Sunday, June 3, 2012

Mad Men: The doll versions Mattel would not approve

Michael Williams is a very talented guy - if you read the blog, you will have seen his incredible photography and styling in the post about Jonathan Adler, one of the most popular posts ever in my blog. He is a fan of Mad Men as I am and had done an incredible photoshoot re-creating characters and sets along with many other talented people for Haute Doll magazine in 2010. But after last weeks incredible 11th episode of the 5th season of Mad Men, he was inspired to present all female stars of the series as they have evolved now.

Michael's layouts are ironic and stylish, presenting very cleverly the series' characters in doll form. Let's start with Joan Harris - the femme fatale of the series, who makes a major move - for her career, her life, her reputation. He restyled Dusk to Dawn Silkstone Barbie and she wears a OOAK little black dress from Marirose with a black fur coat from Coquette Cissy. The stroller is the Sindy baby carriage from the UK, repainted black.

Next up is the Other Woman (the title of the crucial episode in the series), Peggy Olson. Peggy is the BFMC Continental Holiday Silkstone Barbie in a Randall Craig cardigan sweater, Something Cool Isha Fashion Royalty convention bodysuit, Tiny Kitty "Perfect Knit" wool skirt, thermos from a Beverly Hillbillies Lunchbox keychain re-covered in custom plaid print; Jason Wu Event III FR Dark Medley Missima Luxury Accessory pack handbag, RE-MENT popcorn, Barbie Generation Girl Lara artist easel, custom-printed story boards.

Meghan Draper is the third star of the series: the doll is Kate Spade Barbie on a Dynamite Girl body wearing vintage Barbie Lemon Kick minidress that was photoshopped (not dyed) black; accessories include a RE-MENT sherbet and Isha script.

The Ex Mrs. Draper is Betty Francis. She is the Mattel Betty Draper Silkstone wearing Ken Rally Day coat, Barbie & Kelly Children's Doctor scale, Alfred Hitchcock The Birds purse, BFMC New York Yorkie scarf, Fashion Royalty skirt, RE-MENT whip cream and sundaes.

And finally little Miss Draper, Sally. Michael used the 1969 Dramatic New Living Skipper doll wearing Skipper Dreamtime #1909 pajamas with Skipper Me 'N My Doll miniature Barbie. What a gal.

Michael once again had done an incredible job - his photography and styling are impeccable and make me drool and want these dolls.  And, as Joan below proves, humour is always a major element of his work.

As a final note, here are some photos of his previous Mad Men photo session, for Haute Doll Magazine. The doll posing as Joan is the same used in the photos above.

Photos ©Michael Williams/ (for the Mad Men ladies) and © Michael Williams/ for Haute Doll Magazine for the last three photos.


  1. Hello from Spain: in my country just issued the first and second episode of the fifth season of this series. It's my favorite series. The argument, styles, pictures are always wonderful. Michael Williams does a wonderful job comparing the characters of the series with Barbies. Thank you for showing the work of Michael. Keep in touch

  2. Fabulous post--I missed the original article, and love these remakes even more than the originals! :)

  3. I love those remakes! Great Job!!