No series on television right now is more lauded for its slick image than Mad Men. One of the key forces behind its signature ’60s look: costume designer Janie Bryant. The Emmy award winning talent honed her skills first on the HBO hit series, Deadwood, before arriving to Mad Men where she’s responsible for the zaftig curves of Joan Holloway and the polished iciness of Betty Draper. When not working on set, Bryant keeps busy with a slew of other projects including a fashion line for QVC, consulting for Maidenform and a new book, The Fashion File. The Tennessee-born, Los Angeles-based designer shares her most treasured heirloom with us: her great aunt’s diamond and platinum ring.
How do you live with your heirloom?
I wear it everyday on my right ring finger.
Who in your life has most influenced your personal style and taste?
My maternal grandmother, Etoile Lillard Chesnutt, or Gran Gran.
Fill in the blank: Whenever I look at my_____________I can’t help but smile.
Standard poodle, Lucie,
What’s the best part of your day?
Having coffee in the morning at my home in L.A. and enjoying nature in my own backyard.
What’s the most memorable gift you’ve ever received?
My mother sent me beautiful diamond earrings in the regular mail. I’ll never forget it and always think of the gleeful, shocking, surprise when I wear them.
What was your last purchase that you believe will mean something to you 10 years from now?
My Judith Leiber monogram bag.