Bairbre Power... on 'Mad Men' style crushes and vintage adventures
The end is near for Betty, Joan, Peggy and Mad Men's sultry style mavens.
The US TV show has seduced us since 2007 because of its historical authenticity, visual style and incredible costume design driven by the eagle-eyed Janie Bryant who breathed life into the ice-queen Betty Draper, and made us fall passionately in love with the dressing style of the bombshell secretary Joan Holloway.
Betty, with her chic, cool colours palette and Grace Kelly hair has rebooted our appreciation for the hostess look - those fit-and-flare, full-skirted dresses with paste clip-on earrings. She has beguiled us with her housewife chic and those fabulous going-out clothes, like the memorable sequinned dress, fur stole and long white opera gloves in season one.
Peggy Olson may have looked safe but she has quietly changed attitudes to arty checks, ginghams and pastel plaids, all of which have found a new generation of admirers on the high street and designer catwalk.
When it comes to Irish Mad Men style crushes, according to Maeve Brady from Vertigo Vintage: "It's Joan, always Joan. Her style is so wearable, she is very voluptuous and her office-wear is very much in demand. Last year when Don Draper brought his new wife, Megan, to Hawaii, there was a huge interest in Hawaiian prints, the reaction was tangible," continues Maeve, one of the exhibitors at Vintage Fashion & Decor Fair which takes place tomorrow at the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire.
I always think that Joan's Mad Men vamp style is a touch of Sophia Loren, with a whiff of Marilyn Monroe and Lana Turner. And speaking of Joans, tomorrow's fair is run by Joan Murray who has a truly expert eye for vintage fashion. If you are thinking of buying into an era, this is 'the' woman to talk to.
Expect to see the racing style squad out tomorrow, chasing down grooming gems like rigid frame handbags that look so chic with gloves and hats. The white floral hat (worn by model Ellie far right) is a little bit of Dublin vintage, a 1960s original by Yvonne Modette who had premises at 1-2 Molesworth Street. It's always great to discover the vintage backstory. Meanwhile, the authentic 1960s orange shift-dress and bag are from Brigitte's Boudoir owned by Eithne Spellman. Happy hunting!
Stylist: Irene O’Brien irene.ie; Make-up: Amanda Hynes Johnston facebook.com/rubygarnetmakeupartist; Hair: Collette Brocklebank facebook.com/collette.brocklebank; Photography: John Coveney, johncoveney.ie