By Mariela Limon |Staff Writer|
The popularity of television shows and fashion go hand in hand. It is impossible to imagine that one could survive without the other.
In many ways they set the standard as to what is in and what is out in the fashion industry.
In recent years shows such as Mad Men, Downton Abbey and Boardwalk Empire, all period dramas, have acclaimed audiences of all ages.
With such good ratings one can only wonder if the show’s fashion sense influences its viewers?
What is she wearing on tonight’s episode? I love those shoes! Where can I buy that bag?
Mad Men for example has already influenced the fashion industry with clothing lines carried by Banana Republic. According to Women’s Wear Daily the clothing line is already on it’s third collection.
The shows creators seem to approve of this decision because the shows costume designer has been apart of the team to create the show’s inspired clothing line.
The collection is set to hit stores in March of next year, and will be inspired by the character Megan Draper played by French-Canadian actress Jessica Paré.
But although time period dramas can influence trends, at times these pieces of clothing can cost too much for the college student budget. Mad Men’s clothing line according to Women’s Wear Daily ranges from $29 to $375.
Dana Rivas, a senior at CSUSB believes that the TV shows she views can influence her fashion sense. “I would probably dress similar, but I don’t have the money to buy it,” said Rivas.
Etsy, an online store in which you can buy and sell homemade creations is the perfect site for all those who wish to buy clothing inspired by these television shows. The prices of the items vary, but are better for CSUSB students who are on a budget.
A simple search of “Mad Men” on Etsy brings up results that range from clothing, to accessories, to home decor.
These shows have created an online sensation among viewers. Viewers chime in on celebrating their devotion and adoration of their favorite period piece shows by making hand-made costumes or paintings and drawings.
Makeup and accessories are also a huge commodity among the viewers who like the style.
Downton Abbey, who’s recent recognition for being an early 1900s period piece set in Britain, has also started a trend especially on the natural looking makeup that most of the characters have. YouTube users create tutorial videos that teach people how to get the look.
Downton Abbey’s clothing influence isn’t as popular because it is much more reserved than Mad Men’s 60s and Boardwalk Empires 20s.