Monday, November 1, 2010

Featured Style Expert: Janie Bryant

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!


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Samantha said...

I have personally found the style on Mad Men to be incredibly inspiring. Joan Holloway's style has changed the way I view myself as somebody who will never be a size 0; she's always dressed impeccably with her signature accessories and looks fantastic, (as does everyone else). The fashion on this show has changed my life more than that of any other show I have seen. Thank you, Janie!

Ruth Martin said...

I am one of the co-founders of a new social network website that is based on fashion. It is called Outfit Hive and it's a place where people can upload their own looks and styles and also browse for inspiration. We have only just launched a couple of days ago, and we are still developing the website, but we know it will be very successful. We are currently emailing all fashion bloggers and stylists as very soon we will be looking for a stylist/blogger of the month. If you are interested please get in touch as we would like to hear more from you.
You can set up a profile today and advertise your own blog ect by sharing a link on your profile.
Also if you go to our facebook page and like it:
we will be able to keep in touch with you about the opportunity to get yourself on the website as a stylist in the very near future.
We look forward to hearing from you,
OH! Director