Costume Designer & Fashion Designer. Los Angeles
On the heels of the highly anticipated return of everyone’s favorite drama, Mad Men, we take you inside the mind and home office of the woman behind the show’s signature style. Meet: Janie Bryant – the Emmy-award winning costume designer who is responsible for the 60s-inspired looks of Don Draper, Peggy Olson, Joan Holloway and past Coveteur, Sally Draper (a.k.a. Kiernan Shipka, one of our youngest Coveteur’s to date.) The Mad Men style craze swept the fashion world by storm and we got to point the finger at Bryant. Everyone from Prada to Louis Vuitton's showed Mad Men-style silhouettes for F/W 2010 on Joan Holloway-like curved models with beehive hairdos in retro prints. And we’re yet to experience the calm after the storm with Mad Men-inspired clothing still in high demand – in fact, Bryant has already designed two collections for Banana Republic. Bryant has an extensive background in the design world, which really took off once she moved from New York to Los Angeles in ’99. Bryant first received critical attention when she was nominated for an Emmy for her work on HBO’s Deadwood in 2004, eventually taking home the prestigious prize in 2005. But it was Bryant’s work on Mad Men that started a new chapter in her career. She’s been nominated for an Emmy not once, not twice, but three times and she’s won a long list of esteemed titles including, “Outstanding Costume Designer for Television Series” by the Costume Designers Guild, the Edith Head Award by the Fashion Group International and was even listed on Vanity Fair’s “100 Most Influential People Worldwide” in 2010. When she’s not busy dressing the cast of the cult-fave show, Bryant is occupied designing capsule collections for QVC, Maidenform and Nailtini. Bryant also published her first book, “The Fashion File” in October 2010, a regular mainstay on our personal coffee tables. And where exactly does this all go down? Only we – along with our friends at WhoWhatWear – can show you. Welcome to Bryant’s home office – a cozy room on the third floor of her LA home that’s filled with Southern charm, vintage issues of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, Baroque period art and, of course, her treasured trophies that she has won over the years. You’re going to be mad about this one… Part of a sponsored series with WhoWhatWear.