While everybody is all eyes as the new season of Mad Men started; Elle US visited Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant’s colorful LA home which is full of inspiration. When she is not dressing Betty and Joan, Bryant’s busy collaborating with Banana Republic, Maidenform and Downy.
“People love to ask me which Mad Men character I am closest to, and I think it is because they have their favorites. My favorite character is changing all the time depending on what the episode is about. Some of my favorite costumes from seasons past are Betty’s blue brocade and silk organza gown from season two and the cocktail dress she wore in Rome during season three. I also loved Joan’s red Christmas dress from season four, and Trudy’s red wool crepe dress with a matching red-and-green plaid cape in season three.”
“I can’t remember where I bought this fur jacket, but I do wear it in L.A., absolutely! It gets so cold here at night.”
“I haven’t worn this Jovani gown yet, but I can’t wait for the right red carpet moment. It could be amazing for the Costume Designers Guild Awards!”
“For every season [of Mad Men] I do a lot of research, and I love it. I’ll watch old movies, comb through vintage magazines like Holiday, Time, Life, Ladies Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, to name a few. I also love going through vintage catalogs like Montgomery Ward’s, Sears, and JC Penny. Fabric stores are a great way for me to get inspired.
“I just recently returned from Moscow, and that was one of the most incredible cities I’ve ever seen. New Orleans is always inspirational, and Venice too. One of my favorite countries to visit is Morocco.”
“I would love to live in the baroque period to experience the customs and culture of that time, and of course, to wear all the amazing gowns of the period! I’m a true romantic. My favorite era for fashion design would be couture in the 1980s—think Thierry Mugler, Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Lacroix, and Chanel.”
“I’m definitely a hat person and have been since I was a little girl. As I like to say, the hat makes the character.”
source: elle us