“Mad Men” Casting Call by Banana Republic

July 26th, 2010

Banana Republic is holding a Mad Men contest where the winner will receive a walk-on roll in the popular AMC series, to be filmed during the summer of 2011. The top 10 vote-getting gents and the top 10 vote-getting gent-ettes will be passed on to the producers, who will choose a winner. Runners-up will be chosen online by public vote. At first, I thought they were looking for someone who exemplified the “Mad Men” look in dress, styling and overall physical appearance (It doesn’t matter if you are heavy or thin, but the folks who can carry off the look.)

First, if you’d like to enter, go to Banana Republic and pick up a Mad Men Style Guide.  In it, you will receive a code. Enter the code on the website when you enter the contest. The Style Guide features photos from the show, but also points out which Banana Republic items that tend to veer towards the Mad Men style, in their opinion.

In further reading, “Does the photo reflect the “Mad Men” style – 60%; originality 40%. ” is the main criteria. So, in other words, it doesn’t matter if you have the clothes and “look” down pat, the photo has to be expertly composed, set-dressed and professional. I am sure the winner will be dressed in frockery chosen by the wardrobe department and won’t necessarily wear their own clothing, but I don’t think it means that submitting a recent generic head shot will do it. In other words, this is not a cattle call, but some artistry is involved.   Like any contest, there are plenty of folks who didn’t get the memo and upload a recent head shot styled in full 2010 style.  There are some very interesting entries, but I wonder if it is going to come down to the skill of the photographer and a stylist versus the contest going to someone who just plain dresses like that everyday.  We shall see.

Are you throwing your hat in the ring?  If so, drop a note to vintagent at gmail dot com and point yourself out.  If we think we know you, we’ll give you a plug.

Right now, the “Hey, I know you!” plug goes to Twila Jean aka Exquisite Bones on Twitter, Etsy and other places.  CLICK HERE to vote for her. Now, to find a guy to root for…

Sale of the Summer at PastPerfect Vintage

July 26th, 2010

A little birdie told me that Past Perfect Vintage was having a summer sale, featuring up to 50% off vintage clothing and 40% off vintage patterns.  There are some fine selections including several well-tailored suits for men as well as an abundance of ties.  The selection of ladieswear is not too shabby, either!

I spied many 40s era and later ties in the $5 range and some suits in the $20-30 range.   Everything is zipping out of their fast, so hurry.  Three more items just sold while I was composing this quick bulletin. If you are familiar with the shop, the proprietress always features well-researched antique and vintage clothing in fabulous condition.

Visit Pastperfectvintage.Etsy.com and tell them that a little birdie at VintageGent’s Menswear Daily sent you. No, you don’t have to say that and no, there is no special prize if you do. I just know most folks like to know how their customers found out about them. Hop to it and don’t miss it!

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