Like many of you, I’ve become completely hooked by Mad Men. In addition to brilliant writing, attention to detail, and riveting storylines, the success of the series can also be credited to incredible character development. I’ve just become so personally invested in these characters. The writing gets better with every episode, I swear.
More than just successfully portraying life in an ad agency set in the 1960s, Mad Men also needs to be applauded for its visual accuracy-much of which has to do with impeccable set design and its brilliant re-creation of 1960s fashion.
The prim perfection of the ’60s is epitomized in Betty Draper, whose wardrobe reflects her compulsion for, well, perfection. She tries to create the perfect facade, which is why she spends time on what she wears, how she looks, and how she presents herself to the world. She is the definition of a lady. Her ice-blond hair, red lips, and perfect pearls bring to mind Grace Kelly and the other Hitchcock blondes- and she has the disturbed inner life to prove it.
Peggy Olson is a struggling copy writer. While she clearly spends more time in the office than shopping, she does have her own style. Demure, pretty, and smart, Peggy favors polka dots, prints, and pleats for a girlishly cute yet mature look that’s as impressive as her resume. As time has gone on, and Peggy has come into her own and become increasingly more glamorous. The changes that Ms. Olson has gone through over the seasons are definitely reflected in her changing look.
My favourite character among the women is the one I’ve saved for last: the sultry, seductive and voluptuous Joan Holloway. Seriously, she’s sex on heels as she sashays through the office. I absolutely love her. She’s got a commanding presence, she knows her best assets and she’s got no qualms about using them. Peggy jockeys for power among her male colleagues, but Joan knows her power lies in being a woman. Her signature accessory is not only stylish but practical: a pen necklace in gold. Perfection.
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