Mad Men‘s brilliant costume designer, Janie Bryant (@JanieBryant) took over @InStyle’s Twitter today! She spent 34 minutes answering a few of the dozens of questions about ’60s style, vintage, and her design process readers submitted using the hashtag #AskJanie. And, just in case you missed it, you can relive the whole thing right here, as we put the whole Twitterview in question-and-answer form below. Scroll down to catch up on what you missed, and be sure to follow @InStyle for more fun Twitterviews in the future. More
Another season of Mad Men came to an end last night in emotional, sad, and optimistic ways. All season long, costume designer Janie Bryant worked to match the wardrobe on the series to the storylines carried out through the dialogue, an effort no more apparent than last night’s final scene—when Peggy landed in a pants and swiveled around in Don’s chair. “I really felt like she should be wearing pants in that scene,” Bryant told InStyle.com exclusively. “She has such a progression for the whole season, and the last episode when her whole flirtation with Ted comes to a head, she goes through all of the emotions. At the end, she’s in command and control of her own destiny, and pants spoke to that.” It epitomized the approach she has taken to design all season, with the emotions of script dictating her every wardrobe decision. “It all starts with the script and what information the script gives me,” she said. “And it was so good.” Click to see what she had to say about the rest of the season finale costumes.
Plus, it’s your turn to ask the questions! Tune in to @InStyle’s Twitter feed tomorrow at 1 p.m. to ask Janie Bryant of Mad Men your own wardrobe questions. She’ll be answering all things Mad Men, style, and confidence tomorrow. Just Tweet #AskJanie with your questions!
Have a Question for Mad Men’s Costume Designer Janie Bryant? Ask Her During Our #AskJanie Twitterview!Jun 24, 2013 @ 5:15 pm
Peggy’s pants! Bob Benson’s short shorts! Ted’s turtlenecks! Megan’s star print tee! There are major thoughts process behind each of the looks that rocked Mad Men all season, all spearheaded by the show’s brilliant costume designer, Janie Bryant. We’ve been interviewing her all season about the show’s 1968 fashions, and now it’s your turn to ask the Qs. Janie will be joining @InStyle‘s Twitter feed for a live Twitterview on TUESDAY, JUNE 25—and we need your help! Send us all of your questions for Janie by leaving a comment on this post or tweeting us @InStyle using the hashtag #AskJanie. She’ll be doling out answers Tuesday starting at 1 p.m. EST, so be sure to follow @JanieBryant, @InStyle, and #AskJanie. See you there!
Plus, see what she said about this season’s fashion.
This week’s episode of Mad Men showed how truly different the women on the show are, not only with their dialogue, but also their costumes. It’s all intentional, thanks to the show’s costume designer, Janie Bryant, who gave InStyle.com the inside scoop on how the sixties looks reflect their characters’ personalities in episode 12. For Megan, she’s fashion-forward, as seen in this three-piece tapestry ensemble. “It’s bohemian and artistic,” said Bryant. “It encompasses all the things I love about Megan’s character.” For Betty, she’s “all about the façade of perfection,” said Bryant, as seen in her pastel tweed suits. For Joan, she’s never shy to take on bold color. “Joan is all about standing out, and she always does,” Bryant quipped. Click to get more inside scoop straight from the costume designer.
This week’s episode of Mad Men put the differences between Peggy and Joan on full display—there are different in both how they act and how they dress. ”They definitely have two different perspectives, two different ways of conducting business, and two different ways of handling situations,” the show’s costume designer Janie Bryant told InStyle.com exclusively. “I love both characters, but that really is reflected in their costume design. They couldn’t be more different. In that episode, we have so many of those moments.” For example, when Joan is in a floral design, Peggy is in a mustard dress. When Joan is in a fitted aqua suit, Peggy is in a checked linen jacket. And that’s not all. Click through the gallery to get more inside scoop straight from the costume designer.
“It was a big one!” That is how costume designer Janie Bryant described the latest episode of Mad Men. And she’s right. With scenes at home, in the office, en route to the beach, and at a children’s camp, Bryant worked hard to make sure each look was just right for the scene. “It’s about the costume being able to speak to the scene emotionally or evoke a mood or tell something about the character,” she said of how she picked the dozens of looks. We loved so many of them—Joan’s perfectly nautical beach look, Peggy’s happy polka dot dress, and Bob Benson’s short shorts among them. Click to get the inside scoop on the costumes from this week’s episode.
Week after week, we chat with Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant to get the inside scoop on what Joan, Peggy, Betty, Megan, and the ladies of the show wear each episode. But this week, there’s someone else who caught our eye: Bob Benson (played by James Wolk) and his short-shorts swim trunks. That’s why we called Bryant to find out the story behind the fish-covered beach gear. ”They were a vintage pair that we found at one of the costume shops and we rented them,” Bryant told InStyle.com from her Los Angeles home base. “Bob is whimsical in his own way, and I always wanted him to wear colors that were always just a little off. I felt like that was just part of his personality. He’s always saying these funny quirky lines and has this funny way about him, so I loved the idea of him having colors that were just a tad… off. You do get a sense about him that he’s very much the overt the people-pleaser. He’s really fun to dress.” And fun to watch, too! Mad Men fans kept Tweeting about the shorts throughout the show, which prompted Wolk to respond: “Soaking up the sun in Bob’s too short shorts.” Bryant added: “You’ve got great legs.” Agreed!
Click to get more behind-the-scenes costume info, straight from Janie Bryant.
What was going on with Mad Men?! Drugs, burglars, funerals—it was a memorable episode to say the least, even if we’re not quite sure what to make of it. One thing we do know: Once again, the costumes swept us right into the world of the late ’60s, thanks to the work of costume designer Janie Bryant. “The show is so great because it’s not about one thing,” Bryant told InStyle.com. “It’s so multi-layered, and that’s how we are in life. There are so many characters.” Click to get the inside scoop on the costumes from this week’s episode.