Best Job Ever: Janie Bryant, Mad Men Costume Designer

How could you not be mad for Janie Bryant? The ultra-talented costume designer is ridiculously good at her job (check out that Emmy chilling on her bookshelf), effortlessly stylish, and, probably one of the nicest people ever. We dropped by Janie’s cozy, sunlit Los Angeles studio to ask her how she got such an awesome job, the details on her recently published book and soon-to-come website, and, of course, what it’s like dressing the ladies and gents of Sterling Cooper.


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    Caitlin 06/14/2011 at 2:45 pm #

    Okay that seriously is the best job ever!

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    meghan @ out of order 06/14/2011 at 3:00 pm #

    I love her! She had a little blurb of favorite things in Vanity Fair a few years ago and listed Disney movies and seam rippers as some of her faves, how cute 😉

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    Richard (ModCloth) 06/14/2011 at 3:50 pm #

    I was not aware (until just now when I looked up more information about her) that she also designed the costumes for another amazing show, Deadwood. What a resume she has!

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    Cristina 06/14/2011 at 4:03 pm #

    I think I loved her work on Deadwood even more than Mad Men. Mrs. Garret’s dresses alone…

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    Sunita 06/14/2011 at 4:30 pm #

    I a quite jealous because she has THE best job ever!

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    Meredith 06/14/2011 at 9:47 pm #

    She is so adorable and a serious rock star!!

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    Annie (ModCloth) 06/15/2011 at 12:17 am #

    I think “best job ever” is a serious understatement when it comes to Janie’s amazing career. This is a great interview and I can honestly say I’m inspired. Thank you!

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    Ann 06/15/2011 at 4:33 am #

    Yay, this was awesome!

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    MB @YarnU iPhoneapp v1.2 06/15/2011 at 12:33 pm #

    Best job ever is right…and I can’t wait to read the book sometime. I wrote a book on Chicago’s Fashion History, so I’m always looking to learn something new.

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    Hannah (ModCloth) 06/15/2011 at 7:38 pm #

    Since historic fashion makes me weak in the knees, I have to agree with everyone else: best job ever, indeed!

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    Jamie 06/15/2011 at 11:41 pm #

    Wow!!! THis girl has got it all!! Such a creative inspiration for me-go Janie!!!

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    Mor 06/16/2011 at 1:46 am #

    Wow! Stunningly talented girl

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    The Queen of Anneland 06/16/2011 at 12:42 pm #

    WHAT AN INSPIRATION!!! I work with costume designers as a graphic designer and just to hear Janie’s passion & confident outlook towards what she’s doing and how she’s sharing it with the world…SHE’S BRILLIANT! What a wonderful interview, thank you ModCloth!

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    Dynomysus 06/16/2011 at 1:10 pm #

    As a Halloween costume designer, this is a wonderful glimpse into another facet of the design industry. It’s completely inspiring. It’s also nice to know we’re not the only ones working crazy hours with ridiculous deadlines 😉 Good things we have cool jobs that we love!

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    carla mccarthy 06/16/2011 at 1:30 pm #

    That’s a great interview! Congrats Modcloth for the excellent work! Byt he way her blouse is amazing!

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    Allie (ModCloth) 06/16/2011 at 1:47 pm #

    Be still, my heart! She is extraordinary 🙂

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    Gedy 06/16/2011 at 8:16 pm #

    It’s great to see other people that are in different creative avenues. So inspiring.

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    Susan (ModCloth) 06/16/2011 at 8:46 pm #

    Love love love her!!

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    vicki 06/17/2011 at 7:37 am #

    amazing interview! she is so inspiring! i want her job!! lol 🙂 x

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    Louise 09/06/2011 at 6:44 am #

    Janie does design, but only very few of the pieces you see on the show. A very high percentage of what you see is vintage clothing. She is more of a stylist. The show actually buys alot of clothing from the store I work at here, called Orlando Vintage Clothing & Costumes. We’ve been featured in several magazines for our work on the show, and we also supply vintage clothing to Boardwalk Empire. 🙂

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      Louise 09/06/2011 at 10:18 am #

      Just super proud to be a tiny, tiny part of what she does. It’s amazing what she pulls together! Keeps me watching each season.

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    Louise 09/06/2011 at 6:50 am #

    Here is the link to the story:

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    Darlene 11/15/2013 at 10:27 am #

    I have a burning desire to have a job like this young lady. I ooze vintage fashion. How to break into this??

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