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…
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.
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.
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.
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