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Mad Style: Trudy Campbell Part 1

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Pill boxes and polka dots!

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Trudy has my favorite outfits on the show. I can't wait until you get to that gorgeous blue dress from the penultimate episode of season 3. To DIE for! (pun not intended, and kind of awful, poor JFK)


This series may actually be more fascinating to me than the actual Project Runway posts. Thanks for doing this boys!


*Love* these posts.

Thanks so much.

The first coat (sack style) is, with the tone-on-tone gloves and trendy bracelet, in the category of "so stylish it can't be ugly"

In the post-fertility assessment scene with the yummy chocolate brown & blue print shirtwaist - is she not serving magazine-picture perfect iceberg lettuce wedges, topped with Thousand Island (or is that French?) dressing?

The details on this show are fabulous.


Trudy is someone who was revealed to have layers.

She is someone I have grown to like very much over the course of time. Despite the imperfections in their marriage they are partners. Trudy is someone who does not seemed destined to turn into another Betty.

Season 3 shows what she is made of and how good she is for Pete. I loved how she backed up Pete and decided not to go to the wedding in the Kennedy episode

Frank


Can I just say that I am absolutely loving these Mad Men Style posts.

You guys are the best!


Really adore these posts and cannot wait for part 2. You're all making me more and more anxious for Mad Men's return than I thought possible!


"Conflict in coat form."

Morning coffee (@ 1p.m.) and laughter. Thanks.


Great post guys. I agree with Mishi, Trudy's best outfit is the JFK episode (which if I remember, y'all mentioned in your post about that epi).

Trudy has grown on me and I like her best out of all the wives (including Betty).


Funny, looking over this, makes me realize how similar Trudy's clothes, of all the characters, are to my mother's clothes from that time period. The prints are dead-on.

I'll be fascinated with what you do with Peggy--the costume designer does a wonderful job with a character who never gets it quite right--whereas the other female characters know how to dress to look good.

I also hope that Trudy gets a job somewhere. The poor girl deserves some personal fulfillment.


"We have to say, while we realize that bouffant'd flip 'do was very stylish at the time, it's a totally ridiculous-looking hair style."

Thanks. :) That was almost exactly my hairstyle in my high school yearbook photo, 1964.


"We have to say, while we realize that bouffant'd flip 'do was very stylish at the time, it's a totally ridiculous-looking hair style."

Pish Posh! The bouffant is effing fabulous.


OMG...I had all these clothes!! Well not exactly, but I sure wore those styles and fabrics! My first dance dress had a brown velvet bodice and plaid taffeta skirt!!
Thanks for the wonderful post, I loved seeing these clothes!!!!


This post make me excited to see what Trudy wears in the upcoming season now that she's part of the new agency. These women of Mad Men series are a lot of fun.


I've always loved the choices made for Trudy Campbell's wardrobe. As a peripheral character we haven't seen all that much of her, but her wardrobe has been memorable, unique and very chic. I agree that her character is as layered as her wardrobe. I think I'm most fascinated with how her apparel often matches either Pete's or the scenery!

I know that this is more of a question for Janie the wardrobe designer for MM, but does anyone know if female characters' clothing/accessories were all vintage, designed specifically for the show, or a combination of such?


edina


Edina, it's a combination of both. We know that the purple party dress and Peggy's red dress in the same scene were vintage. There was an interview with Janie Bryant where she talked about having to cut them down to fit the actresses because they were originally much larger dresses.


I love these posts! I just finished watching season 3. Please don't forget about Jane. I love the red suit with the leopard collar and cuffs.


Thanks, TLo! And thanks so much for the MM posts. They're fascinating and incredibly well done.

edina


if there were pulitzers for blog posts, your "madmen" series should win it... you've made me view the show in a whole new light ~ thanks t.lo!


It's conflict in coat form.
So true. You guys never seize to impress me with your fabulous posts and brilliant writing.

Thank you so much for these posts!


I LOVE how they all hold their gloves.


This post is fascinating! You've managed to analyze what each outfit reflects about a character's personal development, inner turmoil, interactions with others, conflict, and setting--in all its significance.

A perfect illustration of why I'm always telling people: "You need to check out this site."

Thanks! (I'm one of the lucky ones who has yet to watch much of this show. So, I get to power through it at some point! Maybe when I'm mourning Lost.)


I am dying to see what happens with Trudy's character in the upcoming season, as she has gone from being a frivolous housewife to someone who is taking control of her marriage as she sees Pete losing control over himself. She's growing some real balls and I would love to see her clothing reflect that.


I love this observation-
" It's conflict in coat form."


"if there were pulitzers for blog posts, your "madmen" series should win it..."

Didn't Betty Suarez win a Bloggie or some such award for her blog? If there isn't such an award, there should be, just so TLo could win it.

The only problem for me with these Mad Men style analyses is that now I have to go back to the first show and watch them all over again with my new knowledge of the styling choices. This is a great series. Thank you so much.


