Don Draper (Jon Hamm) and Megan Draper (Jessica Paré) in "Mad Men." (Frank Ockenfels/AMC)
Set in a time where there was much uncertainty for the people of this nation, “Mad Men” is based on an advertising agency in the 1960s. This critically acclaimed drama is an AMC original series in its 7th and final season.
We follow the lives of Don Draper played by Jon Hamm and the journey of his colleagues like Joan, Peggy, and Peter Campbell. Now that the show has turned bicoastal we see the juxtaposition in wardrobe between New York City and Los Angeles in the late 60s. Draper’s wife, Megan, is an actress in California and through her we see the difference in fashion then what we see Joan and Peggy wear in their Madison Ave. office.
Megan, played by Jessica Pare, is the ultimate California girl this season. She dresses in colorful printed mini dresses and accessorizes simple jeans and button-ups with head scarves. Another thing I noticed that was a lot different than any of the other ladies on the show is her make-up. The Twiggy inspired lashes and liner with cut crease eye shadow is noticeably different than that of Peggy’s typical office attire and make-up.
Joan is the ultimate curvy bombshell. From the first season she has always been dressed in traditional early 60s knee length dresses that accentuate her curvy figure. Hats, coats, gloves and her fiery red hair are always a must for Joan played by Christina Hendrix.
Peggy, played by Elizabeth Moss, is the natural girl. She went through major changes through the seasons but I think last season she really came into her own with the wardrobe. She is more adventurous with her office attire that she has been before. Embracing more of the trends like mini dresses paired with knitted turtleneck blouses. Her signature is a beret type hat and wool pea coat.
In the first episode of this season we see a major difference with Peter Campbell. Even Don Draper asked him why he was dressed the way he was. That was by far one of the funniest lines Don has ever had. Dressed in plaid patterned pants with polo, he looked like the typical Californian yuppie in the 60s. Peter played by Vincent Kartheiser, moved to the West Coast and took the agency bicoastal.
Don Draper is one of the sharpest dressed characters in scripted dramas probably in the past decade. Even when he needs to stay up all night working on a campaign or just being Don Draper and getting into trouble, he looks like he is fresh out of the best suit tailor in New York City. With cigarette, a glass of whiskey and his fedora on hand, he is and will always be the mysterious man with the corner office at the agency and the most powerful man on the show.
“Mad Men” has the best wardrobe on television. Everything looks authentic even though that era was full of changes for those who lived it. Watching the show makes be appreciate that time in fashion as it has greatly influenced us today. When you think of a sharp tailored suit we now think of Armani and Tom Ford but back in the Don Draper days it was those old school Italian tailors in NYC who dressed the men that worked on Madison Ave.
Catch “Mad Men” on AMC Sunday Nights.