Mad Men got saucy on Sunday night, and so did the clothes! Costume designer Janie Bryant crafted each of the looks to reflect the characters’ feelings, including Sylvia’s affair dress in a passionate red hue, Peggy’s back-to-the-Don-Draper-Show subtle three-piece suit, and Joan’s office-commanding royal blue look. Click through to find out all the details on this week’s looks for episode seven of Mad Men‘s sixth season.
We’re loyal followers of the fabulous styles seen on both Mad Men and New Girl, which is why this week we’re asking you—and our more than 580,000 Facebook followers—to vote on which leading lady’s style you’d most like to copy. Are you more of a classic Betty Draper (January Jones) or quirky Jess Day (Zooey Deschanel)? Tell us your thoughts by heading over to InStyle’s Facebook page to vote now.
Mad Men just keeps getting better! This week, we saw the women of the show go through very intense emotions—Megan craved Don’s attention again, Joan showed her frustration, and Peggy proved her innocence—and their wardrobe helped tell the story thanks to the work of costume designer Janie Bryant. “Everything has a meaning,” Bryant told InStyle.com this week. “That is my job as the costume designer: To tell the story and evoke those emotions for the characters and the audience.” Click through to find out all the details on this week’s looks for episode six of Mad Men‘s sixth season.
The happy-to-dark nature of Mad Men‘s lastest episode (season six, episode five, “The Flood”)—which told the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination through the reactions of the characters—was as much reflected in the scenes and dialogue as it was in the clothing. “It was a big episode for costume design,” costume designer Janie Bryant (shown inset) told InStyle.com. “The colors reflect the mood of the show. It changes from the colors in the beginning [like Peggy in sunny yellow while shopping for an apartment] to the dark palette after the assassination. It’s like life. One moment you think everything is beautiful and cheery and sunny, and there are moments in everyone’s life that something sad and dark happens. I wanted to evoke that darkness for all of the characters.” And she did just that—just after the bad news was delivered, the bright palette seen at the formal awards ceremony turned dark and mournful. Click the photo to learn more.
On last night’s episode of Mad Men, “To Have and to Hold,” fans of the show saw the main female characters in three very different states of dress–all purposeful, thought-out decisions made by costume designer Janie Bryant. Megan’s pink brocade sleeveless dress used fashion to impress while Joan’s vintage floral dress used style to show her new authoritative role as a women who goes from office day to night on the town. ”That dress is reminiscent of silhouettes from past seasons, and stands in contrast to the power suits she’s been wearing,” Bryant told InStyle.com. “It’s a little bit more old-fashioned, and I felt it was important to harken back to the past.” Click the photo above to find out more about the costume choices, including that scandalous French maid outfit Megan wore.
Mad Men co-stars Alexis Bledel and Vincent Kartheiser revealed that they were dating last summer—around the time Bledel guest-starred as Kartheiser’s mistress on Mad Men—and have been together ever since. Last month, the pair announced their engagement, and Bledel finally debuted the sparkler she said “yes” to—an octagonal diamond set in a band with pavé stones decorating the sides—at the premiere of her made-for-TV movie Remember Sunday in Los Angeles last night. “I’m a very lucky man,” Kartheiser had shyly told reporters last October. And she’s a lucky lady, too! So, now that you see it close up, what do you think? Leave your unfiltered thoughts in the comments.
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“It’s all about the ladies being bold,” Mad Men‘s costume designer Janie Bryant told InStyle.com of her approach to the latest episode, which aired Sunday, April 14. And she delivered: Peggy exuded authority in her deep purple three-piece design, while Sylvia radiated elegance in a vintage blue dress. Meanwhile, Megan returned to her cable-knit sweater to deliver bad news her new pal. “Megan wore this cable-knit a lot last year, and she wore it when she was depressed,” Bryant explained. “Because this scene was so sad, and Megan was sad in the scene, I wanted to repeat the sweater.” She added a modern twist, just to change with the times. “She’s grown from struggling actress to now being in a soap opera, so I added a collared blouse and wool plaid pants, which is very modern for the period.” Click the photo to get more behind-the-scenes detail, straight from Bryant!
The third episode of Mad Men season six airs tonight, and with it are sure to come many more amazing pieces of sartorial eye candy! Last week, the Drapers, Olsons, and Holloways made a triumphant return, as we saw Don devolve to his old philandering ways, Betty venture to the East Village in search of a very lost girl, and Peggy take the reigns at her new job. InStyle caught up with Banana Republic creative director Simon Kneen—who co-created a collection with Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant—at the brand’s fall preview in New York, where he ruminated on what he would like to see more of on the show. “Obviously, amazing clothes,” Kneen told InStyle.com. “I hope it gets a little more upbeat, because it was getting darker and darker and darker. But that’s Mad Men, I suppose.” We second that! Tune in to AMC tonight at 10/9c to see all the well-styled drama unfold.
Plus, get the scoop on last week’s Mad Men outfits!