81. The Fashion File

Advice, Tips, and Inspiration from the Costume Designer of Mad Men

by Janie Bryant

I am a big fan of the tv show Mad Men and never miss an episode. And while I find the authentic sets and clothing beautiful (and a trip down memory lane), I’m not obsessed with the styling like I see some people are.  There are women redecorating their homes, getting total Mad Men makeovers and having Mad Men themed parties.  That’s not me. 

This is a beautiful book written by the stylist behind the show, Janie Bryant.  You get behind the scenes looks at her process for dressing each character and the detail involved is very interesting.  The forward is written by January Jones and there are contributions from other cast members as well giving insight into how Bryant makes them comfortable as they transition from reality into the lives of their characters.

The fashion advice given in this book are designed to help all women, but it still felt like it was a little biased to the whole vintage, Mad Men style.  I did enjoy her tips of dressing while being influenced by each decade.  If the 20’s flapper designs appeal to you, Bryant shows you how to make that look work in the new millennium.  

I’m glad I didn’t buy it. It’s not the type of fashion book that I would go back and refer to, but it’s worth taking a look at, especially if you enjoy the show.


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