Mad Men Season 6 Promo Photos

Posted on March 15, 2013

We can’t even begin to tell you how much we love these photos.

It’s never a good idea to try to divine meaning out of Mad Men’s promo shots each season. They’re too guarded about storylines to let anything slip through in the staging. The only thing we can glean is costumer Janie Bryant’s intentions for the new season, as well as what we can expect from the overall look of the show.

You also may or may not see these actual costumes in the coming season. Since the dresses tend to be quite elaborate (as befits this post-Cleopatra, Hollywood Regency-heavy period for the non-Boomers), we’re thinking they won’t go to waste, though.

Joan clearly has money to spend and she’s going that late ’60s Liz Taylor route like we noted last season.

Pete’s receding hairline and sideburns are HILAR.

Ginsberg’s tie is a typically Dylan-esque affectation.

Megan’s going a more California-inspired, Sharon Tate kind of route, which fits her character. Betty’s clearly gotten her mojo back. We’re a bit excited to see how Megan deals with a former Mrs. Draper who’s as hot as she is.

If they gave out Emmys for bitchface, January Jones would have a mantel full of them.

Peggy’s still working that Peter Pan collar, bless her.

Never gonna change.

Megan’s definitely working a showier-than-ever look. That’s partially due to the time period and her age, and partially due to her attempts to launch an acting career.

The sleeves and general shape are pure Mid-Century, but the pattern ,the curved hem of the jacket, and the giant collar give it that pre-’70s feel. You wouldn’t see this on any magazine covers, but for (somewhat) mature career women of the period, it was the perfect work outfit.


Wearing a vest for the first time, signaling his entrenched establishment lifestyle, as well as mimicking Bert and Roger.


She’s doing better. That’s more stylish and of-the-late-’60s moment than most of her other outfits. It also looks expensive.

She could wear that on the red carpet today.

Stepford wife. This period may actually be quite kind to her, if she ditches the Republican wife drag that ages her and goes for the more kittenish, slightly aristocratic styles that sprung up in this period for young or fashion-forward housewives.

Stan looks mighty fine in the beard, but his pants are hilarious.


[Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels/AMC]

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  • schadenfreudelicious

    Megan is serving up some full on Loretta Lynn/June Carter Cash hair in those party shots!

  • Sobaika

    STAN. AND HIS BEARD. Loving Joanie’s opulent garment and Meghan’s Priscilla Presley hair.

    This season can’t start soon enough!

    • filmcricket

      Priscilla Presley is where I went with Megan’s hair, too.

      Also noted that Sally’s dress calls back to Betty’s, and that Betty seems to have moved away from her signature red/dark pink lipstick to the frosted pink of the period.

    • Jacqueline Wessel

      Yes, Stan!!! I’ve always had a thing for him and I still do.

    • editrixie

      Yes! The Priscilla Presley look is super heavy here — and I LOVE it!! I so wanted to be her when I was a kid.

  • MK03

    Blue. Joan’s dress is a bold blue.

    And I love that first picture. The three important women in Don’s life, and he’s not connected to a single one of them.

  • werika

    Joan’s dress is made of satin and is royal blue; I saw a color version of these images elsewhere, I forget. They manage to dress her well on the show but alas in IRL Christina Hendricks lacks that dressing flair. Not that she should dress like she is a secretary in the 60s.

    • MilaXX

      When I saw that I thought if they removed the frou foru and it was in any fabric other than satin, that would actually be a decent RC look for her.

    • It really is a shame… Janie Bryant knows how to dress her on the show, and she always looks fabulous, but she – or whoever styles her IRL – can’t seem to get it right. Agree that she shouldn’t have to dress like her character, but SOMETHING should have rubbed off.

      • werika

        ita. imo, a lot of things should have rubbed off. I mean she’s been on the show for like 5+ years and yet she dresses irl like she doesn’t know much about silhouettes or fabric or color. She should fire her stylist or at least arrange a meeting between Janie Bryant and her stylist.

        • Just saw the color shot… that’s a GORGEOUS shade of blue. This needs to be “her” color from now on. (Christina Hendricks, I mean.)

        • formerlyAnon

          I’ve come to assume that there is something about the fit of her ‘period’ clothing she dislikes in real life – either that it is both sleek and form-fitting, or that the undergarments which give her the smooth, all-contained-and-shaped look are too restrictive. IRL she’s usually (not always) got a more blowsy, billowy look to her, even when the dress clings.

  • charlotte

    Can’t. Wait.
    I guess this is the first season that will really make us laugh about the outfits.
    Don’s sports coat from last season is nothing compared to Stan.

  • hmariec19

    I. CAN’T. WAIT.

  • The fact that they even *do* these promos makes my heart sing! The concept of a fictional television series that is such Art is sublime. I wish I could articulate my feelings with more clarity, but I’m too dazzled by the photos.

