If Betty Draper has to go to the supermarket, then by god, Betty Draper is going to be the most beautiful woman to ever handle fruit.
The Basket of Kisses gets a lot of love from another great blog, Tom & Lorenzo (T-Lo to their friends; Project Rungay to their fans). And I hope the guys know that we love them right back. In the interest of some cross-blog promotion: Basketcases, did you know about T-Lo’s recent series of features on the art of dressing the ladies of Mad Men?
For the Maddest of fans, this is a deep vein of good stuff. Here’s just some of what you can find:
- Joan’s, Betty’s, and Peggy’s signature colors, and what it means each time one of them wears her own
- Wardrobe meets plot: where Peggy probably got the clothes she wore in late 1960
- How clothing colors or styles can signal mood, strength, vulnerability, and other things
- What tailoring and accessories tell us about characters’ ages, availability, and class
- The gentle art of dispensing red-carpet advice while complimenting the office manager’s fashion choices
- How well Tom and Lorenzo understand Peggy Olson (is she Matt Weiner in a skirt?) and Betty Draper
- Departures from the early-60’s norm: where Midge fits in the picture
These in-depth, sensitive, and thoughtful posts are about much more than the place where character and clothing meet. They go deeper, to discussions of each woman’s life, her relationships, and the era. It’s fantastic work by a well-matched couple who care very much about this program, and know what it means to all of us.
I don’t know you, Tom and Lorenzo, but I wish I did. Love to you and all who sail upon you.
Keep up the great work!