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A Museum Moment: Costumes From “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

December 13, 2019

A blue nightgown with pink housecoat

A black satin dress

(Top) Pink wool house coat and peignoir nightgown worn in the pilot episode. (Bottom) Black dress worn in episode 108.

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History has collected two costumes from Amazon Prime Video’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel for the national entertainment collection.

From creator Amy Sherman-Palladino (Gilmore Girls) and Executive Producer Daniel Palladino (Family Guy), The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel stars Rachel Brosnahan as Mrs. Miriam “Midge” Maisel, a housewife living in New York City in 1958 who discovers a talent and passion for stand-up comedy after her life takes an unexpected turn.

Donna Zakowska designed the costumes used in the first season, which premiered on Amazon Prime Video in March 2017. They include a blue peignoir nightgown and pink housecoat worn in the pilot episode of the series and the black dress Midge wore for her first performance when she launched her comedy career.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel has won 16 Emmy Awards and is praised for its nuanced portrayal of mid-20th-century women’s life, urban Jewish identity and the birth of stand-up comedy.

There are no current plans for display.

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