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TV’s fashion hall of fame


Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz of “I Love Lucy”

“I Love Lucy’’ (1951-57)

She is remembered best for her blazing red coif and grape-stomping skills, but Lucille Ball was always impeccably tailored with pinched waists and polka dots. Oscar-winning Edith Head protege Edward Stevenson, who dressed Ball for 18 years, helped Lucy put the other gals in the bridge club to shame.

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“Honey West’’ (1965-66)

James Bond was a dashing role model for the gents, but lady spy Honey West (played by tigress Anne Francis) preferred to deliver her dangerous kicks in a wardrobe designed by a young Nolan Miller.

“That Girl’’ (1966-71)

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Marlo Thomas and her lengthy lashes gave American viewers a taste of 1960s swinging London with her technicolor ensembles - and that amazing hair flip.

“Soul Train’’ (1971-2006)

Don Cornelius’s creation was a pioneer in bringing innovative urban style (and pelvis-busting dance moves) from the street to living rooms across the country.

“Charlie’s Angels’’ (1976-81) One word: Hair.

“Dynasty’’ (1981-89)

Miller had the ultimate era, the ultimate vixen, and the ultimate budget to create this shoulder pad-enhanced fashion playground.

“Miami Vice’’ (1984-89)

Can pastels be masculine? Apparently they can when worn with stubble and loafers. The massively influential show encouraged gents to leave their socks at home and pair sport jackets with T-shirts.

“Mad Men’’ (2007 to present)

“Mad Men’’ creator Matthew Weiner’s eye for accuracy extends to the wardrobe of his 1960s drama. Costume designer Janie Bryant has become nearly as popular as Joan Holloway for her interpretation of midcentury Manhattan style.

And don’t forget “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In’’ (1967-73); “The Mod Squad’’ (1968-73); “Rhoda’’ (1974-78); “Sex and the City’’ (1998-2004); and “Gossip Girl’’ (2007 to present)

Christopher Muther can be reached at
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