Fashion Inspiration: “Donna” on AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire

halt-and-catch-fire-season-1-spotify-donna-200Wow, long time no blog post! I promise you I have been sewing. I haven’t had the opportunity to photograph my projects in a while, nor the time to write anything interesting about them.

Most devastating of all was my inability to make the dress I wanted for the MadMen III Challenge. Those turned out amazing! But recently I have been really inspired by another new AMC show Halt and Catch Fire. I have yet to find anyone on the internet discussing the fashion in depth as they do for every episode of MadMen. Some investigation into that will have to happen soon on my part, because two of the four lead characters are female and they have really great (though totally opposite) 80’s styles. I relate to both aesthetics but in terms of sewing projects I would gravitate to, it is definitely all about Donna

This is exactly how my mom dressed as a young mother and wife. I have a tea length, high-waisted, dusty rose skirt she made. I wear that thing all the time and Donna’s character makes me itch to make some 80’s inspired pieces of my own!

My original instinct with sewing projects was to go really conservative and vintage. As I have done more production sewing for designers in Portland, I have started gravitating toward more easy-to-wear modern sewing projects. Mostly crop tops. Lots and lots of crop tops. But I still really love how much care and effort went into vintage clothes like what I have seen Donna wear. And the fact that, though retail chains were certainly popular by this point in time, all of her clothing looks like it definitely could have been handmade. I feel like it wasn’t until the mid-eighties that the trend of sewing your own clothes really fell off. Does anyone have any thoughts on that?

The thing that is really striking to me as millennial who didn’t truly live though the 80’s is how freaking classy Donna’s style is. It actually feels really 70’s, like she is the conservative mother whose style isn’t as cutting edge as the other spunky young female lead, Cameron.

Anyway, here are some shots of Donna that I pulled from the internetz. I’ll remember to screenshot her the next time I watch an episode.

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Clearly a lot of frilly white blouses and high-waisted pencil skirts. Her style shows her maturity, her poise, her elegance, her femininity, her power, her purity of heart, her experience… I don’t know, there is just something that I really relate to in it all.

It is frustrating to me that her character is underrated not only in the narrative of the show, but in the articles I have read that are supposed to be analyzing the show. At this exact point in time I can also really relate to a woman who works her ass off, is fucking amazing, and is totally undervalued by everyone around her. I hope she gets some attention soon, and more than just on my silly little blog.

Would you feel inclined to make any of these pieces and style them in a more modern way?

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