Mad Men came to an end last night after 7 seasons of beautiful and elaborate (visual) storytelling. There are many memorable moments in the series’ 8 year long stretch on the small screen, ranging from lawnmower accidents to LSD trips, but I thought I’d pay homage to the series my way, dissecting some of the sartorial clues Costume designer Janie Bryant and Make up artist Lana Horochowski have left for viewers. While some bloggers go as far as to claim the characters are clad in green or blue before they cheat, Bryant says: “My job is to tell the stories of these characters through these clothes. There is definitely symbolism there, but sometimes it’s a bit more overt.”
Here are 10 outfits and style elements that helped tell this tale of midcentury drama: 10 iconic looks from 7 seasons of Mad Men.
1. Betty Draper’s nightie – S1E9 “Shoot”
For most of the first season, Betty Draper is a picture perfect Barbie doll, dressed up in flawless getups that were heavily influenced by Grace Kelly.
However, when Betty looses out on a Coca Cola commercial, she works out her anger and frustration by blasting the pigeons of her neighbor, Mr Beresford, out of the sky with a rifle. She does so in a semi-transparent nightgown, cigarette hanging from her lips, dead look in her eyes.
The scene happens just after a moment of seemingly domestic bliss, as Betty sends Don of to work, does a load of laundry and can’t help but smile at her children jumping off the bed upstairs. “My Special Angel” by Bobby Helms plays in the background, and TV magic was made.