Since Mad Men hit the air in 2007, it feels like half of the praise the show receives is about its stunning--and stunningly accurate--costumes.
And if you read our Mad Men Style Recaps, you know we're big fans of the woman behind those wares, costume designer Janie Bryant. But while we've documented the on-air style of Mad Men's women quite regularly, we've been fairly quiet about what they wear off screen. Thus, in honor of last night's season finale, we've tracked the evolution of their red carpet style.
Christina Hendricks' character, Joan Harris, might be one of those most stylish women in the Sterling Cooper Draper Price office. In real life, Hendricks' red carpet looks compliment her curvy figure like no other. We're especially loving her in the purple gown by Zac Posen she wore to the 2010 Emmy Awards and the Christian Siriano dress she wore to the 2010 Golden Globes Award show. (Even if some other people didn't.)
When Elisabeth Moss's character, Peggy Olson, started working at Sterling Cooper Draper Price, she was plainer than she was pretty. But off screen Moss knows how to get dolled up. Our favorite has to be the Donna Karan dress she wore to the 2010 Emmy Awards. With beautifully styled hair and makeup, this look was award winning in itself.
We love everything January Jones' character, Betty Draper, wears on Mad Men. Her classic '50s style is perfect in every way. Off air, the Grace Kelly look-alike still manages to dress perfectly on the red carpet. Jones looked especially amazing in the Atelier Versace dress she wore to the 2009 Emmy Awards. Apparently, Jones doesn't have even have a stylist, so bravo to that.
Kiernan Shipka, the actress who plays the increasingly compelling Sally Draper, looks cute wherever she goes. As we watch the actress grow on screen, and off, her style has evolved. But still manages to look age-appropriate. Our favorite look? The little white dress she wore to the 2010 Emmy Awards, which looked like something she'd wear on the show.