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Putting on Betty

I was Betty Draper for Halloween this year, and I was pretty pleased how my costume turned out.

I used Mad Style, Tomandlorenzo.com's examination of costuming of Mad Men, to figure out how to create a look that would be iconically Betty. Floral patterns in blue and white were a frequent part of her wardrobe, and I wanted early season Betty, which meant a full skirt with a close bodice. So I dug around in thrift stores until I found a sundress with those features. I took it in a bit at the sides to make it fit better and to flare out the skirt a little more, but I wish I had done it even moreso. This promotional image was my primary inspiration.

For the accessories, I wore my costume pearls, my pearl stud earrings, my grandmother's ring to act as a wedding ring, and I bought a white beaded evening bag. I wanted a low-heeled white pump of some kind, and I found a very vintage looking pair with a crisscross strap. I put a short crinoline under the skirt to make it fuller. I even dug out this old-fashioned girdle I had for authenticity in the silhouette. A paper cigarette to wave around all night completed the look.

The only thing I didn't manage was Betty's hairstyle. Even though I dyed my hair blonder, it never got as light as January Jones's, and that tight, curled Grace Kelly-like style was just utterly beyond my skills. I've never been very good with hair at the best of times, much less something so labor-intensive as that. So I just put it up in a headband. A sixties look, actually, but Betty's look was always stuck in the fifties, so it wasn't quite right for the character. Overall, though, I was happy with the costume and enjoyed gesturing with my paper cigarette and making Betty bitchface.


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About Me

My name is Phoebe. I'm Boston area theater professional and English professor focused in writing, acting, directing, and modeling. I'm known for having lots of interests, lots of opinions about those interests, and a very high estimation of the value thereof. This blog is for talking about whatever's on my mind, from my daily life to my activities to musing on any number of abstract topics. Thanks for taking the time to read.

My productions:

Upcoming Productions:

MRS. HAWKING part 2 and 3

at the Watch City Steampunk Festival 2016

presented by The Chameleon's Dish

Vivat Regina
by Phoebe Roberts

at 2PM


Base Instruments
by Phoebe Roberts

at 6PM

Saturday, May 13th 2017
at 274 Moody Street, Waltham, MA

Other Achievements:

"The Tailor at Loring's End" screenplay
Quarter Finalist in the Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Competition 2013

"Adonis" screenplay
Top Ten Percent in the Bluecat Screenwriting Contest 2015

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