Mildred Pierce

HBO’s ‘Mildred Pierce’ Highlights Depression Era Fashion

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Mildred Pierce

Kate Winslet stars in HBO's upcoming "Mildred Pierce."

You think being a working mom is tough now?

Joan Crawford might have won a best-actress Oscar in 1945 for her starring role of “Mildred Pierce,” but Kate Winslet is bringing back the strong-willed Depression Era icon with fierce determination in the upcoming HBO miniseries.

The new series, which is closer to the James M. Cain’s 1941 novel than the original film, is about a newly single mother during the Depression forced to return to work to win the love of her difficult (as in horrible) daughter, played by the always amazing Evan Rachel Wood.

It’s no glamour film for sure, but the costume designer accurately captures the desperate yet dignified mood of the era, as well as one woman’s stoic determination to get back on her feet, using any method possible.

And if you’re wondering if the fashions of the times will be anything less than perfection, fret not. HBO is the network that heartbreakingly recreated Edie Bouvier Beale in “Grey Gardens” and continues to win raves for its Prohibition-Era costume design in “Boardwalk Empire.”

Part One of Mildred Pierce airs this Sunday, March 27, so set your DVRs to record the whole five-part series.

And start dreaming about all those amazing hats.

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