Last night I went to my first Fashion and Sewing class. I’ve been wanting to do an adult education course since leaving uni and this seemed like a perfect fit for my strange need for learning plus the chance to put some structure to my crafts.
When I arrived at the class I was asked what I would like to spend the course making. I think I said the words “1950s dress” before my brain knew what I was doing.
Years and years ago I found a page in a magazine featuring a very young Holly Willoughby in a fashion profile article. She was listing where she got her outfit from and described how the dress she was wearing was a copy of a Vivienne Westwood dress she had made. I fell in love with it and kept the page for a long time in the hope of being able to make or buy my own copy one day. I’ve no idea where the page is now but I have loved that style of dress ever since, and so when I began to watch the series Mad Men last year I thought all my dress-related Christmases had come at once with January Jones’ character, Betty Draper.
Both in character and in real life, January Jones has become a bit of a style icon for me. She does whatever look she attempts so well and is hardly recognisable as the same person with a change of hair colour, but it is her portrayal of Betty Draper that I love the most, and more to the point, the wardrobe that goes with it.