MadMen Comes to Huntington

By Jack Houvouras

Photos courtesy of Rick Lee

Spring signals the arrival of warmer temperatures, flowering trees and the smell of fresh-cut grass. It’s also the time of year when AMC’s wildly popular television series Mad Men returns to the airwaves. Set in New York in the 1960s, the sexy, stylized and provocative drama follows the lives of the ruthlessly competitive men and women of Madison Avenue advertising. The award-winning drama is the first basic cable series ever to win the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series in four consecutive years.

Part of the allure of the self-described “Mad Men” is the fashion and lifestyle associated with the period. As far as the show is concerned, the 1960s was a time when men wore dashing suits, women dressed to the nines and everyone drank and smoked cigarettes.

To celebrate the return of Mad Men, which premiered April 7, we decided to see what it would be like to bring the look and feel of the 1960s here to Huntington. We tracked down some vintage clothing and asked a handful of local residents to model them for us at the former Frederick Hotel. Set against this ideal backdrop, we then asked our Photo Editor Rick Lee to capture the magic of this era. We call this photo homage “Mad Men Comes to Huntington.”

Rebecca Randolph

Rebecca Randolph
Huntington resident Rebecca Randolph, wearing a vintage white V-neck dress, poses at the bar inside 21 at the Frederick.

Jim Weiler

Jim Weiler
Jim Weiler, posing at the Frederick, looks every bit the dashing executive in a vintage tie and suit provided by Wright’s.

Jennifer Seay

Jennifer Seay
Jennifer Seay, photographed in a retro apartment at the Frederick, is ready for a mod party in a coral dress by Village Collection.

Jaye Ike

Jaye Ike
Jaye Ike, posing at a vanity in the Frederick’s retro apartment, accessorizes her vintage-style dress with classic pearls.

Bob Hardwick

Bob Hardwick
Bob Hardwick looks distinguished in a vintage tie and suit by Wright’s while enjoying and drink and smoke in the lobby of the Frederick.

Mad Men® is a registered trademark owned by American Movie Classics Company. It is used for an ongoing television series dealing with a fictional advertising agency during the 1960s.

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