Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Fashion Office With The Coveteur: Janie Bryant Mad Men Stylist

Explain your job in one sentence please:
I am responsible for the costume design of an entire TV show or film, which includes all cast members and background artists, and to tell the story of their character through costume.

Janue Bryan - Man Men Stylist
What is a typical workday like for you?
One thing that I have always loved about being a costume designer is that every day is different. My workday is usually around 12-14 hours if I’m lucky. A day’s work could consist of reading the script, costume meetings to talk about the script, sketching a design, working with my tailor, working with my assistant costume designer on an upcoming episode, talking with my costume supervisor about budgets and background artists, going to the fabric stores to swatch or buy fabric, going to the costume shops, and chatting about the upcoming scenes with my set costumers, who take care of the actors on set. I always have fittings, and I usually finish my workday by preparing for the next day’s scenes to be shot with my assistant costume designer and key costumer. And there’s always more…

What is your go-to work outfit?
My go-to work outfit is a leather jacket, which I have in many colors and shapes, a detailed t-shirt or blouse, skinny jeans, high-heeled knee boots (usually black), stacks of bracelets/cuffs, sunglasses, and a BIG bag!

How did you get this job? Did you always know you wanted it?
I studied fashion design and thought that I was going to be a fashion designer. I have been designing clothes all my life and made my first dress when I was 8-years-old. When I moved to NYC I was working on 7th Avenue with a fashion designer, John Scher, as his assistant. One night at a party I happened to meet a costume designer named Alexandra Welker. She told me all about her job. I was enthralled with her every word and knew I wanted to be a costume designer from that moment on.

What did you do before you started your company/freelance career?
I was working for a fashion designer, John Scher in NYC.

What’s the best part of your job? The worst?
The best part of my job is working with so many other creative people. While filming, the hours can be long, so the worst part is that I don’t have enough time to spend with my husband and my poodle.

How important is having a fashionable/chic work area?
I would say it is of the utmost importance to have an inspiring work area, rather than having a fashionable/chic work area. Because it is my passion to costume design period film projects, it is extremely important to be immersed in the period that I’m working on. Therefore I always have inspiration boards everywhere in my office filled with photos, tear sheets, designs, and swatches.


Janie has also written a really lovely book called The Fashion File, which was bought for my by my lovely friend Noelle for Christmas.  Thanks Noelle, it's one of my favourites.

Happy Tuesday.  Love & Sparkle, Lady Mirror  Ball x

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