Banana Republic’s Mad Men Collection by Janie Bryan now available

Fashion cliché though it may be, The Fashion Police are big fans of Mad Men. And, it goes without saying that we’re also big fans of Mad Men’s fashion, from Betty Draper’s prom dresses and capri’s, to Joan’s wiggle dresses, and everything in between. So we we were naturally pleased to learn that the show’s costume designer, Janie Bryan, was working with Banana Republic, to create a Mad Men inspired collection, which goes on sale today.

As you’d expect (and probably hope) from a collection designed to be worn by women living in 2011, rather than in the 1960s, the clothes are a much less literal interpretation of the styles seen on the show, so you shouldn’t feel too much like you’re in costume when you’re wearing them. In fact, take away the 60s styling in the images, and you’re left with items that don’t actually look too different from the kind of things we’re used to seeing in stores anyway.

Prices start at around $50 for a top, rising to $150 for dresses, and up to $200 for coats, so it’s not exactly bargain basement, although, then again, we’ve never exactly considered Banana Republic to be a “budget” store, anyway.

At the moment, the collection is only available on the brand’s US website, with no word on whether it’ll filter through to the European site. It’s limited edition, though, so we’re going to guess “no”, although we’d be happy to discover otherwise.

What do you think of this collection? Will you be buying anything?

Click here to take a look.

8 Comments

  • August 11, 2011

    C

    It’s all very pretty. But why would I pay $89 (or over €60) for a polyester top?
    I’d rather save a bit and pay more for a better fabric.

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  • August 11, 2011

    cmap

    I already have a ton of pieces like this. I like the highwater pants, though. The price is always slightly high, but if you use your banana card you get discounts.

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  • August 11, 2011

    Zoe

    They are lovely, but I’m just not getting the Mad Men connection. I’m sorry, but I don’t think Betty Draper would wear leopard print, even it was in pastel colors. Personally, I want that literal interpretation of Joan’s wardrobe. She is more or less my fashion icon

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  • August 12, 2011

    Daisy

    The collection is nice, but I’m a bit underwhelmed. Like you said yourself, you can get the same styles in other highstreet shops, and for a lot less money at that.

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  • August 12, 2011

    Brie

    I am so over the whole early 60s look. It has been done to death and I have to admit to be a bit weirded out about why a modern woman would want to dress an era that was so horrible in how it treated women.

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    • August 13, 2011

      Zoe

      Because the clothes were pretty?

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  • August 12, 2011

    Kerry

    I absolutely love the early 60s style and find it works perfectly as my work wardrobe, whereas I draw more from the 50s for my weekend wear. But while I love the concept above and some of the individual pieces, I have found many more stunning 60s pieces by thrifting and buying online, none of which cost anywhere near $50-$150. Same look, lower price, and far more variety.

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  • August 12, 2011

    Serinde

    dull, dreary and boring. And the ‘sixties glam’ just makes them look… odd.

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