Banana Republic’s “Mad Men” Collection

Posted on June 25, 2011

It may be a while before the people of Sterling Cooper Draper Price grace our TVs again, but in the meantime, how freaking fabulous is THIS?

“Banana Republic and AMC are proud to announce the first-ever limited edition “Mad Men” inspired collection for men and women. The collection is designed by Banana Republic in collaboration with “Mad Men” Emmy® Award-winning Costume Designer Janie Bryant and will be carried in Banana Republic’s North American stores and online at beginning August 11, 2011.

“Working with Janie to gain a true understanding of the ‘Mad Men’ look and feel was a delight,” says Banana Republic Creative Director Simon Kneen. “Janie was instrumental in helping us achieve the series aesthetic and standard of authenticity with this capsule collection, offering sketches, her own inspirations and actual artifacts from the production set to help inspire the ‘Mad Men’ within all of us.”

“Collaborating with Simon and his team to design this collection was an experience I’ll never forget,” says Bryant. “It’s so rewarding to help create a collection that will allow fans of the series to channel their own ‘Mad Men’ style and take home fashionable items that are modern, not costume.”

We admit, it was virtually impossible to scroll through the pics without declaring, “That’s a Joan; that’s a Peggy; that’s a Betty…” If you’ve long admired the old school femininity and sexiness of the ladies’ clothes on the show, well you better start saving your pennies, girls. And if you’re a guy who wants to grab a little of that Draper (or Sterling, or Campbell) style for yourself, here’s your chance.

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  • Loves! Whatever it takes for people to dress with some class and style I’m all for!

    • If only the models weren’t so scrawny — starving waifs do not Mad Men make.

      I find it difficult to understand how I’m supposed to imagine myself in those clothes when all I can think about is shipping CARE packages to their modeling agnecy.

      • True Judy, would be nice to see a normal sized women in them. But at least the lines lend them selves to normal sized women.

  • Anonymous

    That’s some cool looking clothes, except the female model looks like she’s 14 and wearing her extremely stylish mother’s clothes. 

    • That’s what I was thinking! She’s a pretty girl, but she isn’t right for these clothes. 

      • The idea is that women in the late ’50s and early ’60s were more curvy. Showing these clothes on a skinny teenage model looks silly.

        • Mona Pily

          That’s *exactly* what I was thinking!  If they’re inspired by a “Joan”, let’s see a “Joan!”

          • Lisa

            I posted before I saw this – yes, Mona, exactly!  

        • Anonymous

          The reason they don’t show the clothes on a curvier girl , is that the don’t want people looking at the ad and thinking the clothes are making the model look “Fat”.
          The models from the the late 50’s and early 60’s were perhaps not quite as tall as this model, but they were just as slim.

          • Anonymous

            Thank you, SewingSiren!  So tiring to keep on reading about how thin models are.  We all know!  I was thinking that I would look good in a lot of these with losing only 10 pounds (rather than the 30 pounds I’m usually thinking about!), if you get what I mean.

          • Anonymous

            Thank you, SewingSiren!  So tiring to keep on reading about how thin models are.  We all know!  I was thinking that I would look good in a lot of these with losing only 10 pounds (rather than the 30 pounds I’m usually thinking about!), if you get what I mean.

          • …I think it’s obvious why the models are disturbingly thin – that’s the point. It’s a PROBLEM that anyone who isn’t a size 00 is considered “fat”. And the early models definitely were not just as “slim”. This was before models had cocaine addictions and only ate salad all day. Time to bring it back!!

          • Lisa

            And what’s so ironic about it is that it’s the Mad Men collection, where you have a character like Joan who’s just endowed with glorious curves!  To have a vintage inspired collection, from a show which has this character with a knockout body, and then hire these overly-thin models to show them off is just insulting.

          • I completely agree.

          • Anonymous

            Joan’s body is outstanding. It is also heavily assisted by things like corsets and body shapers, as was usual in the 60’s. This whole “Joan Holloway is the face (or body) of natural, curvy beauty!” thing is both insulting and delusional. That’s not any more how real women look than the model in the pictures.

          • Anonymous

            Fashion models in the 50’s and 60’s lived on cigarettes and black coffee.