  • Veronica1022

    Am I the only one getting a Priscilla Presley vibe from Meghan? I am really feeling it, and I know that all of Janie Bryant’s costume choices are always very intentional to the story.

    • Vera L-

      total Priscilla Presley realness.

      Also, caution! High waters!

  • OMG trudy looks ADORABLE

  • golden_valley

    Those white gloves on Sally Draper zoomed me right back to that era. I had to wear them for Easter…white gloves on a 9 year old. I hated them and having my mom constantly telling me not to get them dirty.

    • Haha, some things never change. When I was a kid in the 90s, I had to wear those too for Easter Sunday.

  • I see that Stan dresses to the left.

    • My dad wore pants like that. Fortunately for my development, I could not tell which way he “dressed” in them. Stan looks like he’s “out there and LOVIN’ EVERY MINUTE OF IT!” (/Seinfeld)

      • Qitkat

        Thank goodness how my dad *dressed* was something I never knew about. Or any guy til I was much much older. Thanks to my genteel southern fifties/sixties upbringing. Sometimes I’m happy I was a bit naive.

    • Moriginal


      • I just snarfed in my drink. ::applaud::

      • SnazzyO

        Can I just say…poor Jay R. Ferguson. I mean REALLY. Wouldn’t you be a wee bit embarrassed to be dressed for display.

        I usually feel bad for Vincent Kartheiser … who seems to relish the shaved back hairlines, long sideburns and classic Pete Campbell bitchface…but Jay wins it this time. Of course Jay can always change his pants, Vincent has to wait 5 months for weird hairgrow-out.

    • OMG, that was my first husband… only the jeans were even TIGHTER.

  • mommyca

    I can look at these pictures all day 🙂 the only thing that pains me are the wrinkles in Sally Draper’s dress… I love Megan’s look and Pete’s vest reminds me of poor Lane… Betty looks awesome too….

  • The ones that are out in color, of the partners standing on the stairs…all I could see was mutha fuckin Joan.

    Why did I plan a 3 week European vacation before I knew when Mad Men came out?

    • MilaXX

      Just think of the marathon of goodness you’ll have on your DVR when you return.

    • H2olovngrl

      Is it wrong that I don’t feel sorry for you? 😉

  • Ozski

    I am personally loving Pete’s receding hairline, sideburns and double-chin. They really give the poor schmuck no charm. Also, I am STILL holding out that this will be the season where Sal comes back donning a suit that would make the ghost of Paul Lynde proud!

    • NoGovernmentName

      Sadly, I believe Matt Weiner has said that that Sal is not coming back, but we know that he hates to give anything away. Fangirls and boys everywhere would faint with joy to see Sal again.

      • Ozski

        Well, he brought back poor Paul last season and we saw Rachel make a repeat appearance after her season, so I am holding out for Sal in either Season 6 or 7! I really think the late 60’s will suit his sensibility too. I also hope that, unlike Paul, they won’t give him a tragic/pathetic storyline, but that might be asking for too much!

      • amen.

  • cowper

    I’ve been out of the Mad Men loop, but is Betty or one of the others going to start seeing a therapist soon? That started to become a trend in the 60s, right?

    • Angela_the_Librarian

      Betty saw a therapist in season 1 when she had odd spasms in her hands (probably due to anxiety) and sorta confided in a school therapist during the last season.

      • cowper

        Thanks! Waiting for one of them to get into repressed childhood memory stuff and hypnosis…that should be interesting.

        • MilaXX

          That was Roger when he dropped acid

    • MilaXX

      Betty saw a therapist in the first 2(?) seasons. Roger has dropped acid. I think they’ve covered that. Also Sally saw a therapist. I still laugh at the look she gave Betty that pretty much said, “girl you need some therapy your darn self”

  • Pants_are_a_must

    I can’t WAIT till the season actually starts and you guys resume your excellent commentary. You are half the reason I enjoy Mad Men so much.

    • I tell so many people about this blog. Especially those that say they don’t “get” MAD MEN.

  • AmeliaEve

    Oh man, I can’t stop looking at these. Really well done black and white photography can have such an air of glamor, and these look perfect for the era. everyone’s close to the camera and to one another. It’s like we are at the party with them. Swoon!

  • MilaXX

    I’m just excited for the show to return. This and Breaking Bad may console me over the fact that so many shows I liked were duds this season and a few are likely seeing their last season.

  • dickylarue

    “Nobody puts Peggy in a corner” was the first thing I thought of when I saw the shot of her sitting on the stairs. Now I need to see her do Jennifer Grey’s leap into Jon Hamm’s waiting arms for the win.

    • I wonder if it means anything that there’s no pictures of Abe. Or is he too marginal? Despite shacking up with Peggy.

