Friday, November 11, 2011

Style Clashes With Culture in Pan AM

Retro TV shows are all the rage and with them, the stylish clothes from their time period. From Pan Am, to Mad Men to Boardwalk Empire, it seems you can't flip open a TV Guide without running into a period show with a huge costume budget. But while the outfits may be stylish, as Elizabeth Wellington writes for, the gender politics certainly weren't.

Bras were pointy and tight. Girdles, a far cry from the malleable shapewear of today, were downright painful. And girdles were required. For example, during Sunday night's
Pan Am episode, Christina Ricci's character, Maggie, reminded a colleague that an attendant caught without her girdle would be fired.

Read More: Mirror, Mirror: Pan Am clothes classy, 60's customs, not so much

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