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There’s no denying that costume design has played a major role on Mad Men. From Peggy Olson’s (Elisabeth Moss) plaid prints to Megan Draper’s (Jessica Pare) sexy minidresses, 1960s fashion is given new life — and there’s only one person to thank for that: Janie Bryant.
Bryant, who has been designing for the show since it debuted in 2007, has been nominated for her designs in Mad Men at this year’s Primetime Emmys. But here’s the thing: She won’t be able to attend the Aug. 25 awards show. Instead, she’ll be speaking at a TED conference.
“I’ve been asked to go to Martha’s Vineyard [Film Center] to do a TED talk, so I’ll miss Primetime,” Bryant, who donned a gorgeous green Pas Pour Toi dress, bold David Webb jewels and Stuart Weitzman “Nudist” heels, told Pret-a-Reporter while attending FIDM’s opening night of the “Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design” exhibit on Saturday.
The costume designer wouldn’t reveal the topic for her talk, but did express that “it’s a great honor to be asked to do that.” Instead, Bryant will be attending the Creative Emmys Aug. 16.
With Mad Men in its seventh and final season, the Emmy-nominated designer shared that she’ll miss working with the show’s actors and [Mad Men creator] Matthew Weiner. Another thing she loves about being on set is, of course, designing the costumes. “One of the things I always loved about Mad Men was that it wasn’t the same. Everything was always changing. There wasn’t really the time to get tired of a period creatively,” she said.
Though Bryant wouldn’t say exactly where the show’s costumes will end up, she did hint, “It’s going to be good.” We can hardly wait.
While part two of Mad Men‘s final season airs next spring, Bryant is already working on her next project. “Well, I’m working on selling my TV show called Janie Bryant’s Hollywood. I’m working with producers of Fashion Star. We’re going to get that thing sold. I’m manifesting that right here, right now,” she said with a laugh.
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