03 November 2010

Book Review: The Fashion File: Advice, Tips, and Inspiration from the Costume Designer of Mad Men by Janie Bryant with Monica Corcoran Harel

I recently received a copy of the book, The Fashion File: Advice, Tips, and Inspiration from the Costume Designer of Mad Men by Janie Bryant with Monica Corcoran Harel and forward by January Jones.


Confession: I actually went to college to be a fashion designer - specifically, I wanted to be a costumer designer. I was thinking more for a famous rock band more than for movies and TV back then, of course ;) - but that's what my original declared major was. When I ended up with the professor from the hot land down under (we're not talking Australia here), I changed my major to my second love - history. It hit me after having my ideas and designs belittled that GASP! I didn't actually need a degree in fashion to create what I loved best, all I needed was my creativity and my sewing skills. Take that, rotten lady who shall not be named. Hmph!

The Fashion File isn't just about the character's clothing on Mad Men, it also talks about how YOU can create your own style based on this vintage look. This book is chock full of fashion advice that unfortunately, way too many people either don't know, or just ignore. The proper fitting clothes and accessories can make anyone look like a bombshell just like Joan Halloway's character on the show. It's all about the fit and the style. Let me use the actress who plays Joan (Christina Hendricks) as an example: On this show, and many award shows you'll see her attend, the fit of her clothes is perfect for her body. She's a size 14, but outside her bust size, she usually looks several sizes smaller thanks to the right fit.


Ms. Hendricks is currently working on a new movie called Drive. Google some of the pictures that have been leaked of her on this set - the wardrobe is very different. She's wearing lazy fitting clothing, and actually appears to look more like a size 20 even though she's not. That's difference with the proper fit. I know it myself - there's also a vain reason why I rarely wear pants - I don't look right in them. Skirts are far more flattering for my body. Some of the best dresses in my wardrobe are vintage ones from the 50's and 60s.

If you love fashion, if you're a vintage clothing junkie like me, or if you're just obsessed with Mad Men too, you'll want to snag The Fashion File. It's well done, and not just for women, either - you'll find out about Donald Draper's style, too. ;) It's not just full of 1960's vintage style, either - it includes from the 1920's and yes, everyone's favorite decade of glam, the 1980's.

The Fashion File: Advice, Tips, and Inspiration from the Costume Designer of Mad Men by Janie Bryant with Monica Corcoran Harel and forward by January Jones is available now at your favorite bookstore and online. Hardcover edition, it contains 175 pages and the suggested retail price is $26.99.

I received a copy of this book in order to write a review. No other compensation was given.

1 comment:

Lin said...

Cool! I love how you use this lady as an example. How true it is--it is the fit that makes or breaks an outfit.