          • Ok, so I bet you’re right. But somehow they still had way more curves than they do now 🙂

          • Anonymous

            Mid-century models were definitely just a slim. Almost all of the women in Avedon’s photography from that period look like modern models (perhaps not as eastern european). 

            But regardless, while these styles have been re-popularized by a curvy woman like christina hendricks, Banana Republic still has to sell these clothes to the modern market, which has its standards. Not trying to be offensive, but using a curvier model would suggest that the store was plus size, since plus size models are often really just curvy and not really plus size at all.  

          • “Plus size” in itself is ridiculous – how about just making clothes that fit women outside a super narrow range of single-digit, arbitrary numbers? 

            I still contest the idea that the models were “definitely just as slim”. All you have to do is look and see that they had actual hips and thighs.

            My whole point is to CHANGE “the modern market” and its “standards”. It’s a human creation. It got that way due to human mores and it can change.

          • Helen C

            Even the early 90s models weren’t that thin.  Cindy Crawford probably would be asked to lose weight if she were a model today. 

            In the late 90s the models were really scary-looking.  Nowadays it gets a little better.  

          • Anonymous

            Right you are.  If you look at the models of this era (Dovima comes to mind) they were extremely slender, with tiny tiny waists.

          • They were probably equivalent weight-wise, but has different body shapes. Super tiny waists with more hips/bust. But also tiny.

            Reminds me of the whole misconception about Marilyn Monroe, who for most of her career was in the 120s and had a 22-23 inch waist – she of the extremely curvy/voluptuous figure!

          • Helen C

            How tall was Marilyn Monroe?  If she was around 5’5”, 120 was a reasonable weight for that height.  
            Nowadays you have 5’9” girls aiming for 100 weight.  

          • Anonymous

            It seems that Marilyn was actually quite tiny. According to the article “Hollywood Auction Ends Myth of Zaftig Marilyn,” the dummy used to display her iconic white halter dress from ‘The Seven Year Itch’ had to be cut down from a size 2 – and the zipper still couldn’t be zipped all the way up!
            This is the link to the article (hope I’m doing it right…)

  • Kate Koester

    sweet jesus!!!  Time to save pennies AND hit the treadmill!!

  • Am I the only person who thinks this collection looks horrid? All the prints look washed out and bland. Plus the leopard feels tacky, not classy. There’s no Betty Draper here, just one of Don Draper’s many no-name one night stands.

    • Anonymous

      The womenswear is underwhelming.  I wouldn’t say “horrid,” but maybe lackluster.  The lines of the clothes are good, but the fabrics are obviously at a BR price point.  A woman would probably do better to purchase a few high quality vintage pieces from the era and mix them into her current wardrobe.  

      For some reason, the menswear looks much better to me.

      • I agree, the men’s clothes are fab while the women’s line is just OK.

    • Anonymous

      No, I think it’s pretty disappointing. Admittedly, the navy houndstooth sheath is pretty fab, but I don’t really care for the rest. It doesn’t really read as period as much as period-inspired. Banana Republic, I am disappoint.

    • You’re not alone.  It looks incredibly dreary and aging.  

    • Anonymous

      Nope, you’re not alone, though for me it’s more “bleah” than “horrid”. I think if these were styled with modern-day hair and makeup, they wouldn’t even get noticed.

    • I agree. I love a lot of the clothes on Mad Men and from that era, but I don’t even like most of these styles.

    • Anonymous

      I was thinking the same thing.  The women’s wear looks very much like any other season of Banana Republic.

  • Lauren Walbridge

    banana republic has been doing a ‘mad men’ inspired collection at end-of-summer/early-fall for at least the last two years, though not designed with janie bryant. b.r. may not have been advertising it, but the associates were certainly selling it as such.  i have two of their dresses and they’re killerrrrrr. the fit in these lines is impeccable. get them before they sell out – i’m sure they’ll go even faster this year with all the press!

    • Anonymous

      I was going to say, yeah. This isn’t the first time I’ve heard of them doing a MM collection, although it’s the first time I’ve seen any of the clothes. I’m a bit underwhelmed by these, honestly, except for the houndstooth sheath.

  • Une femme

    I think this is going to do very well for them. Hope the quality is better than their recent usual

  • Anonymous

    I don’t understand how the empire babydoll fits into the early 60’s. The menwear is awsome, but the ladies is a little too updated, in a neither here nor there kind of way.