  • Angela_the_Librarian

    Ooh, cannot wait for the new season. I think the claws are really going to come out this season between Betty and Megan. Can’t wait to see how the story progresses for Joan as a single mom and for Peggy striking out on her own away from her mentor.

  • Joshau Norton

    Should I be concerned that there are men in my family who STILL wear those exact same tuxedos? Shawl lapel and all.

    • Qitkat

      Why not. Some looks transcend time. These men look mighty fine to me.
      However, you have now made me realize that no one in my close family has ever owned a tuxedo, and the ones that have worn one were only for being a member of a wedding party.

      • formerlyAnon

        Some of us just keep slipping back into the peasantry, despite success of various types.

    • Nah. Just be happy you have men in the family who own tuxedos, and who wear them.

  • Can. Not. Wait! Fantastic photos. Fantastic clothes.

  • SewingSiren

    Sally looks like Caroline Kennedy from the same era.

    • Good call. She would have been roughly the same age, too.

      • Derek_anny

        I was slightly weirded out the first time I realized Sally is 10 years younger than my Grandmother.

  • PastryGoddess

    But wait…where are the color pics they released? OMG Stan is the Man with that beard

  • Rose_H_Tyler

    Oh Pete, I can’t even! So, so, awful! The rest of them look good, though I’m not a fan of this style era as much as the early 60s. But Don Draper is timeless.

  • I. CAN’T. WAIT.

    ETA: And OMG, I love Joanie’s dress in the party photos.

  • susan6

    Stan looks like Zach Galifinakis (sp?) with the beard.

    Love all the looks on the ladies.

    • Yes! I couldn’t figure out why he looked . . . familiar, but not so much like Stan.

  • crash1212

    LOVE the suit on Joanie! Can’t wait for the season to BEGIN already!

  • @tomandlorenzo: Random question – do you mean “she’s got money to spend” as in Janie Bryant, or Joan? Not really important, but I thought it can actually go either way.

  • Stan looks so damn manly with that beard.Hubba Huba!I love the twinkle in his eyes in the pic with Peggy, I just wish Harry had been airbrushed out of it.Lets hope this season is the season of Steggy!
    Betty looks a-maz-ing!The bitch is back!Megan looks like Morticia Adams, too thin and pale, not diggin it.

  • jilly_d

    I’ve always been a little more charmed by Stan than I should be, but with that beard, there is no question. I would bang that like a screen door in a hurricane.

    • NoGovernmentName

      Love your colorful use of simile. Gonna have to use it myself.

  • Meghan looks like the new Jane Sterling – overdone with huge hair. Doesn’t bode well for the marriage.

    • Megan already was the new Jane Sterling. Remember, Roger married Don’s secretary first.

  • beebee10

    I love these! Looks like Joan is spending money on clothes!
    I was not enthralled with last season, but MM is still the best, most compelling show/characters TV has to offer (in a long time IMO). Can’t wait to see how they go forward.

    ps not getting a country vibe at ALL from Meghan. I think that look is more starched, more makeup, more stiff.

  • I’m so looking forward to your fashion recaps of the new season!

  • That was also the era of polyester double knit, and Qiana jersey, which was a big, big deal then. I hope Janie Bryant uses some of those fabrics this season.

    Didn’t we see some of these photos before, the ones at the very top?

    • Actually, now that I’m looking again, it looks as though Meghan’s party dress is made of Qiana.

      And did you all notice how many empire waists there are? They always made everyone look pregnant, but it was such a big design feature at the time.

      • Spicytomato1

        Re: Empire waists. Yes, and they came in handy when you were actually pregnant. My mom was pregnant during this era — in fact the photos remind me so much of all my folks’ old snapshots, stylewise — and she looked fantastically fashionable. Although her accessories of cigarette and cocktail are worrisome by today’s standards, to say the least!

        • I didn’t smoke, but was also pregnant in 1970. But so many styles had that waistline.

  • EEKstl

    SQUEEEEEE!! Love love love, all the way around. Good to see Betty is BACK!

  • Qitkat

    Loving Peggy and Joan.
    Pete is hilarious. Bert is looking good, wish they would feature him more.
    Don and Roger, hawt and naughty looking. Yes!

  • I’m so excited for the season to begin! The clothes, the hair, the ongoing saga of Donald Draper, et al. CAN’T WAIT.

  • Spicytomato1

    Everyone looks amazing. I really love Peggy’s second look, wow! Her first look, with the Peter Pan collar, telegraphs to me a vibe that’s a little too girlish. Like maybe she’s still not hanging with the big boys, career-wise? Or maybe I’m just overthinking it. Personally, I love and always covet that style of collar.