These posts are just great. Having grown up in the time in which "Mad Men" is set, I am blown away by the authenticity of each outfit and how well they fit the character for whom they are created. I love Trudy's clothing. I would wear those outfits today and feel totally comfortable in them.


Not to carp, but the red and blue plaid apartment outfit was a suit, not a coat.

You can see the top gap away from the skirt in the first photo.

Also, having been there in that time and place, I recognize it as a suit shape, not a coat shape.

And coats did not have all those pleats.

Other than that, TLo, you're right on the nose.

You can also tell Trudy's purple velvet top dress was cut down from a larger dress by the pleats on the neckline.

Those velvet topped party dresses survived for a number of years in that time and place, I owned one, and the neckline was always a clean U. However, this is one of the few times in the series when you can see Janie's handiwork.)


I love that you are doing this!
Keep 'em coming....


formerlyAnon said... lettuce wedges


Oh , wow. Lettuce wedges. A phrase from my childhood that I haven't thought of for a long time.

Trudy's an interesting character - but I always feel so sorry for her because she's married to Pete. I realize that she married him, at least in part, because he represents a rung up the ladder for her socially. I guess she has made her bed - so to speak. She just seems like a woman who deserves better than Pete.


I started really getting into Alison Brie/Trudy over the course of the series, to the point where she's the most attractive one on the show for me. There must have been some major shift in her appearance after these selections that helped bring this about... would like to see your analysis of the later episodes to feature her as well.


Anonymous said...

Not to carp, but the red and blue plaid apartment outfit was a suit, not a coat.

You can see the top gap away from the skirt in the first photo.


Fixed it. Thanks!


Love the velvet dress with the matching handbag.


I love the polka dot suit with the pill box hat set far back on her head, it looks like an outfit for a Justice of the Peace wedding. The gold floral sundress is also wonderful.


I'm so glad you featured her. Although I still haven't gotten into Mad Men yet (despite following the recaps), I adore Alison Brie on Community. It was such a shock to me to find out she was on Mad Men, so it's nice to see how the transformation looks.


I love the way her style has evolved. Her hats are to die for, as well. She and Pete are perfectly suited for each other, and trust me when I say that in the first season, that was not a compliment. Third season I started warming to them.


I don't watch Mad Men. But I'm reading these posts with an absorption that's all out of proportion to the interest level I should have about a show I don't watch.

I honestly don't know how you guys DO this. I get that you're interested in fashion, but this type of in-depth character analysis as it pertains to fashion... have you ever been teachers? Are you writers in "real" life? Because this is... amazing.

And, like I said, fascinating.


TLo said...
Edina, it's a combination of both. We know that the purple party dress and Peggy's red dress in the same scene were vintage. There was an interview with Janie Bryant where she talked about having to cut them down to fit the actresses because they were originally much larger dresses.


That's interesting, considering that fashion for the time comes usually in smaller sizes... I guess that means that originally those two outfits would have been worn by older women. I did find they look a bit too matronly in the context.

Related to that. I don't really get that vibe of Trudy Campbell being fashion forward for the time... She's still also lagging behind or? If you compare say Jacqueline Kennedy at the same time, her looks and hairstyle were far more modern, even radically so I'd say.

For example these looks from 1960-62

http://www.jfklibrary.org/NR/rdonlyres/2658D718-6681-4D2D-B589-0D3CA87AD014/20795/STC2216204AUG1962.jpg

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_p2bw3CgJ08k/SxoKomQOXKI/AAAAAAAAC7c/YD-J-boQw8o/s400/jackie_kennedy1%2B+kids.jpg

http://img2.timeinc.net/instyle/images/2009/gallery/010909_kennedy03_300x400.jpg


Love your Mad Men posts. I always think that Trudy is dressed to be less sexual than any other character and even tho she is fashion hip and urbane, she does not exude the sexuality that the other female characters do. Her relationship with Pete is a partnership and there seems to not be a sexual chemistry to them. Remember the Charleston dance? In sync yet not one well timed body shake made you ever feel that Pete and Trudy tear it up behind closed doors. Where as in the Draper marriage that appears to be the only partnership they have. I think the costuming of Trudy really reflects her Trudy prudy-ness.


Love what you guys are doing here. There's nothing more for me to add. I hope you don't take the smaller number of comments as a lack of interest. Obviously we're all eating this stuff up and loving it.

I would love to spend an hour or two walking through the Mad Men wardrobe department with Janie Bryant.

And that last dress - the gold print dress with the tie spaghetti strpas? We're hosting a Memorial Day BBQ and part of me reeeeeally wants to wear it for my host(ess)ing duties.


Anonymous said...

"TLo said...
Edina, it's a combination of both. We know that the purple party dress and Peggy's red dress in the same scene were vintage. There was an interview with Janie Bryant where she talked about having to cut them down to fit the actresses because they were originally much larger dresses.


