This episode is one of my favorites from season four. Its set in February 1965. Its the one where Trudy gets pregnant and tells her Dad who accidentally spills the beans to Pete. An account conflict between Pond’s and Clearasil arises at Sterling Cooper with the acquisition of Pond’s Cold Cream. Pressure from Roger and Lane puts Pete in a personal dilemma, as he must confront his father-in-law about the Clearasil account. A focus group for Pond’s Cold Cream leads to a confrontation between Don and Allison over their one-night stand. Peggy begins a friendship with Joyce, an employee of Life magazine and the go and reacts to the news of Pete’s upcoming fatherhood.
I love Faye Miller’s white and orange scarf in this shot (right).
This is definitely not the most sophisticated of Peggy’s outfits (centre) but the Peter Pan collar with the gathered sleeves is cute.
Alison on the left rocks a great 60s color pallette of mustardy-gold-tan mohair with a vivid aqua dress.
A pic of Alison again in this because I really appreciate her ensemble. This would be one of her more stylish outfits. The gold brooch makes it sing!
I love these shots of all the secretaries during the Pond’s focus group.
I really love Clara’s outfit (left). The print is the awesome kind of ugly only the 60’s and 70’s can pull off. I dig the big beaded necklace! My nan used to wear these in the sixties and never quit wearing them! Classic. Note the cute bow clip behind her right ear, too cute.
The secretary to the right of the picture is named Dot. She is not a recurring character the way Clara is. I think this outfit is on the dowdy side. Its cool that the shirt is two-toned with clashing plaid fabric, but it doesn’t seem particularly flattering.
I feel Dot is portrayed as an especially frumpy secretary because in the next shot you can see she is placed next to Megan (second from left) in the focus group. Megan has always been noticeably better dressed than the other secretaries and this scene really highlights the fact that Megan has more style and likely more money; perhaps in the form of a supplemented income from her family. Mad Men always alludes to the secretaries at Sterling Cooper being very poorly paid and I think this is demonstrated very well.
Megan’s hot-orange shift is fabulous. It is obviously a very fine knit or wool fabric and is offset by a striking white brooch. Megan’s outfits are always spectacular and this is no exception. Note that we have never seen a repeated Megan outfit, ever.
I like the green dress worn by the unnamed secretary (second from right) with the double bow detail at the neck. The dress is adorable but again, compared to Megan’s outfit it looks down-market.
Alison’s (right) frilly necked blouse and plaid skirt suit is the outfit I always associate with her because I think she wears it often. Its probably a quite dated for 1965 and the colours are drab. It does fit her well and shows her petite figure but again portrays the secretaries generally not being well remunerated.
This shot of Peggy emulates the 60s for me in a single picture. The hair, the shirt, the makeup. I love Peggy so much.
Peggy and Joyce attend a warehouse Party hosted by Davey Kellogg who is screening an art film, one of his own. The party ends up being raided by the police and the film gets taken. Peggy meets Abe Drexler, an journalist for an underground newspaper.
To finish, I have included a shot of Peggy in her work attire. I love the contrast between Office Peggy and Underground Peggy. This blue dress is too cute on Peggy and has an almost “scool girl” aesthetic with the collar, and pleated skirt, while still being stylish. Love it.
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