Sunday, August 16, 2009
A Tour of the Mad Men Costume Shop!
In celebration of the return of Mad Men tonight, I thought I'd post this awesome video. It's a tour of the Mad Men costume shop with designer Janie Bryant.
This is a great look at the designer's perspective on the period, especially when she said this was a time when "people weren't afraid to dress." I love that idea! It seems maybe we do have a fear of dressing today, maybe due to our uber-casual era that we talked about in this post. I think it also directly relates to some of the excellent points brought up in the feminism comment thread: perhaps this was a period of greater respect for our bodies and our appearances.
Some other great moments include Bryant showing off a gorgeous green and blue printed chiffon dress, a fabric that she notes as being "so popular for this period." She also mentions a donation that they received of loads of vintage fabric and patterns.
I also loved the peek into the tailor's shop, where the cutter is constructing a beautiful green dress. I wonder if it's for Joan!
Bryant hints at the costumes for the upcoming season, which is set in 1963, with lots of "dramatic shapes and colors."
Squeee! Will you be watching tonight?