That's interesting, considering that fashion for the time comes usually in smaller sizes... I guess that means that originally those two outfits would have been worn by older women. I did find they look a bit too matronly in the context."

Not necessarily... You have to keep in mind the sizes that most actresses today actually wear. While Mad Men does show far less cookie cutter bodies, for the most part, many of the actresses are still in tiny sizes. A size 2 was less common 50 years ago. (I cannot believe I just had to refer to the 60s as 50 years ago... time flies)


I'm a small size 2 and it's hard for me to get into size 4 50s and 60s dresses... Of course, I don't use corsets, but still. Any vintage shopper knows that sizes before where far smaller, and your average American young girl far thinner that today's.


Shannon said, You have to keep in mind the sizes that most actresses today actually wear. While Mad Men does show far less cookie cutter bodies, for the most part, many of the actresses are still in tiny sizes. A size 2 was less common 50 years ago.

A size 2 today would likely have been around a size 6 or 8 in the 60s. In fact, you rarely saw any size under a 6.

It's not that women are skinnier today, overall. Just manufacturers making the numbers smaller. I well recall an event a few years ago at which the organizers had to find someone who wore today's size 4 to fit into a size 14 from the mid-40s!


She's one of my favorite characters. Who can ever forget, "Peter, can I talk to you for a minute?" Priceless.


I am so sorry you stopped when you did, because one of my favorite Trudy-and-Peter matches is from the holiday at the country club episode, when they do a perfect Charlston-cum-cakewalk. Loved her dress for that, too.


I only have vague recollections of the time period in Mad Men having been born in the mid 60's. When I watch the show or look at your posts, it reminds me of old photos that my relatives drag out at family gatherings from back then.

And a comment on the clothes sizes, I actually think the clothes were made smaller back having tried on some of my Mom's and aunts' old dresses and prom gowns. I am a size 2 or 4 (depending) and as I recall it could be a squeeze getting into their old dresses.

Anyway, I love your MM posts, TLo and I cannot wait for the season to begin so I can read your thoughts on each epi.


that last dress reminds me of my favorite dress in Rear Window, worn by Grace Kelly of course

-denise


I wish I had this whole series two years ago. It would have saved me so much time getting screen shots for reference.


TLo, I just noticed there's gonna be a Q&A with Bryan Batt at 1pm today on WaPo's site.

http://live.washingtonpost.com/bryan-batt.html

I love your MadMen posts.


Well done boys! Now I start watching the series over again and just look at the clothes.


D. Moe said...

I wish I had this whole series two years ago. It would have saved me so much time getting screen shots for reference.


HOLY SHIT!

Kittens, if you don't know who Dyna Moe is, she's the incredibly talented artist whose fine work allowed you and half the internet to "Mad Men" yourself. We're as thrilled with her comment as we were with Janie Bryant's twitter about us the other day. Glad you're enjoying the posts, DM!


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Hi Tom & Lorenzo,

Congratulations on the snaps from the fab Dyna Moe. I love her work. Most esp the Joan paper doll screen shots & Sally's cocktail guides:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/nobodyssweetheart/3019059999/in/set-72157606178887453/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/nobodyssweetheart/2890795010/in/set-72157606178887453/

So glad to hear that she appreciates your work as much as I & your hordes of MM minions :}

Cheers,

Heather:D


Confession time: I do not watch MAD MEN.
**whew, got that off my chest**
But I am enjoying these posts anyway! :)


Ohh! I can't wait for the next Trudy post! She definitely has some of my favourite looks from Mad Men. She's just got such interesting style. You're very right in your, "of the moment" observation of her looks. I love seeing what she's wearing.

I LOVE these posts! Thanks!!


Yes, yes Trudy! She is the most interesting dresser and her clothes in Season 3 rock!


Yes, yes Trudy! She is the most interesting dresser and her clothes in Season 3 rock!


The scene in polka dots and big white hat is actually from The Hobo Code :) Great post.


barbie desoto said...

The scene in polka dots and big white hat is actually from The Hobo Code :) Great post.


Fixed. Thanks!

XO
T Lo


The bouffant flip-do is so indicative of the era. My mother, who was a teenager at the time, wore her hair like that. It was considered a very youthful look then. But it also screams 1962! Which is why I think ladies like Sarah Palin have subconsciously dragged this "bump-it" style in to the 2000's. The early 60's were such an optimistic time in the US. Probably the last time in history things were so innocent, socially-speaking.


After my wedding, I wore the same hat Trudy's wearing in Season 1 Episode 8 - "The Hobo Code" as part of my "going away" outfit. Mine was brown, but it's definitely the same hat, right down to the netting and that funny gimp-like thing in the middle of the top and
I loved it!

I also had the "flip" hairdo and even though you fellows think it's a dumb hairstyle, it was very light and airy as well as easy to do.


Hi guys, what happened to he outfit Trudy wears when she visits "her first" after Pete asks her to so he'd publish his story (S1E5)? It's a killer outfit and quite an important scene for Trudy


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