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Mad Men and Beautiful Women… a Christmas Idea…

November 23, 2010

Janie Bryant selects fashion for Mad Men. Photo from T Magazine

Are you over Mad Men yet??  We seem to talk about Mad Men inspired fashion constantly as people strip off the years and current fashions and instead adopt a look which harks back to the wonderful Fifties.  Well today is a little different, I am not going to preach about one or other dress that has just blown my mind and made me long for a budget so that I can afford to sashay around in Bettie Page, Vivien Holloway and all the others every day of the week!  No today I am going to talk about The Fashion File.

Thankfully it is not a real file but a book written by the Emmy Award winning costume designer Janie Bryant who is responsible for the looks that each of those gorgeous Mad Men women grace the TV screen in.  Her book, released just a few weeks ago in the US, is as much for the lover of vintage fashion as it is for lovers of the TV series.

You can find a copy of the book on Amazon for $17.81 USD plus shipping or it should be available from Borders for $34.95 AUD from the 1st December with a different cover.

A bit more about the book from the publishers:

From Joanie’s Marilyn Monroe-esque pencil skirts to Betty’s classic Grace Kelly cupcake dresses, the clothes worn by the characters of the phenomenal Mad Menhave captivated fans everywhere. Now, women are trading in their khakis for couture and their pumas for pumps. Finally, it’s hip to dress well again. Emmy-Award winning costume designer Janie Bryant offers readers a peek into the dressing room of Mad Men, revealing the design process behind the various characters’ looks and showing every woman how to find her own leading lady style–whether it’s vintage, modern, or bohemian.

Bryant’s book will also help women learn how fashion can help convey their personality. She will help them cultivate their style, including all the details that make a big difference.

Bryant offers advice to ensure that a woman’s clothes convey her personality. She covers everything from where to find incredible vintage clothing and accessories to how to pair those authentic pieces with modern shoes and jeans. Readers will learn how to find their perfect bra size, use color to convey a mood, and invest in the ten essentials every woman should own. And just so the ladies don’t leave their men behind, there’s even a section on making them look a little more Don Draper-dashing.

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