When people ask me why I started dressing in a vintage style I answer with 2 words – Mad Men. I was mesmerized by the fashion and hairstyles. I immediately started scouring the internet for dresses like Betty’s. And eventually I started dressing in vintage styles 99% of the time. Sure, I was a little behind – Mad Men premiered in July 2007 and I think I got into it around 2010. We binge watched the first few seasons to get caught up and I was hooked. Not only is the fashion to die for but the show really is one of the best on television – well written, well directed, well acted. The costume and set designers are sticklers for keeping everything era appropriate from the furniture in Don’s apartment to the costumes/hairstyles to the events of the day (many historical events were worked into Mad Men’s storylines including the death of Marilyn, JFK’s assassination and the moon landing to name a few).
I won’t get into too many details of the show because I want YOU to watch it. It’s on Netflix Instant (I think all the seasons but the most current one which I’m sure will follow). I am going to re-watch again too. Not only because I miss the fashion of the early days (the show begins in 1960 and now we’re in 1970 – so not my jam) but I’ve forgotten quite a few of the early storylines. And, well, I’m going to miss Don and Betty, and Peggy and Pete, and Joan and Roger….
Last night we watched Mad Men go out in style with about 120 of our closest friends at Jax Cafe in NE Minneapolis. Jax, Vita.MN and Jake Rudh have hosted a premiere party for the last 6 years and this year they hosted a finale party (seemed fitting we all watch it end together). There were tears and there were cheers. I won’t go into details about the finale (I don’t want to spoil it for you) but I think it ended the best way it could.
Most people dress for the year the show is in – 1970, almost 1971 – but I couldn’t do it. I tried. 70’s are NOT my jam…. so 60’s it is. I wore a vintage Emma Domb gown and did my best to “60’s” my hair.
PS: don’t leave your camera around us….
Our table – we won the Mad Men trivia contest! Thanks to Julie and the guy in the front on the left who does television show podcasts on NPR….
To close, here is a look back at some of the previous Mad Men premiere parties. The first one we went to was in 2012.
*various photos by Julie