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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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About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
Being such a huge fan of the show and Janie's work, I'd done my homework and read a ton of interviews with her, as well as listened to all her commentaries on the Mad Men DVDs. I was really excited when I found out about this book, and considered it getting it for myself as a Christmas present. I ended up finding it at my local library though, and was glad I did: while the information offered is very useful, it is extremely short, and I finished it in cover to cover in less than an hour. And I felt like I had heard it all before. She gives general tips such as, know your individual body type, and know your coloring, which is definitely very important advice. But there isn't really that much beyond that. What a girl should do with this information? I wanted examples of styles Janie thinks goes well with each body type and coloring, and I wanted visuals. There are a few fashion sketches, some of which are from Mad Men, but no real meaty material is included. There's about one or two promotional shots of Mad Men characters with captions, but that's it. There is a section on the importance of accessories, but I would have loved to see examples of outfits paired off with these pieces.
I would say the most interesting part in this book was the few pages in which Janie gives her opinion on her favorite fashion icons from the ages: from Rita Hayworth, to Clara Bow, to Brigitte Bardot, but even then it seemed very brief.Read more ›
The formatting for Kindle is really not good. I might have finished the book if it were better. I don't know what's involved in the process of converting a manuscript for mobi, but the publisher needs to look into doing that.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you love mad men and you love fashion then this is for you. Its written by the stylist for Mad Men- so you get some info on mad men but also on her personal style. Read morePublished 6 months ago by happy banker
So much fun to read- if you love fashion and Mad Men or the Mad Men era of fashion, then this is the right book for you. Read morePublished 14 months ago by christine
This is a beautifully designed, well illustrated book with a handful of truly useful fashion tips and advice. Read morePublished 16 months ago by L. Osborne
Some pencil markings on the cover and paper scraps on the inside, but I adore this book.Published 17 months ago by Kayleigh Crandell
Great fashion tips! I especially enjoyed reading how the costume designer helps develop the characters of Mad Men through the costumes.Published 20 months ago by Lisa DeGrenier