The 2013 Banana Republic ‘Mad Men’ Collection

Posted on March 25, 2013

Designed exclusively by Banana Republic in collaboration with Mad Men® costume designer Janie Bryant — a modern take on the razor-sharp tailoring and polished silhouettes of 1960s style.



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  • thelovelydove

    Sharp, tailored, bold, and gorgeous!
    I especially love that last look–and the print!

  • MilaXX

    The collections are always really cute, but the dresses/skirts are way too short for my taste. Then again, I’m not a 20 something which I assume is the targeted audience.

    • thelovelydove

      It’s a ’60s-inspired collection, of course the hemlines will be short.

      • MilaXX

        All the collections JB has done for BR are short, even the previous 50’s inspired fashions.

        • thelovelydove

          The dresses in the ads are probably in the smallest sizes and that model is probably around 5’10. I went to Banana Republic with a tall friend yesterday and the dresses weren’t too short on her.

          Granted, I don’t have to worry about short hemlines–I’m only 5’2.

        • gabbilevy

          Nope. I own one of the dresses from the first collection, and the hem is below my knees. (And I’m of average height)

          • MilaXX

            Must have been the one dress I missed because me & my 5’7″ friend went looking last year and everything was above the knee.

          • gabbilevy

            Bought mine two years ago, different collection? It’s the navy and black houndstooth dress. I LOVE it.

          • MilaXX

            Perhaps. I just recall shopping last year so it’s entirely possible.

    • AnneNotHathaway

      I am a 20 something, but I think the fact that I have Joan-ish breasts immediately means I’d look like either a sack of potatoes or a tart in any of them. Still, very sharp. I especially like the blue suit, which gives me JGL vibes (the best kind of vibes).

      • not_Bridget

        These look like “Megan” fashions. Definitely not for Joan or even Betty. (Who will probably have slimmed down this season–but is still married to a Republican politico.)

    • I’m not 20-something, but I love this collection. The only reason why I wouldn’t wear the dresses/skirts is because I’m already freakishly tall; they’d be obscenely short on me.

    • I like the dresses too, but agree way too short for work which is where I would wear them.

    • MK03

      I’m in my 20s and I’m consistently disappointed by these collections. I hate the “modern twist” they always have; the reason I like the costumes on the show so much is because they DON’T have those awful touches like exposed seams and huge, visible zippers and raw edges. If they offered replicas of the costumes actually in the series, they would CLEAN UP. I would seriously cut a bitch for Joan’s pink and purple dress from season 1, or Peggy’s black-and-white plaid dress.

      • sweetlilvoice

        Amen. I own the Joan Barbie (yes, I’ll admit it!) and I admire her adorable purple/pink dress every day. I would love to own that outfit for me. I’m a modern Joan myself.

  • libraangel

    Sorry, I don’t want to relive the early 60’s (even thought I was a kid) – it was bad enough the first time.
    p.s. Is the model Coco Rocha?

    • schadenfreudelicious

      yes it’s Coco

  • Funkykatt

    My aunt, who is only seven years older than I, was in high school during this time and that’s exactly how she dressed. She was so groovy.

  • BobStPaul

    They reflect the era without going overboard and overall they’re really chic. I really like them all – a lot.

  • NDC_IPCentral

    I like the white-with-narrow-vertical-black-stripes shift, but otherwise, denizen as I am of the ’50s and ’60s (the latter being my teenage years), I’m not particularly whelmed.

    Whether intentional or accidental, both models, male and female, photograph in that unfortunate lollipop-head-on-a-stick fashion. Their heads seem too large for their very thin bodies.

  • Looks like Rob and Laura Petrie, That Girl and Samantha Stephens.

  • This collection is adorable. I saw the green dress in person, and it’s really, really cute.

    I HATE the hatchet job the photoshopping did on the female model.

