Sunday, December 12, 2010
The Fashion File
On a trip to Barnes & Noble yesterday I came across a new book titled The Fashion File: Advice, Tips, and Inspiration from the Costume Designer of Mad Men. It's by Janie Bryant (with Monica Corcoran Harel), the Emmy-winning costume designer, whose work I love. The book is, of course, heavy on the early 60's references, and talking of the costumes worn by Christina Hendricks (Joan Holloway) and January Jones (Betty Draper), but from my quick perusal it looks like she also writes about what to look for when buying vintage and how to incorporate those pieces into a modern wardrobe. There is also a section on infusing your man's look with some Don Draper flair. Mama like! A big reason I watch Mad Men is to see how Janie has dressed the characters, both the women and the men.
Janie is shown here in the last picture. She is so cute! I think of her like a modern-day Edith Head and I imagine her work makes it easy for the actors to inhabit the characters they play completely.
I don't know how I missed Janie's book in my past few trips to the bookstore but now it's going straight to the top of my Christmas wish list.