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Image by Christina Saint Marche A very good friend on mine in London set me this article. Its so fitting. No pun intended. How to drive men mad: TV's sexiest show is back - but as I discovered when I had my Mad Men makeover, you have to work hard for those wolf-whistles By MARIANNE POWER PUBLISHED: 23:34 GMT, 30 March 2012 UPDATED: 10:25 GMT, 31 March 2012 Share Understated: Marianne Power's usual everyday look Wolf-whistles, yes. The odd âOi, gorgeousâ, absolutely â" but, never, have I had a whole building site down tools and stare at me as I pass. Thereâs no leering, no jeering â" these men are putty in my hand. I can feel their eyes follow me as I walk down the street, so I give them a little wiggle. I canât quite believe Iâve done it, itâs out of character. But this is what happens when you dress up as a Mad Woman. Ever since Mad Men first came on to our TV screens, I have wondered what it would be like to dress up like Christina Hendricksâs character Joan, the foxy office manager. With our red hair and generously proportioned hips, Joan and I have a thing or two in common â" but while she makes the most of her curves in tight dresses and heels, I hide mine in jeans, jumpers and flat shoes. I wouldnât normally have the guts to wear such outfits, so when the Mail challenged me to a Mad Men makeover to celebrate the start of the fifth series, I jumped at the chance. I learn itâs hard work trying to be a sex bomb â" but worth it .â.â. 1. PILE THAT HAIR HIGH 'It takes celebrity hairstylist Simon Izzard a full hour and 35 pins to achieve the look, which feels surprisingly secure,' said Marianne The Sixties was all about big hair and the up-do. And that means backcombing and hairspray, hairspray, hairspray. It takes celebrity hairstylist Simon Izzard a full hour and 35 pins to achieve the look, which feels surprisingly secure. It beggars belief that women used to do this every day â" before work. Iâm lucky if I run a brush through my hair before dashing out of the door â" but Simon says that many women of the time would have gone to the hairdressers once a week to have it done and theyâd try to make the style last, going to bed with a scarf on to protect their hair at night. More... Fern Britton: Half of me is mumsy and cuddly... but the other half likes to drink margaritas and dance on tables BEL MOONEY: I'm 42 and still single - is there a blueprint for love? 2. TROWEL ON THE SLAP 'To get the Mad Men look, Eyelure false eyelashes and thick liquid are applied to my upper eyelids,' said Marianne My usual look â" if I can even call it that â" is a bit of mascara, foundation and lip gloss. Thatâs it. But, according to make-up artist Carl Stanley, back in 1966, more was more when it came to cosmetics. âEveryone was very groomed, you wouldnât be seen dead without a full face of slap â" even husbands didnât see their wives without their make-up,â he says. To get the Mad Men look, Eyelure false eyelashes and thick liquid are applied to my upper eyelids. âBack in the day, women used a solid block of eyeliner and they would spit on their brush to paint it on,â he says. âIt was the same with mascaraâ. Next comes foundation. âThere were very few shades of base back then, and it was very heavy. Most women would have used compacts such as Max Factorâs Creme Puff and they piled it on. The formulations werenât like they are today, everything was much denser,â says Carl. The look is topped off with a fuchsia pink lipstick, a colour I would never, in a million years, wear. But the result is amazing and I swear my spidery false eyelashes are making my face look slimmer. 3. BREATHE IN - AND REACH FOR THE GIRDLE 'It might feel restrictive, but the shape of my body is transformed,' said Marianne The right period underwear is vital, says Janie Bryant, the costume designer on the show, because it makes the actresses âhold themselves differentlyâ. While most actresses wear reproductions of the vintage undies, poor Christina has to wear the originals, which are unyiedling and uncomfortable. I cannot find any vintage underwear in a size 12, so I head to What Katie Did in Londonâs Portobello Road, which stocks vintage-inspired smalls. Joanâs character wears girdles, stockings, a slip and longline bras. A longline bra, I discover, is one which is attached to a bodice that comes down to your tummy, to nip in at the waist. And the bullet-shaped cups? Talk about making the most of your assets! Meanwhile, the tightly fitted bodice makes it impossible to slouch. Or breathe. Next comes the girdle â" the Sixtiesâ equivilent of Spanx. It pulls in your tummy and bottom and comes attached to suspender belts with fiddly hooks. It might feel restrictive, but the shape of my body is transformed. My waist appears 3in smaller and I am starting to feel â" and look â" more like a screen siren. 