Pettitcoat worn by Rachel Brosnahan in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel


Black tulle petticoat worn by Rachel Brosnahan in the Amazon series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. The petticoat is made of two layers of tulle and one layer of black lining.

The petticoat was worn in a scene in the season one finale of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel in which Midge Maisel performs her first professional comedy set, at New York's Gaslight Cafe. Capping a season of marital problems and struggle to create a life for herself as an individual, Midge experiences a triumphant moment. Midge’s estranged husband Joel finally watches her perform and defends her after men heckle her with sexist remarks. Midge ends the performance by proclaiming “My name is Mrs. Maisel. Thank you and Goodnight!”

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel was one of the most acclaimed streaming series of the 2010s, winning numerous Emmy Awards and critical praise for its nuanced portrayal of mid-20th century women’s life, urban Jewish identity, and the 1960s comedy scene. Showrunner and creator Amy Sherman-Palladino was lauded for the series’ exploration of women's lives in mid-20th century America, including marriage and separation, societal expectations, beauty, systemic gender inequality, motherhood, and the struggle to navigate male-dominated workplaces. Sherman-Palladino is one of the most active and celebrated female writers and producers in the entertainment industry today, having also created The Gilmore Girls and becoming the first woman in history to win in the comedy writing and directing categories at the Primetime Emmy Awards.

Mrs. Maisel costume designer Donna Zakowska earned critical acclaim for creating beautiful and historically-accurate clothing that helped to advance and support the series’ narrative. Zakowska, who won an Emmy for her work outfitting Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney in the 2008 HBO miniseries John Adams, also won an Emmy for Outstanding Period Costumes for Maisel’s second season.

Date Made: around 2016

Wearer: Brosnahan, RachelProducer: Sherman-Palladino, AmyMaker: Eric Winterling, Inc.Designer: Zakowska, Donna

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: Television


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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2019.0313.01.03Catalog Number: 2019.0313.01.03Accession Number: 2019.0313

Object Name: peticoatpetticoat

Physical Description: tool (overall material)Measurements: overall: 23 in x 29 in x 3 in; 58.42 cm x 73.66 cm x 7.62 cm


Record Id: nmah_1973664

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