We're thrilled to have Janie Bryant on Polyvore as this week's Featured Style Expert! Janie Bryant is the award-winning costume designer of the hit show Mad Men. She has received a great deal of acclaim for her work on the drama including an award from the Costume Designer Guild and two Emmy nominations. She's a spokeswoman for Maidenform intimate apparel and recently launched her own clothing collection called Mod by Janie Bryant for QVC. Bryant can now add author to her list of accolades. Her new book "The Fashion File" comes out this week.
We caught up with Janie to ask her a few questions:
Why did you want to become a costume designer?
I wanted to become a costume designer because I always loved old movies. And I was always obsessed with the way the costumes danced and moved and sparkled on the screen and the way people wore clothing was very interesting to me.
The real passion for me as well is the way that the characters have an intention and their psychology and how that is reflected in their costumes.
What's been your career highlight or favorite professional moment?
Well, I would have to say that it actually happened last night. One--receiving the Edith Head award from the Fashion Group International. That was amazing. Two --going outside about to get in the car and having Pierre Cardin coming over to introduce himself and say congratulations. That was pretty spectacular.
Who do you get your inspiration from and who are your favorite designers?
I always get inspiration from the movies, especially old movies. Some of my favorites are Guys and Dolls, The Apartment, Two for the Road, How To Steal a Million, Charade, Singing in the Rain, The Sound of Music …I love all of the old movies. Some of my favorite designers are Valentino, always the spectacular Christian Lacroix, Oscar de la Renta and Yves Saint Laurent and of course my favorite costume designer Edith Head.
What advice would you give to aspiring designers and stylists?
Definitely believe in yourself and always trust your instincts.
Want to know more about what inspires Janie Bryant or how she designs costumes for the cast of Mad Men? Ask her now!