Unless youve been living under a rock youll know that Janie Bryant is the costume designer for Mad Men, responsible for dressing Christina Hendricks curves, turning January Jones into a style icon and inspiring countless catwalk collections. Being obsessive Mad Men fans here at ELLE, we jumped at the chance to chat to Janie when she hit London for a flying visit last week. Heres what she had to say
Do you love London?
I do. My first trip I was 15 years old and I was here with my all girls boarding school. It was my first trip to Europe and London was my first stop, and goodness we got into a lot of trouble. Since then Ive always loved it.
Where do you always try to visit?
My favourite place to be is the V&A because I always love to see the costumes there, Im obsessed. Its such a beautiful museum
How did you get into costume design?
I studied fashion design and I was working on 7th Avenue in New York for a fashion designer. I had met a lot of film people being in New York at that time and I just started getting interested. I always had a passion for old movies and Id also studied costume history when I was at school and it was a natural progression to go into costume design. I got a job with a designer for a movie and then it just grew from there.
Why do you think Mad Men has had such an impact on the fashion world?
I think its because the period is so accessible, its still modern and still quite relevant. Am I surprised? I think its more like it makes me happy, you know? And Im flattered, and its exciting.