  • crash1212

    If there had been a carefully crafted, painstakingly perfect spit curl fashioned in his hair, the guy in the first panel would resemble quite closely my oldest brother – he was in love with and wore until threadbare, his madras sport coat.

  • Missy Covington

    All the green things can belong to me. 🙂

  • Jessi03

    Those clothes are supercute. I can’t get over how much he looks like Darren Criss if DC could model, and how much she looks like Alaska Thunderf**k, especially in that first picture!

    • MK03

      I would seriously love to see Alaska and Sharon do a shoot in these. Just to see what their crazy little minds would come up with.

      • StellaZafella

        They’d have to buy the clothes because Banana Republic would never get them back from those two in re-usable condition! ;>)

  • Cute enough, but not exceptional for me to run out and get any of it.

  • This is a very cute collection. Nice interpretation of the mid-to late ’60’s looks. I especially love the shoes. I had little heels like those when I was in high school.

  • YoungSally

    Well — I think I know how NY City Center Encores found some of its costumes for last night’s “It’s a bird, it’s a plane” revival….Lois Lane’s first outfit looks remarkably similar to the green dress with the white trim

  • BuffaloBarbara

    Adorable clothes. Really odd camera angles that make people look like they have giant heads.

    • They’re mimicking the photographic style of this time period. Look at almost any pic of Twiggy or Jean Shrimpton and they’re photographed that way.

      • Vlasta Bubinka

        yeah and I get that’s why they use that wide-eyed open mouthed gamine thing…. still seems infantilizing

        • j_anson

          I don’t think “avoid being infantilizing” was the first thing on the mind of 60s photographers shooting female models.

          • Vlasta Bubinka

            true then…. but why mine THAT bit now????

          • j_anson

            Because “avoid being infantilizing” still isn’t the first thing on the mind of photographers shooting female models? 🙂

          • Vlasta Bubinka



        • AnaRoW

          Weird, I was thinking that was a blow-up doll expression rather than infantilizing. I suppose I can see it though I’m even more creeped out than I was.

          • Vlasta Bubinka

            I do what I can to make the world a more twisted space.

    • andreawey

      lollipop people!

  • Cz

    I love all of this and I adore Coco.

    • Are you watching The Face on Oxygen? If not, you must as a Coco fan. 🙂

      • rococodada

        I’m hooked on The Face! And Coco is my super-duper favorite!

        • I hope they give it a second season. Rooting for Team Coco/Margaux in the finale.

  • My 12-year-old boy is gonna swoon over that madras jacket. Okay, maybe “swoon” is the wrong word. More like bug the hell out of me until I purchase it for him (or one like it since I assume this collection doesn’t come in wee sizes).

  • I LOVE that green! My fave color, and it brings out my eyes!

  • StellaZafella

    Boy or Girl, I wasn’t into 60’s or much 70’s fashion when it was NEW. (I spent those two decades honing my skill at redefining “vintage” fashion from the 40’s and earlier.) However, these look cute – “cute” in an “okay it’s good” way…not “cute” as in, “That’s cute, now go back upstairs and change”

    The lady model probably has been Photoshopped to the point of an emaciated Jane Tree…or they’ve used a wide angle lens at close range so she looks like she’s been photographed through a fishbowl.
    The guy model has only one facial expression, or his left eyebrow is indicating a seizure. He looks like the kind of guy who says things like “tighty whiteys”…alot

    • RedRaven617

      I was wondering what made it look like her head was pasted on someone else’s body. Reminds me of that elf video when you can paste any face you want. (Jim Jam?)

    • Bree The Vole

      Coco Rocha has been very tiny forever. Just check her instagram:

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    Love some of the prints but they’re all so teeny tiny and skinny and short. Saving money on the fabric, maybe?

  • I don’t particularly care for the clothes, but the way Coco is inhabiting a character and acting the hell out of these photos makes me annoyed at all the actors in magazines who can’t give face.

    • Who cares about the clothes, let’s just watch her!


