Sunday, August 11, 2019

Making Maisel Marvelous Exhibit The Paley Center for Media

Is there anyone not watching The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon? Well, if you are not, you are missing one heck of a show. It takes place in the best city in the world (NYC), an Upper West Side housewife (Rachel Brosnahan) with impeccable fashion sense in the 1950's (best era I think) loves being funny. She finds herself doing stand-up after her husband leaves her, and gains a very skilled manager named Susie (aka Alex Borstein from Family Guy & MADtv). It's first season began November 2017, and after hearing so much about it, I decided to check it out. I fell completely in love  along with everyone else. Midge's (the housewife) father is the fantastic actor Tony Shaloub (Monk) and her mother is Marin Hinkle (Two & a Half Men). 

The show is just so different on so many levels. The writing is fantastic and the comedy is golden. Then there is the fabulous era of the 1950's in New York City, the vibe - the cars - the home decor - the shopping - the music - the FASHION - 

This past Saturday, the Paley Center opened a FREE exhibit about the show. I never stand in lines for anything but I stood for this, only about 25 minutes or so, on a very HOT day in August (I never visit in August) in New York City. It did not disappoint.  If you are a fan of this show, and you can get to this exhibit, do so. You will have a smile on your face from the time you walk in until the time you leave. It is truly MARVELOUS! 
My first time here, as I say, so much to do in this city and never enough time 
The line to get in of dedicated fans, some who were dressed in vintage styles which was so darn cool 

The Arthritis Telethon where Midge does her comedy bit is the first part of sets you see. It is done with so much detail.  

You can pose here and show up on the telethon tv - not my cup of tea but many did and it was fun  

The fashion. Costume designer Donna Zakowska who is from Brooklyn, is a pure genius. 

Zakowska said she leads a crew of at least 25 people on set to dress the principal players and the extras in hundreds of costume changes. She pays strict attention to detail, even for day players, who often wear 1950′s outfits found in vintage stores or the internet. But most of the clothes worn by the principal characters are designed by Zakowska. One of the most important accessories on the show is the underwear, which has to be tight and supportive to pull off these amazing looks. 

Pearls and a little black dress are classic and timeless  
Colors are used for each character depending on their storyline, brights for happy and darks for sad times. Color has a big tie to emotions.  

I loved that the show was playing in the background and we had great 50's music to listen to as well while going through the exhibit.  

Rose's apartment in Paris which is such a most wonderful episode of culture, and fashion.   
You can sit in the chair and get your photo taken.  

The switchboard where Midge is sent to after working the cosmetics counter. You can sit here and take a photo, there were actual people talking in the headphones. Brilliant!  

Fabulous Elizabeth Arden make up counter where Midge gets her first job. I would love to know where they found all these vintage pieces! Everyone was in LOVE!  
The hair salon from their vacation in the Catskills. Perfection. That is all. 

Color does make me smile!  

I just loved this armoire of shoes, clothes and hats! The show was playing in the background and kept changing scenes. Glorious indeed! 

RUN to see this if you are a fan. You will so enjoy it. 

Tickets are FREE but you should RSVP in advance 
The Paley Center for Media New York 
25 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

Exhibit Hours:
Wednesdays to Sundays, noon to 6:00 pm; Thursdays until 8:00 pm
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

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