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In The Frame

Don Draper: the artefact

Mad Men (AMC)

Mad Men begins its farewell season on 5 April, but a few star props have already found a prestigious permanent home. Don Draper’s trademark grey suit, fedora and bar cart will join Dorothy’s ruby slippers and Julia Child’s kitchen in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, DC. In a ceremony on 27 March, the series’s creator, Matthew Weiner, also donated a copy of the script for the finale of season one, which includes a never-before-seen alternate ending. The Museum of the Moving Image in New York is also showing its admiration with an exhibition dedicated to the programme, complete with sets, costumes and personal correspondence ("Matthew Weiner’s Mad Men", until 14 June). The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, meanwhile, held a two-day screening of cast members’ favourite episodes (26-27 March). Who knew museum curators were so mad for Mad Men?

Published online 2 Apr 15

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