  • formerlyAnon

    They got the feel right with these, that’s for sure.

    Nothing to say about him. I like her hair while recognizing that has as much to do with a nostalgia for Barbara Feldman as Agent 99 as the hair. I’m left sad for another generation of women. These body conscious looks that are unflattering on any but the sparest figure were hard enough to live up to when the models had to have the genetics & starve to show them off. Now photoshop can take over where genetics & dieting leave off. Another generation dissatisfied with their perfectly healthy bodies.

  • is it the camera angle, or bad photoshopping, cause that girls waist is about as wide as her head.

  • Guest

    i am a twenty-something, but i’ve tried on a couple of these dresses, and they are wayyyy too long on me (although i am 5’2″, so make of that what you will) XP

  • AuntHo

    BR rant alert! It’s official: haven’t we seen everything above a hundred times before, done better (J.Crew) or yucky (print jersey rack at Marshall’s)? Total lack of the detail, quality and creativity that hooked me on the BR Monogram line and collections in the first place.

    I should maybe pay more attention, because I used to live and breathe BR as a college workday girl, but this collection does nothing to dispel my sense that somewhere in the last 3 years, they lost a really good creative director. I have a few of their dresses and trenches from 2008ish that still look great, but now I walk in a store and have to leave 10 minutes later feeling dumber: should have gone straight to Target so I could get groceries with my low-rent knockoffs and Xhilaration separates. At least Target’s prices are commensurate with its bullshit. As T.Lo said in another post: it hurts my feelings. Weirdly, GAP seems to be doing a much better job than BR at focusing on trends that span demographics and seasons with creativity and taste. Yeah, yeah, it’s all incestuous derivative work from the Thai sweatshops, but I’ll take the quality (and price) cut to wear something that doesn’t pretend to be new and exciting. Seriously with the plastic necklaces and tshirt?

    Thank you, I feel better.

    • beadskrit

      I agree entirely–also, glad to have confirmation that I haven’t been imagining a big change in BR offerings in the last 3-4 years.

      I’d add that these Mad Men collections usually include things we’ve seen BR do before. I have a dress I bought a few years ago, and the next year their first Mad Men collection featured the exact same dress. A lot of this collection seems awfully similar to clothes they were selling last year without Janie Bryant’s name attached.

  • hillmad

    I was there in the 60s and I don’t remember even Twiggy being that emaciated. Truly, that’s all I could see. I have no idea what these clothes would look like on a typical human woman.

    • SouthernGirlRena

      That was my thought too. I love the green sweater with black and white stripped pants but I would look like a water buffalo in those pants. And i think I am fairly average size (6-8).

    • BrooklynBomber

      Just google Twiggy images, and you’ll remember how she got her name!

    • charlotte

      She’s really skinny, but I do think people jump to the term “emaciated” too quickly. Maybe she is healthy the way she is? That doesn’t mean I support the use of models who look like they haven’t eaten in a week, I just don’t like the skinny snarking I see on this page far too often.

    • Airkisses

      I was distracted by how skinny she is by the very first picture. And yet, her arms and legs don’t seem anorexic-thin… I’ve seen worse in Victoria’s Secret and some of the recent NYFW posts. Then again, she DOES look like a bobble head in most of these pictures.

      I’m meh on the collection, but the accessories look fun.


    • MilaXX

      Because Banana Republic doesn’t acknowledge above a 16

  • i want to slap their smarmy little faces RIGHT OFF THE COMPUTER.

  • Don Draper he’s not.

  • Nicholas

    I just want to give some huge props to the female model who is selling the hell out of those clothes.

  • PastryGoddess

    Love and want it all. Hate the ladyshoes though

    Coco gets a WERQ!

  • nancymae

    Is it just me or could the red head be Alaska’s sharp and sassy sister? Look at that second pic and tell me I’m wrong!

