industry's targets.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Despite some delicious moments, this sluggish, overlong, halfhearted satire feels like a movie that wanted to go somewhere but never got there.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Full Review… | December 23, 1994
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Ready to Wear (Prêt-à-Porter)


Altman's lighthearted, amusing and unfairly underrated satire on the fashion industry is a sharp ensemble piece of celebrities, designers and reporters as they meet and stumble across one another at the "prêt-à-porter" extravaganza of Paris Fashion Week.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

I tried four different times to watch this over two hours, but even though it has a cast of thousands (31 stars I guess), it has no continuity and puts you to sleep

Red Lats

Super Reviewer

Robert Altman's "Ready to Wear" is far to fluffy to be a significant satire. After the master class double feature of "The Player" and "Short Cuts," Altman tried to combine the structures of each of those films for "Ready to Wear." The result is a misguided, light as a feather comedy about the fashion industry. While the film is fast paced, the lack of any true story or thematic line is missing. There are glimpses of these, which give the appearance that the film could have been more than it is, but it is ultimately pat. But still, "Ready to Wear" can never be called bad, because it's fun, has a great cast of actors and a few pointed scenes that make it worthwhile. Should it have been meaner, like "The Player?" Yes. Should it have been as emotionally resonant as "Short Cuts?" Yes. But "Ready to Wear" is neither of these things and as it stands, it's just light fun.

Steven Carrier

Super Reviewer

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