"It's about understanding the themes of the script. It's about working with the production designer and the set decorator, knowing what colors and pieces they are going to be using within that set. It's about being true to their character through the costume design and telling that story. But it's also about having all of those costumes being able to work together within that scene, within that set."
About This Interview
In her two-hour Archive interview, costume designer Janie Bryant talks about her interest in design from a very early age. She discusses her childhood in Ohio and Tennessee, as well as her avid interest in films such as Gone with the Wind, which ignited her interest in design for period pieces. She speaks of her first jobs designing for independent films and for television before landing a job with writer David Milch on his television series Big Apple. She describes getting hired by Milch for his HBO series Deadwood, for which she won an Emmy for costume design. She explains her inspiration for the western series and how films influenced her costumes, and then details her work on the AMC series Mad Men. Bryant talks of working with series creator Matthew Weiner and concludes the interview with an extensive tour of the Mad Men costume department, outlining the thought processes and organization behind each of the principal character's costumes. Bonnie Datt conducted the interview on August 9, 2012 in Los Angeles.