THE INSIDER: JANIE BRYANT
Mad Men's costume designer puts us on a fashion time machine.
It's undeniable that Gossip Girl influences our fashion choices - hence the too many headbands in my bedroom - but for those seeking something slightly more grown up, there's also Mad Men.
This story was published on August 27, 2008.
In just a season, the AMC show about a '60s advertising agency has revived everything from pencil skirts to matte red lipstick, and everyone - even the NYLON crew - is scrambling to keep up.
Here's our quick interview with Janie Bryant, the woman behind the fashion flashbacks.
How do you prepare for an episode of Mad Men? Every day is so different, but I would say the constant is that I get the script, and it’s broken down by character. I research every script, like if it’s going to be Sardi’s or if it’s going to be at church.
Do you look at old movies, or actual photos from the period? Real photos! In the costume office, we have tons and tons of magazines, we have reference books, we search on the internet, there’s the Costume Library at Western Costume which we use – we use the Beverly Hills library and the downtown Los Angeles library, too, so it’s really thorough.
What's the trick to good vintage shopping? Keep your eyes open! That's the trick to everything about fashion - don't count anything out.
Has your own style changed since joining the Mad Men team? You'd think it would be very '60s, but you know, I'm around it all day and in my own life, I just want something else. So right now, I’m reliving the ‘80s again. I’m obsessed.
What's your favorite costume this season? I can't tell you! The costumes have so much to do with the plot!