    • Empire dresses were briefly in style in the early 60’s. My prom dress in 1964 was empire, and I felt at the height of fashion with it and my Barbara Feldman up-do.

      • Lisa

        Post a picture!!! I’ll bet you looked amazing! My prom was sadly in 1981 – we had no style back at that point in the 80s!

        • Lol, I don’t have the pics any more, sorry. My mother made the dress out of pale blue satin with big blue flowers all over it, and she made a matching little cape to go with it. It looked sadly homemade, though I didn’t think so at the time.

    • Anonymous

      I strongly agree. This was the only thing that bothered me about the collection. Otherwise, it’s a fantastic effort to bring a bit of MM into our lives. I loved BR’s original collection a couple of years ago as well.

    • Toni Mitt

      Yes–I was in a wedding in 1965 or 66 where the BM’s were in empire style long straight dresses with long slit up the back and the bodices were red velvet and the skirts were fushia.  All had French twists with little pillbox hats with netting.  It was fab.  I also remember getting confirmed in a blue silk “tent” dress with an empire bodice and an A-line skirt with a big pleat right under the bustline.  My mother made it; I felt so fashionable in it…
      Wish I had pictures! 

  • Anonymous

    Everything is gorgeous. I especially love the mauve dress (4th row center), and the orange pumps are to die for. I also like the “Father Knows Best” sweater.

    I think some of the dresses would have benefited by a model with a little meat on her bones. The wide skirts look silly on the model.

  • Guys, if you wear these suits with a fedora, you WILL get laid. Promise.

  • Wow, this looks amazing — cant wait to see it all in real life!

  • Anonymous

    A suit and a trenchcoat is in my future.

  • Sara__B

    Thanks, Mad Men! I do appreciate seeing men in slacks that fit their legs and asses, and have an inseam that matches the actual length of their legs. Suit styles change with the decades (lapel and tie width, pleated
    or flat front slacks, slim-fitting or boxy), but my favorite has always been this
    early/mid 60s style. Lots of guys where I live are wearing slacks and jeans that make guy-watching much more fun. Thanks again, Mad Men!

  • Anonymous

    Wonderful, and so much fun. I worry about that first grey woman’s suit. If it doesn’t look well cut on the model, what will it look like IRL?

  • Anonymous

    I love both blue dresses, but sadly, my life is not one that lends itself to wearing fancy clothes :/

  • Gorgeous!  That grey suit is to die for.  I do so hope that look comes back.  The right gloves are sitting in my glove box just waiting to be worn!

    Love the herringbone sheath a lot, too.

  • Judy_J

    T double E Riffic!!!  I love everything.  Never shopped at Banana Republic before, but I may have to start now.  Fabulous collection!

  • Anonymous

    Fabulosity personified.

  • Anonymous

    When BR had their “unofficial” Mad Men-esque collection two years ago, I bought a dress almost identical to the first dress shown above (the check is a smaller scale, but that’s the only real difference). It’s a great dress, even on a girl with a Joan Hollaway figure. I highly recommend it!

  • Can’t wait to get some of these pieces! 

  • Mariah J

    Love these, very fabulous for the ladies. The men’s gray suits are TO DIE.

  • MilaXX

    Much love for this collection & Banana Republic is a price point I can afford.

  • Anonymous

    The dresses are fabulous!  Makes me wish I could fit into them. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Love the suits. The sweater ensemble is more Joey than anything. 

    The Joan pants outfit is especially divine!

  • LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!  Finally.  Seriously, I can’t believe it took them this long to have an “inspired by Mad Men” line.

  • Pretty fabulous.

  • Anonymous

    Capsule collection for Banana is terrific . . . But I’m reeeeeelly looking forward to Ms. Bryant’s very own line!!

  • Those ties are chic.  I love the women’s collection except for that last look–bargian rack bound.

  • Anonymous

    No way! I am NOT going back there!

  • Nicole St. Germain

    The female model looks best with sunglasses on…maybe she should work on her smize….

    Otherwise, I like the clothes! When I read the title I hoped for brighter colors, like some of Joan’s fabulous reds, but I think these read very well and will be fabulously integrated into modern wardrobes.

    • What’s really funny is that I have a Banana Republic dress from a few years ago that it truly a “Joan” dress – curve-hugging red wool with a scoop neck and a structured waist.  It definitely pops more than any of the dresses in this collection.  

