All photos via Pan Am on Facebook
If you have already discovered Pan Am, you will understand me when I say that this show is my methadone to Mad Men. Having hungrily devoured every season of Mad Men, I was very excited when I heard about Pan Am. The programme follows the day to day life and adventures of a Pan Am flight crew in the 1960s. While at first I did not find this to be the most captivating plot line, the show is full of espionage, politics and romance all done in a delightfully light hearted way. Whereas Mad Men revolves around complex human relationships, Pan Am is worth watching for the drama and entertainment value, and of course the costumes.
With a high production value equal to Mad Men, the costumes in Pan Am are no exception. However, the difference in the costumes in Pan Am is that they seem more life like than in Mad Men. This of course is to do with the fact that the show has a better variation of characters to Mad Men so therefore their wardrobes are casual and varied in contrast to the more stiff, formal attire of the characters in Mad Men. Fans of Betty Draper's style might find a kindred spirit in the character of Laura Cameron who is almost like a younger and more naive version of Betty. Laura's style resembles that of Sophia Loren and Grace Kelly, with bombshell dresses for the evening and shirt dresses, tailored sheath dresses and cardigan and capris combos for day wear. Her character's style is a more relaxed, sexier version of Betty Draper.
What I really like about the styles of the characters in the show is that their wardrobes are not one dimensional. In Mad Men, the leading ladies wardrobes were very one sided; ladylike and demure for Betty, sultry for Joan and librarian chic for Peggy. While this is all well and good, in reality we will find that our wardrobes reflect our many personalities and this is something I find is done well in Pan Am. An example of this is the wardrobe of Maggie Ryan who's wardrobe is half Greenwich Village Beatnik and half First Lady Jackie Kennedy. Fans of Audrey Hepburn might find themselves with a soft spot for French beauty, Colette Valois whose effortless elegance and sweet persona is reminiscent of the doe eyed Audrey.
Those that are yet to watch the show, be warned that the show will have you thirsting for a shopping spree, I know that this has certainly been the case with me. I'm certain that if Mr Darcy reads this he will never download the show again...I would love to hear your thoughts if you have been following the show like I have! For those in the US, the show airs on Sundays (not sure which network), and those outside of the US will be able to download the show on Monday nights.