Clothing and fashion have been an obsession for Emmy® Award Winning costume designer Janie Bryant. Raised in Cleveland, Tennessee, Bryant was fascinated by colors and textures, constantly creating fabulous designs from a very early age. As a young child her mother introduced her to old movies and she instantly became an avid fan. Watching the vibrant colors, intricate patterns, and memorable costumes became a favorite pursuit of her summers. She watched classic films like The Sound of Music, Guys and Dolls, Gone with the Wind, Gi Gi and My Fair Lady, and it would be these iconic films that would serve as the inspiration for her future career.
Bryant attended Georgia State University, where she studied drawing and painting. After deciding to pursue her dream to become a fashion designer, Bryant left to enroll at The American College of the Applied Arts. After graduating Cum Laude, Bryant moved to Paris, and then to New York, where she worked closely with fashion designer John Scher. It was in New York that Bryant met a costume designer. Bryant was fascinated by this career that allowed her to pursue her love for fashion and film. She started working on films and commercials in New York, and in 1999 decided to make the move to Los Angeles to explore opportunities on the west coast.
Bryant received critical attention for her work on HBO’s western themed project, Deadwood, and numerous prestigious nominations and awards. In 2005, 2006, and 2007 she was nominated for a Costume Designers Guild Award for "Outstanding Costume Design for Television Series– Period/ Fantasy," and she was also nominated for Emmy® awards in 2004, 2005, and 2007 for "Outstanding Costumes for a Series," taking home the coveted award in 2005.
Mad Men has started a new chapter in Bryant's career. She has received national and international praise for her work on the series, and has even caught the attention of many fashion designers who have designed collections inspired by the fashions from the show. Bryant was nominated again for a primetime Emmy® for her work on Mad Men in 2009, 2010 and 2011. On January 20th 2011, the Costume Designers Guild honored her again with her 3rd consecutive nomination for “Outstanding Costume Design for Television Series – Period/Fantasy,” for her work on Mad Men, which she has won in both 2009 and 2010. Bryant was honored with the Edith Head Award at Fashion Group International’s Night of Stars in October 2010. Bryant was also honored at the 2011 New York Women in Film and Television Designing Women Gala in May 2011. Other honors for Bryant include being listed as a fashion icon in “ELLEments of Personal Style: 25 Modern Fashion Icons on How to Dress, Shop and Live” (Gotham 2010), being voted fashion’s most influential of 2010 by Refinery29, and included in the 2010 Vanity Fair 100 most influential people worldwide of the year.
Bryant has worked on numerous projects including the Janie Bryant capsule with Nailtini, a fabric inspired collection of nail polish. She continues her work with Maidenform as a brand ambassador for their intimate apparel and shapewear lines and recently worked with the company to design the Maidenform 90th Anniversary capsule collection. In October 2010, Bryant released her book called, The Fashion File (Hachette/Grand Central). Bryant launched her website of inspirations, www.JanieBryant.com, in July 2011. Janie collaborated with Simon Kneen on the design for the Banana Republic/Mad Men Collection which launched to great media and consumer response in August 2011 and has just launched a second collection with the company which went on sale March 1st. Janie also recently launched a Fabric Care Guide in conjunction with her role as Brand
Spokesperson for the Downy Wrinkle Releaser brand, giving tips and advice on fabric care and wear for vintage and contemporary fashions.
Bryant is a gem in the costume design world. She offers so much more to the screen than just fashion, as her innovative ideas and costumes inspire and entertain audiences around the world. Keep an eye out for her this year as she continues to design for Mad Men and expands her role as costume designer and designer in new areas.
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