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Mad Men Fashion Finale: Betty's Plaid Dress and Cashmere Coat

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Costume designer Janie Bryant's clothing selections for the characters on Mad Men are a lot more profound than the casual observer may pick up on. Check out this analysis of the season finale—emotional parallels and family conflict are embodied and conveyed in two simple garments worn by Betty Francis at the end of last week's episode. We can't wait for next season:

Betty had one of my favorite scenes ever when she curled up on Sally's bare mattress. Take a look and you'll notice it's almost a mirror image of last week's episode, when Sally lies down on her bed crying. Betty's even wearing a blue plaid dress that's a grown-up version of her daughter's, further drawing parallels between Betty's frustrated, out-of-control state and that of a child trapped in mid-tantrum: a grown woman in the sixties, confined to a tiny pink room. At the close of the episode, putting Betty in the blue cashmere coat she's had since Season 1 was a nice way to end her time in Don's house. Everything is so different, but she hasn't changed.
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