Mad Men season 6: the fashion

One of the ongoing allures of AMC’s Mad Men is its ability to draw you back wholly to another era. All elements are faithful enough to make it television’s own version of time travel: from cultural attitudes of the day to landmark historical events, interior design to costuming. And, it ties in neatly with the current re-imagining of ’60s mod fashion.

Season 6 has just debuted. We pick up in 1968, going by the internet’s assessment of weather patterns and football games, and the fashion by costume designer Janie Bryant reflects this. Megan Draper (played by Jessica Pare) is edging towards ’70s glamour in vibrant floral prints and a long, keyholed lurex dress, matched by voluminous late ’60s hair

Mad Men fashion season 6

mad men season 6 fashion

mad men season 6 fashion

Meanwhile, Joan Holloway (Christina Hendricks) has moved beyond her wardrobe wiggle dresses – a throwback to the hourglass shapes of the ’50s – to rather more matronly layers.

mad men season 6

The men remain dapper, but with suit shapes and hairstyles changing: Don with shirt collar over suit lapels makes for a sure sign that we’re no longer in the early part of the 1960s, and side burns are creeping to longer lengths.

mad men season 6 fashion

mad men season 6 fashion

Here be spoilers: we don’t have a photo of it, but the other shock change for season 6, episode 1? Betty Draper is no longer blonde.

Photos: Michael Yarish/AMC

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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for Fashionising.com, where she serves as the publication's Editor.