  • filmcricket

    Getting some serious Lady Miss Kier vibes from the girl. I like these a lot more than previous iterations of the MM collection, which relied so much on the styling to make them look ‘vintage.’ Also, love the green. Sadly could not wear any of it, not that I’d pay BR prices for GAP quality clothes anyway.

    • MissAmynae

      HA! glad i scrolled down- totally agree on the Lady Miss Kier. groove is in the heaaarrr-ah ya ya yart.

  • I NEED that green dress with the white trim, like, yesterday.

  • conniemd

    Really like.Totally updates the feel.

  • I’m-a-gonna’ go get me that green and blue dress. So much more fun than last year’s collection.

  • j_anson

    “Oh, I like your outfit too, except when I dress up as a [hipster douchebag], I try not to look so constipated.”

  • kathrineb

    LOVE the simple green shift dress!

  • Too costumey.

  • I think the guy’s outfits work better.

  • guest2visits

    I always like Banana Republic and these are ‘cool’ too. Especially cute the outfit in the bean bag.

  • jw_ny

    love everything! 🙂

  • laurenoodle

    – I have an irrational hatred of Coco Rocha
    – I tried on the green dress with the white trim. Hugely vanity sized, the 0 was a massive sack on me and I usually wear a 2.

  • librarygrrl64

    What about those of us who are more Joan-shaped?

  • The women’s clothing is FABULOUS! I’m slightly underwhelmed by the men’s.

  • i love coco!!!!!!!!!!

  • golden_years

    I’ve never understood the fuss made over these collections just because they have Mad Men written on the label. There are plenty of clothes just like this that are made better and cheaper.

  • Anniebet


  • I like a lot of these. However, as I found out recently, Banana Republic thinks women don’t have boobs. I am now a size 8, but I have big boobs. I went all the way up to size 12 in dresses at Banana Republic, and I still couldn’t even zip any of the dresses up. Seriously, 2 sizes up and none of them would even zip up! I have no problem buying pants or skirts at BR. But, I can’t fit a dress there for anything. Walked down the mall to Ann Taylor and realized I could fit their size 10 with no problem. I could even zip up the size 8, though it was tight across my chest.

    In short, sizing is crazy. And I wish designers knew women have boobs.

    • sweetlilvoice

      As one large breasted girl to another—Indeed! How dare we have breasts? I go through this constantly.

    • khh1138

      Sing it, sister.
      I saw a commercial on TV the other day that featured 4 absolutely FLAT women. Not that there’s anything wrong with that – but I just thought – wow, no room in those shirts for a goodly part of me. Couldn’t they have included at least one woman with a *tiny* bit of something up front to show their designers know that’s where the breasts go?

  • I actually looked at the first picture and thought “MATT SMITH!” Am I the only one?

  • Laylalola

    They don’t have to look so cheap.

    Separately, I was just re-watching last season and realized with shock that the lesbian at LIFE magazine on Mad Men is the same actress who plays Shoshanna on Girls — unbelievable. It’s not just that the characters are so dramatically different, the actress changes her voice, elocution, physical tics, etc., to such a degree I had to Google to make sure it’s her (Zosia Mamet).

  • sweetlilvoice

    Sadly, nothing special. I already have more vintage looking stuff in my closet now. And you could buy any of that stuff anywhere.

  • hellkell

    This is uninspired and boring. I’ve seen this a million times before. Why does this look like a junior fashion design student’s collection?

  • korilian

    Am I the only one who thought that these were the latest Doctor Who cast promo’s after seeing that first pic? I nerd gasped!

  • ccm800

    Coco. Why models should model and actors should act. perfect.

  • i like the clothes but is the girl real or a stick figure drawing? gosh!!

  • oldbobbydraper

    i HATE coco rocha and her alleged modeling “skills”.

  • allie wallie

    The angles and photoshopping here make me uncomfortable. She looks like she has Barbie proportions.

  • Very mod, I like it.