Janie Bryant

Janie Bryant is an American television costume designer.

Her two most notable works are the HBO Western series Deadwood, for which she was awarded the Emmy Award for Outstanding Costumes for a Series in 2005 and Mad Men, for which she’s designed since 2007.

From a nearly age Bryant became obsessed with old movies, such as Gone with the Wind, The Sound of Music, Ten Commandments, and The Wizard of Oz. She claims that much of her inspiration throughout her career has stemmed from this obsession for old films. She also enjoyed television shows such as the Partridge Family, the Brady Bunch, Father Knows Best, My Three Sons, Bewitched, and Get Smart.

After finishing college, she moved to Paris and then to New York, where she learned the craft from designer John Scher. After meeting a costume designer at a party, Bryant found her calling and began to work on movies and commercials in Manhattan.

After some independent work, including a Nick at Nite commercial, Bryant’s career grew through work with David Milch series Big Apple, which led to work on his Deadwoodseries that ran on HBO. It was her work with Deadwood that later led to an interview for Mad Men with the series creator Matthew Weiner. She has been nominated for three Emmys for her costume design on Mad Men.

Mad Men-inspired collections popped up all over runways in 2008 and designers including Michael Kors, Prada and Vera Wang have cited Bryant or the shows on which she worked as key influences. She is credited with a huge role in bringing vintage (and vintage-inspired) pieces to contemporary clothing. Her work on Mad Men has also led to partnerships with Brooks Brothers (a limited-edition « Mad Men » suit) and Banana Republic’s Back to Work line.

For Bryant’s own influences, she relies not only on others designers with whom she has worked, and research into the periods, but also real life people who she sees in the characters. For example, Grace Kelly in Betty Draper. Among the key elements essential to recreating the 1960s look in the show’s cast are foundation garments, which then led to a partnership with Maidenform.

Surprisingly, what’s up next for Bryant is not costume design. She recently joined handbag line Koret as a « Brand Envoy » and she’s even shopping around a reality show. But her next biggest project is a line of legwear (i.e. tights) under her own name — Janie Bryant Leg Couture — produced by Doris Inc.

 

Filmography / COSTUME DESIGNER

  • Mad Men (2007–Present)
  • John from Cincinnati (2007)
  • The Hills Have Eyes II (2007)
  • Deadwood (2004–2006)
  • Alien Hunter (2003)
  • Sniper 2 (2002)
  • Hack (2002)
  • Big Apple (2001)
  • The Big Kahuna (1999)
  • Simply Irresistible (1999)
  • Dead Broke (1999)
  • Scar City (1998)
  • Bad Manners (1997)
  • Mr. Jealousy (1997)
  • Under the Bridge (1997)
  • Grind (1997)
  • Highball (1997)
  • Ripe (1996)
  • Palookaville (1995)
  • Blessing (1994)

cinema passionate, fashion addict, curious, enthusiastic.

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