    • formerlyAnon

      The first look is period and very Peggy – not nearly as glam or as up-to-the-minute as the other grown women. It’s almost a school jumper (American usage) turned into an evening dress. But I think she’s almost hit her stride, sartorially. Not as glam as the others, but not frumpy either – and she looks very comfortable and in her element to me, in a way the wives & ex-wives do not.

  • Connie Harbor

    Megan is workin’ that Priscilla Presley hair…

  • surfergirl70

    I have pictures of my mom from the late 60s and early 70s that are exactly like these. She had Megan’s sense of style. Love it!

  • The dress January Jones is wearing reminds me of a dress I wore to prom a few years later although mine was in a different floral fabric (chiffon, I think). The second dress she is wearing with the ruffle V-collar is reminiscent of the dress that Herb Alpert’s now ex-wife wore on the cover of the single of “This Guy’s In Love With You”.

  • 3hares

    Megan looks really hideous to me. I know she isn’t really, that this was a look of the period, but it just makes her look so heavy and haggard to me–especially in that family picture not shown here where she’s staring out like a zombie. It makes Betty look so much fresher and younger than Megan does to me (even if Betty is also wearing plenty of make-up). I saw a still of Megan from The Suitcase and though her look was more conservative she herself looked much prettier to me.

    Stan’s fetish for super tight clothes is fascinating, particularly since he started out claiming he’d rather go nude. Maybe Peggy traumatized him so much that ever since he’s needed to feel his clothes on every inch of him at all times.

    Pete’s sideburns and 3-piece pale beside the accessory that is his crazy bitch face. I’d love to know just what VK imagines when he hits those expressions. I guess he must imagine himself as Pete trying too hard to look successful and authoritative for his own company portrait and instead looking like some tiny villainous bank president from the 1920s funny papers.

  • librarygrrl64

    Am I the only one who thinks Henry is a silver-haired hottie?

    • H2olovngrl

      No, no you aren’t.

    • Mazenderan

      Have you seen the video of the cast singing Bye Bye Birdie? Henry is in it wearing modern clothes, and is indeed a hottie.

  • Peggy Olsen is the only person on Earth who would find a Peter Pan collar on formal wear.

  • MK03

    There better be at lest one overt reference to How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying this season. And Bert better at least be in the room when it’s made.

  • PrunellaV

    Megan looks like Loretta Lynn back then.

  • Eclectic Mayhem

    I love me some Ginsberg.

    Every time I look at Pete I want to punch him in the face.  And I’m really not usually given to violence…

  • golden_years

    Betty looks beautiful. I love that floral dress. Though I thought she would have grown her hair longer by now.

    Megan looks like a country singer. So much fake hair.

    I really like that suit Joan’s wearing.

  • kathrineb

    The portrait of Peggy towards the end. So much love for this kind of late 60s look!

  • These pictures don’t do justice to Harry’s new look.

  • H2olovngrl

    Stan looks like Brian Wilson in the last shot.

  • Norman Norell and Pauline Trigere for Betty. Please Janie please the world need to see those designs again

  • CarolinLA

    That’s some serious Harper Valley PTA hair Megan’s rocking.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    Ginsberg has a Ricky Ricardo jacket. Now all he needs is a pencil-thin mustache and an autographed picture of Andy Devine.

  • Josh

    Megan’s wearing a ring of glitz that is far bigger than her wedding ring, and Don has a wandering eye.

  • NoGovernmentName

    Vests were a big thing in the 60s and 70s, as were those sideburns. I remember my dad sporting those with the big horn-rimmed glasses in the 70s. Pete is going to get into those (in retrospect) hideous looks for men. Will Roger and Don stick with the classics? Or will the younger women in their lives drag them into the now-embarrassing but then-modern styles? I’m eager to see. Also, Kiernan Shipka has learned to give January Jones-level bitchface, I see. Awesome.

  • Hey everybody! I’ve missed MM and this wonderful blog about them so much. Gaga and drooling over all the great pics, I didn’t even know the season premier was coming up ’til picking up a link to this site. It’s been too long, yayyyyy! Anyhoo, my two cents is that those gabardine pants that Ginsberg is wearing are draping too much around his ankles at the cuff, circa today’s look, for them to represent how men wore slacks in the Sixties. Like a lot of fans,I too grew up in the midst of this remarkable time and it’s like watching a home movie, just with different people who’s secrets you know just as well as your family’s.

    I don’t remember seeing guys wear their pants with that much fabric in the “break” of the pants. Oooo, I gotta find a viewing party.

  • macwell

    Stan. His beard. And his Hammaconda….LOL!!

  • Caitlin O’Brien

    I have to say, TLo, you did a fabulous job on this post. I look back each week while reading the thoughtful “Mad Style” posts and am amazed how much insight you have without having seen a single second of the season. The Megan/Sharon Tate was spot on, as is Betty/Stepford. Kudos, I remain a very loyal fan.