by JASMINE GARNSWORTHY
Do NOT ask Christina Hendricks about her figure. Is that clear?
After the now internationally-famous incident involving a question about her body shape (and used the word “full-figured”) that caused Hendricks to terminate the interview and complain the question was rude, all further interviews came with strict conditions.
There is to be NO mention of weight, shape, size, body or body image. Fortunately, I hadn’t been intending to.
As a style editor, Mad Men is superb TV. The polished, 50s/60s fashion is almost a character. I love the contrast between Joan’s sultry, come-hither wardrobe and Betty’s domestic goddess A-line dresses. (If you have never watched, what’s wrong with you? Get to the itunes store immediately and download yourself series one – you’ll be hooked in minutes).
In a very business-like hotel room surrounded by anxious PR reps and a queue of other nervous journos, Christina and I chatted about pencil skirts, Mad Men and Ryan Gosling. Here’s how it went down:
JG: Do you have much influence in Joan’s wardrobe in Mad Men?
CH: Little to none to be honest, our costume designer is unbelievable and the first time we came together we had the exact same vision of the type of clothes Joan would wear. She had story boards with all these images – it was exactly what I pictured. Basically she just brings these amazing things and I get to wear them. I have to say Joan’s wardrobe has influenced my own wardrobe in the opposite way.
CH: I’ve learnt a lot from Joan about tailoring and fit. I don’t think I owned one pencil skirt before Mad Men which was idiot for me because they’re just the most flattering, nicest thing, so now I have a bunch of them.
JG: (A teeny bit disappointed) So what is your personal style like?
CH: I love fashion, so I love to try all sorts of different things. However, I think over the years I consistently go after feminine, romantic clothes with a quirky twist.
JG: What are your tips for anyone wanting to re-create Joan’s look?
CH: To get the ‘Joan look’ I think you’d be pretty good to wear a blouse with a bow and a little pencil skirt and you’d be well on your way. Of course you need the little chain with the pen hanging too.
JG: You’re very much a pin-up girl for elegant and glamorous red carpet style, what about off the red carpet, what does your casual wardrobe look like?
CH: LA is a very casual city, so I often wear a blouse or a turtle neck and jeans. But probably my favourite thing is a sun dress, like a little forties style dress is my favourite.