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Mad Men

03 November 2008

I just LOVE this image!

I've finally ordered the DVD of the first series of the Golden Globe winning show Mad Men, and I can't wait to get it. The second series is currently on air (or possibly it's just finished) in the US on AMCTV.

The premise (from AMCTV): The series revolves around the conflicted world of Don Draper, the biggest ad man (and ladies man) in the business, and his colleagues at the Sterling Cooper Advertising Agency. As Don makes the plays in the boardroom and the bedroom, he struggles to stay a step ahead of the rapidly changing times and the young executives nipping at his heels. The series also depicts authentically the roles of men and women in this era while exploring the true human nature beneath the guise of 1960s traditional family values.

I'm desperate to see the series as much for the '60's era fashion and styling as for the story. The wardrobe department and set designers have gone to great lengths to achieve authenticity and they have done an amazing job. Together with the fashion gems they have included some beautiful examples of mid century furniture design.

However, I recently read a great post by Mark Simonson - who has seriously scrutinised the show's props - about the lack of authenticity in the typography which has been used in Mad Men. Mark has a keen eye and an amazing knowledge of the history of typography. Perhaps the props people should collaborate with him in the future. It's disappointing when so much effort has been placed into getting so many other visual details correct. Not that this has dampened my enthusiasm at all.

Here is the fashion file.
And here is the Mad Men official blog.

This is the Aussie site where I bought the DVD. It's available for pre-order (with free delivery) and will be available at the end of the month. With the state of our Aussie dollar I thought I could hang out a bit longer rather than getting it from Amazon. How many days are there until the end of the month?!...

Image Source: AMCTV