As previously reported, Tom and Lorenzo of Project Rungay have been writing up the fashion of our Mad Women. They’re deriving a lot of insight by placing costumes in the context of character and scene.
There can be no more glaring example of just how far outside the mainstream Midge was for the period. To modern eyes, there’s nothing wrong with a gal in a baby tee and no bra. Put yourself in 1960. This might be a tiny bit of hyperbole, but she could have risked arrest going out like that. They didn’t even make tee shirts for women back then, let alone baby tees.
The Sterling Women, Part 1:
Mona always stood as a warning to Betty; a representation of what she was going to become if she stayed with Don. The message of this scene was that Don would make her rich, but he’d never make her happy.