4. FILL OUT YOUR FROCK WITH CHICKEN FILLETS 'Usually I would never, ever wear a pencil skirt, as I don't like my hips, but when I slip this dress on, it looks stunning,' said Marianne Finally, the bit Iâve been waiting for: the dresses. By 1966, which is when the new series of Mad Men picks up, mini-skirts, psychedelic prints, monochrome ensembles and boxy shapes were starting to make an appearance â" but many women were still holding on to the old look, including Joan, who sticks to her trademark body-hugging pencil dresses. There are subtle changes though â" she starts to wear bolder prints and show slightly more cleavage than she did in the years before. Even though by todayâs standards, Joanâs dresses are modest, she still manages to look amazingly sexy. I picked two iconic dresses Joan wears in the series â" bottle green and a beautiful black floral dress for the evening â" and asked designers at The Pretty Dress Company to recreate them for us. The online shop specialises in retro-inspired pencil skirt dresses, very similar to the ones Joan would wear, and says the look is now very popular. The results are perfect. Usually I would never, ever wear a pencil skirt, as I donât like my hips, but when I slip this dress on, it looks stunning. The big hips I usually hate actually look shapely. I top off my green dress with a retro-inspired broach from Fenwick. Thereâs only one thing lacking â" the bust. While Christinaâs cups runneth over, mine look half-empty, so I shove a couple of âchicken filletsâ down my bra. Now itâs time to take my new curves outside. Iâm terrified â" Iâve never worn anything so figure-hugging in public before. 5. WALK WITH A WIGGLE 'I realise quickly that you can't walk in a girdle and a pencil skirt, you can only wiggle - which makes me even more conspicuous,' said Marianne Men canât stop staring. Literally. Taxi drivers are looking out from their cars, men in business suits are turning around, and one young guy stops in his tracks â" his mouth is open. I am painfully self-conscious in the bottle green dress. I can see a woman digging her husband in the ribs when he twists his neck to look at my behind. Oh dear, I feel like a harlot. I realise quickly that you canât walk in a girdle and a pencil skirt, you can only wiggle â" which makes me even more conspicuous. Iâm sure women are giving me catty looks, but then a glamorous older woman with a perfect white bob smiles at me. âThat takes me back,â she says. âWhat a pretty dress.â She tells me that she is visiting from Hampshire for the day and that she used to live in London in the Sixties, working as a secretary for Unilever. âEveryone made an effort back then, youâd never leave the house without having your outfit on,â she says. âI wore a corset and stockings every day and went to work wearing white gloves.â I decide to hold my head up high and do a spot of shopping. As the hours pass I get used to the attention, and actually grow to rather like it. A man behind me in the supermarket checkout tells me that he likes my dress and that women should wear dresses more often. A young guy waiting at the bus stop asks me if Iâm that actress. I donât know if heâs having me on or not, but heâs certainly made my day. After lunch, I change into the black floral number to treat me and my dress to a refreshing martini, so I head to the absolutely stunning 10th floor bar of the Royal Kensington Hotel, which has views all across London. Sipping my drink â" with two olives â" I start to feel the part. I could get used to this. I swear that even the very handsome French barman is giving me the eye. But then I go to powder my nose, and remember my complicated underpinnings. Iâm in there for 20 minutes fiddling with hooks and poppers! SO, WAS IT ALL WORTH IT? As the day goes on, I get tired. My bra is suffocating me, the waistband of the girdle is digging in to my tummy and the tops of my thighs are rubbing uncomfortably together. As for the stockings, I got the old-fashioned variety without Lycra in them and they are heading south. I feel more like Nora Batty than a Sixties sex symbol. Even my eyelashes are beginning to feel too heavy to wear a minute longer. I had planned to take my new look for a night on the town but, now, I just want to head home, where itâs such a treat to take off my girdle so that I can breathe â" and slouch â" again. The dress is swapped for my usual jeans and jumper and I rub off my inch-thick layer of make-up and leave my false eyelashes on the side of the bath. Then I look in the mirror. Gosh, I look rotten. Like a cartoon character whoâs had all her features rubbed out. And in my normal clothes I look about three sizes bigger. I am like a completely different woman. Actually, I donât really feel like a woman at all. Later that evening I pop down the road to buy some milk. Not a soul looks at me. I am invisible, and that makes me sad. Iâve realised that while I couldnât be a Mad Woman every day of my life, Iâm going to make an effort to be one every once in a while. It might not be easy, but with the right undies, a good dress and a bit of slap â" everyone can look like a star. Come back girdle, stockings and false eyelashes â" all is forgiven!
