You've probably heard of costume designer Janie Bryant. Not only has she won awards for her work on our favorite sartorial series, Mad Men, and the under-appreciated Deadwood, but she's also about to release a personal style guide.
Now the costumer is stepping out of her (assumed) comfort zone and into ready-to-wear with a collection for QVC. Janie Bryant Mod is, unsurprisingly, 1960s-inspired. We chatted with the Los Angeles-based designer to get an idea of what's in store.
There's lots of animal prints in this collection--were you just feeling that for fall, or was that specific to the QVC customer? I think animal prints are going to be very strong for fall overall and that the QVC customer will love them. They're fun, fresh and bold.
I'm assuming you did a couple of dresses. Let's talk about them! This first collection for fall is key statement pieces...faux fur jackets, faux fur capelets, jewelry,cardigans, jewelry, and a great handbag. Watch for some dresses for spring and summer.
I'll be anxiously waiting! Obviously the collection is inspired by the 1960s. Do you wear a ton of vintage yourself--how would you describe your personal look? I love vintage...of course...I think it is great to mix a fantastic vintage piece with modern contemporary clothes for a unique style of my own.
It feels like, over the last ten years or so, people have started to care more about how they look on a day-to-day basis. Do you agree with that? Is the collection a reflection of that? It is great that people are caring more about how they look everyday. That's a reflection of the image they want to project and how they feel about themselves. I want women to have fun with this collection. To experiment with a few key pieces that can transform the whole look and reflect who they want to be that day or night! I'm getting married and wearing a custom dress that is very 1960s. Do you get requests from people to do custom work all the time? YES! I do get requests all the time for custom design. Have you thought about making that into a separate business? Maybe one day, but now I'm focusing on my QVC collection.