  • Holy shit I’m going to need an extension on my line of credit.

  • Well that’s just super faboo! 

  • Buy VINTAGE on Ebay. Get the real deal from the 60s.

    • Lisa

      Ideally, that’s a good idea.  However, there’s a lot of trouble to be had in buying vintage on ebay.  First is the condition – if it’s not in good shape, you’ll have to send it back, haggle with the seller, etc.  Second – and as a big fan of vintage, I can attest to this – vintage clothes were cut much smaller than clothes are now.  If you’re a size 6 in something made NOW, a size 6 is in vintage is going to be a lot closer to a 4, or maybe even a 2 – you’d pretty much have to buy the item in order to simply try it on.  Third – I agree, while it’s wonderful to buy something that’s one of a kind, that’s the only choice you’ll have – one of a kind. What if the dress you love is two sizes too small?  At least in a store like BR, you have the assurance of knowing they’ll probably have it in your size.

      • depends on the era which size is which. sizing has changed over the years. when people say, as they occasionally do, that marilyn monroe was a size 16, for example, what they mean in early 60s sizing would be a mid 70s size 12, which would be a current size 8 {maybe 10}.

        that, actually, is a decent way of thinking sizing {thru the 50s, anyway}: current, & idiotic, sizing is two sizes lower than it was thirty years ago & that was two sizes lower than it was two decades before that. i remember my mother telling me when i was about twelve that the perfect size was a 14. i was aghast. that 14 was a 10 in the late 70s–&, in the late 70s, a 10 was a very good size. there was, in fact, a mall store called the 5-7-9 shop, for all us perfect people out there {which included my tired self at the time}.

        the sizing changed to the current about a decade ago. before that, we had no size zeros. the smallest was a 2, the next was a 3/4–& these were not common sizes {see 5-7-9, above}. in addition, if it helps, sizes were generally like that 5/6 or 7/8 or 9/10 up thru maybe size 13/14–after that, they continued as whole, even numbers. part of the time, this was cos the odd numbers stood for junior sizing–but that wasnt always the case. & it didnt even have much to do w/ where you bought yr items–high end department stores like joseph magnin, & moderate-end boutique-type stores like judy’s all very often used the double {9/10} sizing.

        hope that helps.

        in other news, you could always buy vintage from me. same name {sans my first}, currently on etsy & a few other marketplaces. currently in process of setting up a standalone online shop. i used to have a brick-shop but, you know, in los angeles the overhead is {as the mysterious they said before they changed its meaning} killer.

        • Anonymous

          It’s best to go by good old English inches or centemeter measurements when buying vintage, than try to guess the sizes that correspond to  current numeric sizing. If you look at old catalogs like Sears for instance, the smallest size was 12 and it went up to 20 or something like that. But if you check the grade charts you see that the 12 is similar to today’s 0 (except the 1940’s 12 had a smaller waist!) 

          • i’ve learned to accompany the clothing i sell w/ an exaggerated number of measurements. i put in everything a person might want & this in both metric & what i’m gonna call, idiotically, “normal” {cos i’ve been moving for about a week & am so tired i can scarcely –literally– stand up. i just cant remember what it’s called. apologies}.

            it’s possible to buy vintage online if you pay attention & yr seller’s conscientious. you can also buy well if you know what yr buying & you buy from someone who has no idea what they have {this gets morally slightly sticky. then again, it’s very easy to do research these days}.

            i dont like the idea behind the zero sizing. that someone would fit a zero size does not bother me.

        • Anonymous

          God, I remember how traumatized I was when I started to size out of the 5-7-9 shop, (I think when I bumped up against 110 pounds) and junior sizing no longer worked because I had, like, these modest little *hips.*  I don’t know where the gals with real booty shopped back in the day if they wanted cute young styles.

  • This is me, not loving the grey-on-grey houndstooth skirt.
    I’m too fat for pencil slacks, and I hate seeing them back after only three years.

  • Lisa

    Jesus, Mary and Jackie O, this is BEAUTIFUL!  Love it!


  • Lauen newman

    Can I have it all? Oh my goodness.

  • Anonymous


  • I don’t even like leopard print but I must have that handbag and belt!!!

