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The Fashion File: Advice, Tips, and Inspiration from the Costume Designer of Mad Men Hardcover – November 4, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Life & Style (November 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446572713
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446572712
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #593,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'a peek into the show dressing room...showing every woman how to find her leading lady style' SEW --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Emmy-winning costume designer Janie Bryant creates all of the looks seen on TV's Mad Men. She has worked on numerous films and TV shows. In 2005, she won an Emmy for her period costumes on HBO's Deadwood and she took home the prestigious Outstanding Costume Design award from the Costume Designers Guild in both 2009 and 2010.

Monica Corcoran Harel is a Los Angeles-based style writer who has reported on fashion and the culture of keeping up appearances for InStyle, Variety, Forbes and the Style section of the New York Times. She also consults as a fashion expert for Project Runway.

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Emmy-winning costume designer Janie Bryant creates all of the looks seen on TV's Mad Men. She has worked on numerous films and TV shows. In 2005, she won an Emmy for her period costumes on HBO's Deadwood and this year, she took home the prestigious Outstanding Costume Design award from the Costume Designers Guild. Monica Corcoran Harel is a style and culture writer who has reported on fashion, beauty, and celebrity for InStyle, Variety, Forbes, and other magazines, and is a contributor to the Style section of the New York Times and of the Los Angeles Times magazine.

Customer Reviews

This book is a must have for Mad Men fans that admire those great 60's looks, and fashion in general.
Lee - Christchurch, NZ
This lady knows and loves her subject so much, she's managed to make us look back to Jackie and Audrey for inspiration.
Summer Lover
I read this book cover to cover, and I feel like I picked up some good tips while having a lot of fun.
Nikki

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By lovecoats on November 13, 2010
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I've been a fan of Mad Men since episode one. I love seeing the world as it was around the time I was born, when my parents were in their thirties. The tone of the show is largely due to Ms. Bryant's talents.

I've always been a fan of classic & vintage inspired clothes and jewelry & when you add in the wonderful acting & writing on the show, what more could you want!

As a curvy girl, Joan is my hero & watching her has given me more confidence when I dress.

Janie's book is full of good info above & beyond the normal fashion books. My favorite piece of advice in the book is to stand up straight, shoulders back & "be an exclamation point, not a comma". That's the best fashion advice of all time- If I find myself slumping, those words straighten me up & I instantly feel better.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Alexandra K. on November 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
It should be noted that I have little fashion sense, but I absolutely love reading about fashion, especially its evolution as an art and medium of expression. When I received this book, the first thing I did was flip through it to see just what was covered. I was thrilled to see a survey of fashion from eras not restricted to that of Mad Men.

One of my real favorite things that was covered in this book, and really what was at the heart of the book, was the strong inspirational tone of developing one's personal style. It touched on the idea of colors matching with moods, silhouettes for particular body shapes, and activity/career-minded clothing.

For the fashion lover, this book would serve as a reinforcement of the rules they already know, and for me, it was the perfect primer for a lifetime of likely continued mismatched patterns, but also the added reason for me to continue to appreciate those in my social circle who dress to impress around the clock.

Special thanks to Grand Central for the opportunity!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer on November 28, 2010
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I went through the book and then felt somewhat like the other reviewer that this book was written mostly for someone else. If you are the type of person that wakes up in the morning and don't know who you are until you put on a particular look, then this book is probably for you. To me, and maybe I missed something here, but to me, this book seems like it is written for someone who lives their life from the outside in. That is to say, they do not know who they are until they establish a certain look through their wardrobe that they select in order to know who they are.

Personally, if I were having someone design clothes for me, I would hire someone who could know about me and what my lifestyle was so they could design a wardrobe around who I was - not fit me into a wardrobe to define who I am for the day. I think the book has some merits already mentioned by some of the other reviewers, but I think this book lacks some of the variation and detail I would have expected. Such as what type of colors and designs around the neckline, shoulderline, waste line, hip line, and so on. I think this is what many women have questions about and many women seek a fashion statement that is mostly their own. While the book brushes the surface of these topics and the body types (straight, apple, pear, hour glass) and so on, it does not give a further examination of the subject and is more about frills and thrills than it is about practical wardrobing. I feel it is written on a level for juveniles and teens or early twenties. Not enough goes into practical work, play, dinner, entertaining, etc., the types of wardrobing that can be dressed up or down. Exploration of color is not even investigated nearly enough.
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41 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Kim Chow on December 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Asked for and received this for Christmas as a Mad Men fan and fashion-savvy, if not obsessed, New York media type (living/working in LA). While the book does cover some basics and is an interesting read, I was a little disturbed by the number of times the author insists that due to the ironclad rules of "femininity," a woman simply cannot be well-dressed without high heels, a tightly cinched waist, and hours spent staring into the mirror each morning (in sexy lingerie she bought for herself and wrapped in one of her collection of vintage kimonos) before she leaves for work.

While she occasionally tries to ground her pronouncements in the real world, this is not a book of advice from a professional costumer about how to minimize flaws and enhance assets in order to become a chic veterinarian, or rancher, or any other occupation a professional woman might want to create a properly-proportioned, attractive wardrobe for -- the "advice," such as it is, is strictly for women who want, and are able, to dress in an exaggeratedly girly way, with sky-high heels, rigid girdles, sparkly hair barrettes, silk turbans, marabou boleros, etc., etc. Bryant's insistence that every woman must be ready to face intense scrutiny of her "look" at all times and should never leave the house without being done up to the nines "in character" reveals a queasy undercurrent of narcissism -- not to mention incredibly inflexible gender norms -- that I found a little off-putting, even as someone who cares quite a bit about clothes. In my opinion, the Lucky magazine and Tim Gunn books cover this same terrain with less judgment and better suggestions.
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