This week I have been mostly watching Mad Men. I can’t believe I haven’t watched it before. It’s one of those things I’ve been meaning to watch forever. It has everything I love, early 1960s clothing, retro interiors to die for, an amazing story line, and bucket loads of old school glamour. I’ve managed in the last few weeks to watch the first 3 series and in many ways I’m so glad I came into it so late as I have countless episodes to watch all in one hit.
If you haven’t already seen Mad Men (I think it’s just me!) then you really really should. The show is produced to perfection, the whole era is so fabulously represented with attention paid to every last detail. If you’re a vintage fashion lover you will literally drool at the screen!
Mad Men is about a Madison Avenue based advertising agency and series one is set in 1960. The series covers the work and lives of employees and their families, and is a fantastic snapshot of life in New York in the early 60s right from the top of the food chain with the company partners to the secretaries. What had the most profound effect on me was the attitudes of the time towards women, homosexuals and black people, it makes you realise how far we have come in 60 years. The early 60s were a politically turbulent time and the events that took place during the era run alongside the main storyline. Events like JFK becoming president, Marilyn Monroe’s death, the fear of nuclear attack and the civil rights movement are all taking place in the background.
The characters are complex, believable and interesting. They are easy to love and hate at the same time. If perfection were a TV programme Mad Man would be it. I just can’t wait to carry on watching. In fact that’s what I’m going to do now…
P.S. My need for vintage clothing has reached fever pitch due to obsessive viewing of Mad Men! Here’s a few vintage picks to get the Mad Men look. xxx
50s Lace Vintage Prom Dress £150 Natasha Bailie
60s Vintage Rose Cocktail Dress Natasha Bailie
1950s dress £85 Love Miss Daisy