Pascale Hutton wearing Paul Hardy - Heart and Stroke Foundation - The Heart Truth celebrity fashion show - Red Dress - Red Gown - Thursday February 8, 2012 - Creative Commons
Image by Jason Hargrove Pascale Hutton grew up in Creston, BC and studied acting at the prestigious University of Albertaâs BFA program. Upon graduating, she worked in theatre, but quickly started booking roles in film and TV which prompted her to move to Vancouver. She has worked on numerous Canadian and American TV shows and films including A Simple Curve, Flashpoint, Smallville, Rookie Blue, Fringe, Sanctuary, Flashpoint and Intelligence. And she has been recognized for her work. She was nominated for a Leo Award (Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Feature Length Drama) for her role in A Simple Curve and won the Gemini for Best Performance by an Actress in a Guest Role, Dramatic Series for her performance as âJuliannaâ on Intelligence. Currently, Pascale is co-starring opposite Adam Beach on CBCâs hit new dramatic series, Arctic Air. Pascale resides in Vancouver with her husband and beautiful baby boy. www.imdb.com/name/nm1370984 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pascale_Hutton + Canadian born and based, Paul Hardy took his career from design school graduate to personal shopper to acclaimed designer. Paul Hardy began his design career in 2002 with an opening show at Toronto Fashion Week where his first collection saw a host of rave reviews. After seeing his first collection, fashion icon Jeanne Becker, host of Fashion Television, compared Hardyâs talent as being that of the likes of Marc Jacobs or Stella McCartney. The sensation caused by his first collection led Paul to pursue opportunities south of the border at Los Angeles Fashion Week. There he garnered the attention of notable industry media outlets such as WWD who described Paulâs style as âa thoughtful, well-made collection of soft sophisticated clothes.â Such reviews about the line sent a buzz across the United States to New York. His designs have been described as âOscar worthyâ by celebrity stylist Philip Bloch and the New York Post. Acclaim for Paulâs collections has continued over the seasons, Lisa Tant, editor of Flare Magazine, was quoted saying âHe has vision and heâs achieved it at every stepâ. In 2011, Paul began experimenting with lifestyle branding by taking on commissions pertaining to interior design. He also accepted an offer to collaborate with the Alberta Ballet, by designing all of the costumes for Sarah McLachlanâs âFumbling towards Ecstasy Balletâ. The ballet received rave reviews from both the media and public and now has plans to tour this coming year. Paul was honoured to be selected as one of six international emerging designers to go and showcase his upcoming Spring 2012 collection on a seven city tour in China. paulhardydesign.com + In 2012, The Heart TruthÂ® marks a decade of commitment to women's heart health. Starting with February's American Heart Month and throughout the year, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) reaffirms its commitment to increasing awareness about heart disease among women and helping women take steps to reduce their own personal risk of developing heart disease. thehearttruth.ca twitter.com/thehearttruth.com #thehearttruth + Photography by Jason Hargrove jasonhargrove.com twitter.com/jasonhargrove This set is available with a Creative Commons Attribution license for non-commercial use for media and bloggers alike. High resolution commercial use licenses can be purchased on request :)