You know you’ve hit the “Big Time” when one of the world’s most successful toy companies turns you into a doll !
Riding the success waves of our favorite television series, Mattel has released it’s own line of Mad Men characters. A brilliant move on their part! Not only is the Mad Men series set in the 1960’s, which parallels Mattel’s most famous icon herself (Barbie), but couple that with Mattel’s now very successful line of Silkstone dolls, who in themselves, slip perfectly into character by the mere reflection of their vintage counterpart.
Being a doll aficionado myself, I was totally taken with the miniature representations of Don, Betty, Joan and Roger! The cover of the Barbie Collector catalogue features the foursome in all of their Mid Century Modern glory!
I am no stranger to the idea of recreating these television personalities in doll form. Last fall, at the end of the season 3, my article on the “Illustrious World of MadMen” was published in FDQ magazine. Utilizing dolls from my own collection, I found that it was rather easy to customize these miniature models into the now iconic characters we see on television.
One of my favorite photos from the article is the “split scene”. This setting taken from one of the original promotional shots from the show.
The idea of dolls as miniature representations of television and or movie personalities is not a new one. You can trace those mirrored images back to a time when TV was not the norm. One movie personality that comes to mind is Shirley Temple. Her likeness was made in doll form for many years, and proved to be quite successful .Her likeness is still collected today.
My thought is, aren’t the characters in this now, very popular series, performing in their own doll-like way? Did we and DO we walk around masquerading as we are expected to act? Betty in her “wife of a successful businessman” way? Don , certainly working it in who he wants you to see. Joan, who believes marriage and family are the American way? And Roger, who in trying to recapture his youth.
Without getting too seriously involved (ie. these characters are real), but, thoroughly enjoying the series to it’s fullest, I realized it’s not only entertaining and enjoyable in a two dimensional way, but can now be entertaining in a 3 dimensional way as well !
There is no shortage of promotional paraphernalia surrounding the show. Art, note cards, paper dolls, clothing. The list goes on. It’s opened up a whole new world even for the Mid Century Modern enthusiast, what with the show’s authentic settings and props. Myself, I take notice of all the decor, and settings and most often have to watch an episode twice to see what dialogue I have missed !
As my current business is that of a furniture designer in 1:6 scale, I thought it only fitting that I offer a miniature world for our newest miniature icons. Sunday is the day to see these characters “come to life” once again, but, for your entertainment, here is my take on a Mad Men style setting fit for a doll.
“Mid Century Modern Cocktails”
Thank you for letting me share my artist view. Doll clothing in the split scene provided by Hilda Westervelt, a brilliant seamstress in both the doll and human scale! – www.bellissima-couture.com
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