Holiday Gift Guide 2010: The Fashion File by Janie Bryant Review

Friday, December 17, 2010 Posted by Dina N

Are you a fan of Mad Men? Do you love fashion? Or maybe you have someone on your holiday list who loves fashion and watches Mad Men, and has been very, very good this year. The Fashion File: Advice, Tips, and Inspiration from the Costume Designer of Mad Men by Janie Bryant with Monica Corcoran Harel is just the book for you.

Book Description
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 Men have 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 peek into the dressing room of Mad Men and reveal the design process behind the various characters' looks. But it 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.

My Review
The Fashion File is a beautifully put together tribute to fashion. Janie Bryant, the designer behind the retro-chic outfits that help make Mad Men a hit show, knows what she is talking - and writing - about. There are tips, ideas, amazing accessories, and wonderful illustrations that are a true inspiration for anyone interested in style. You don't have to spend tons of money - even though in fashion, the best will often cost you a pretty penny - or be a clotheshorse to enjoy this book. I loved the interesting tidbits about history of fashion, the pictures of stylish accessories, and Janie's fun and oh so helpful fashion advice. The photographs and illustrations are amazing, and even though I would not apply every single tip to my wardrobe, I got tons of great ideas out of The Fashion File.

Disclosure / Disclaimer: No monetary compensation was obtained for this post. I received a complimentary copy of the book to facilitate this review. The opinions expressed in this post are mine and may differ from yours.


  1. Beth said...

    This will be perfect for my Mad Men following friends.

  2. SKY PRINCESS said...

    I love everything about Mad Men and have the greatest collection of vintage costume jewelry to go with any of the 1960's fashions. Sounds like a great book!

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