Behind the Scenes of Our Spring Fashion Feature with Elisabeth Moss

The <em>Mad Men</em> star models the season’s fiercely feminine looks


After a couple of years of menswear-inspired women’s collections, we finally see a return to femininity this season— flowers and confectionary shades as sweet as Easter candy are everywhere. We were so taken with these dreamy and romantic looks that we decided to showcase a few of our favorites in our May issue’s spring fashion editorial, which stars Mad Men actress Elisabeth Moss. English roses on a satin Miu Miu blouse and bustled bell skirts by Christian Dior made me think of a Victorian parlor, where a lady would sip tea from a fine china cup. I had always wanted to shoot a fashion spread at the Heritage Square Museum near South Pasadena. Eight historic homes, all built in Los Angeles during the Victorian era, were saved from demolition and moved to a plot off the 110 Freeway, creating a little village that looks more like a movie set than a museum. While many of the homes have been restored, a few sit in their original state. We loved the Grey Gardens-like vibe of these structures with their century-old wallpaper peeling off sun-faded painted walls. They provided the perfect backdrop and a nod to the Victorian influence in a few of the looks. On Mad Men, Moss’s character, Peggy Olsen, knows how to dress like a lady but still command attention. In real life, Moss admitted that she preferrs dresses and heels too. She was right at home in a Monique Lhullier gown splashed with violets and a pink Dolce & Gabbana dress decorated with gold hearts. At one point during the shoot we tested Moss’s tomboy skills and made her climb a Mulberry tree for a photo. “You guys, I’m a girly-girl, I don’t climb trees,” she said. When it was all over, she smiled. “I think I did pretty well. I’d like to see any of you try this in four-inch heels and a floor-length gown.”