A and I have been invited to a Mad Men-themed costume party by our best buddy Sparkling Whine and because we are ultra-competitive alphas (you may recall we staged our own Come Dine With Me and came first and second) we have been giving our outfits a reasonable amount of thought.
I am obsessed with Mad Men and I do love costume parties but I hate poorly-thought-out costumes and half-assed efforts. Thus I have been sifting through the AMC website’s photo albums to find the shapes, the details and the crucial hair inspiration I need to make this work. I really want to go as Joan and may even commit so far as dyeing my hair (and stuffing pillows down my front).
Could she be more stunning and fabulous?
The image at the top of this post is the classic 1950s style that is all over Mad Men in the first season, but by season 4, mod and hippie style are starting to creep in, along with psychedelic colours. The Joan look, which I’m hoping can sail calmly through the Twiggy waters to come, is all about tight-fitting clothes, small waists, an updo and lots of jewellery – brooches, necklaces, bracelets, watches and earrings. She also wears liquid eyeliner, which is a problem because I’ve never learned to do it. Other than that the makeup is non-existent despite the emphasis on selling cosmetics at the ad firm.
I adore Betty and sometimes feel alone in this, but I don’t think I could pull off her Grace Kelly, conservative style. It feels so restrained and old-fashioned and it’s really just her beauty that pulls it off. I mean, this brown ensemble wouldn’t have the same effect on Peggy.
Elizabeth Moss who plays Peggy is a brilliant actor and makes the character sympathetic despite being written as a person who is quite difficult to like and made to wear the world’s absolutely worst hairstyle and drabbest clothes. Things have improved for her as the series goes on but it’s clear, despite an episode where she had a makeover of sorts, that clothes are just not what she’s about. Peggy is a miniskirt girl I feel and her time is yet to come. She’ll never fill out a shift dress like Joanie.
Actually neither will I, so I may wear something simple and go in hard on the hair, the fur and the jewellery – I’ll have to locate some clip-on earrings. The absolute musts are:
- skirts longer than the knee
- tie a bow on somewhere
- wear a brooch
- make your hair ten times more complicated than usual