  • Anonymous

    What’s not to love? I like almost every single piece, but I’ve liked this style since I was a little girl. I have pictures of my mom wearing dresses/skirts similar to these, with matching stiletto pumps of course. She looks so stylish and a bit glamorous in the photos. She’s petite and curvy and she really rocked these looks. Love!

  • Anonymous

    Love. Although I am done now with the ‘belt over the open coat and/or sweater’.  Seriously. It looks stupid. It’s going on two years old. Stop it.

  • i am in love.

  • YES!!!

  • All of the hating on skinny girls/models in the comments is incredibly tiresome.

    • oohsparkley!

      All of the too skinny models are tiresome.  The clothes would look better if they all added 10 pounds minimum.

      • Nobody in these pictures looks like a skeleton or a cancer victim. Just because one’s thighs aren’t constantly squished or brushing together, doesn’t make them a skeleton; it’s your idea of what is too skinny that is skewed by the normalcy of the obesity epidemic that is the problem, not the girl in these pictures. 

  • Anonymous

    It may be unfair to say this as I’m judging from photographs, but the women’s wear looks less well made than the menswear.

    Either that or all the steamers/irons were stolen.

    I do hope hosiery comes back along with these, distressingly hot as it is outside now and for the next 3 months.

    And I do remember models of the period being extremely thin – more than that, they had no musculature to speak of.  Remember how much size de-flation there’s been since the 60’s? Just look at the measurements on period patterns.

  • jaibee

    Love that first blue houndstooth dress! Also, leopard print accessories. I’m sold.

  • could it be?  high-waisted slacks fit for the modern woman?  all the vintage pairs I’ve found are for women shaped like Barbie.

  • Anonymous

    Need the navy on navy hounds tooth shift dress, the gold sweater/black tie blouse and black lace top PRONTO.  Shockingly, my husband just looked over my shoulder and declared he’d be interested in one of the suits.  Love these – classic but modern enough for now.

  • Love the idea, but BR clothes have gotten so shoddy I’m not sure they’ll look any good in real life. Even on the models, some look cheaply made.

  • And, not to belabour the point, but if the pants look that pulled, wrinkles and unflattering in the promo pictures, can you imagine actually wearing them to do something other than stand there?  Badly made women’s line!

  • Who styled this shoot? Did they not own an iron/steamer? If the black silk (I’m presuming silk at least) sheath looks that horribly wrinkled on the model for the promotional shot – what is it going to do with a day of wear on an average woman. Menswear is stylish but the women’s wear just looks sad and tired.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, that’s a pretty fabulous little collection. And it’s BR, so I can actually afford something!
    I’m really digging the menswear too.

  • That is classic!Love it. The best part is I could actually see me wearing some of the styles and looking good in them. YES! Something that the 40 somethings can wear and still be up to date in the fashion world.

  • Claire Chauvin

    What? No gold pencil necklace? 

  • Wow… I love every single look and piece. That like never happens ever. Too bad it’s BR and they don’t carry big girl sizes…

  • Anonymous


  • I would wear that gray suit in a minute.  And who doesn’t love a man in a trilby?

  • These are cute, but even though they’re in my range of affordability and style, I don’t think I’d buy them. I don’t buy a lot of dresses (when I do buy them, they tend to hang in my closet until I sell them on Ebay – even ones I really like) and I do pencil, not full, skirts. So I guess I can say I’m a little disappointed.

  • Anonymous

    if one looks back at black/white films, even into 60’s, this size was norm before we began making bad food choices and got into this  over weight epidemic. National Institute of Health reports that this is first generation whose parents will outlive kids, mainly because they are overweight and undernourished. Thank you MacDonald’s, Taco Bell, KFC, all fast foods and pre-prepared foods. Exercise and  choosing fresh foods eaten raw or cooked lightly may save us from becoming our own dinosaur extinction.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know if it’s the model that’s the problem like some people are saying or the fact that the clothes look kind of…wrinkled which makes them look like of cheap, but I’m not as excited by this stuff as I was hoping to be.

  • Anonymous

    I agree it could be a bit more “period” but nice, simple, classic silhouettes.  So I’m miffed that this collection has come out when I’m pregnant and I can’t buy any of it.  I was thinking maybe the shoes but cautious about doing that as well – my feet might swell later.  But that necklace is really nice….