Madness for Mad Men

Madness for Mad Men

This week saw the return of Mad Men to our screens and I was very excited to welcome back Joan, Peggy, Betty and Megan in to my living room.  I’ll be discussing what the women of the series were up to in the 1960s but more importantly I’ll be looking at the amazing hair and makeup and giving a quick tutorials you help you recreate the look at home.

Sky Atlantic and Blackberry start off the proceedings with their own vintage style adverts and during the ad breaks we saw all the old adverts from milk tray, co-op, kit Kat and flake to name but a few.  A lovely touch Sky, thank you.

Previous series of Mad men have been praised for its historical authenticity and visual style. From the set, to costumes, to the hair and makeup it is a 1960s treat for the eyes.  The last series took us to October 1965 and when we return in the fifth series there has been a small time jump so we are probably now well into 1966. So skirts have got shorter and the beehives have got taller!

‘ A Little Kiss’ 

This double part episode is a beautifully gentle re-introduction to all the characters.

Don and Megan are now officially Mr & Mrs swiftly followed by her promotion from secretary to copy writer.

Joan now has given birth to baby Kevin and trying to juggle the new born with trying to get back to work. But with her husband away she is struggling. Her mother is also putting on the pressure for her to not go back to work because if “your husband is a doctor you don’t need to work.” But Joan is determined. She comes back into the office with the baby to try and find out what’s happened to her job. She misses work and even with the baby and her mother at home she feels alone.

Peggy, in contrast to Megan, has put in the hard graft to earn her place as a copy writer.  We see her in this episode pitching to Heinz beans.

Now for the most important part … The hair!

Megan sporting the typical voluminous 60s bob …

Peggy has a flicked out bob – a far cry from her high 50s pony and bangs in the first series. Her hair, makeup and clothes have all matured as we see her climb the career ladder.

And last but not least our favourite of them all … Joan played the wonderful Christina Hendricks (I want to be her!) Even though she’s frazzled in this episode she still looks amazing, although we see her with her hair a little more relaxed than her usual perfectly coiffed hair do (bottom photo).

Keep an eye out for our my next post where I’ll attempt to do a how-to-guide to show you how to do you own hair a la Mad Men!


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