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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 p 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.


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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 p 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.

30 review for The Fashion File: Advice, Tips, and Inspiration from the Costume Designer of Mad Men

  1. 4 out of 5

    Erica

    What an utter disappointment. This book may be marketed as an insight into the costume design behind Mad Men, but the reality is that it has very little to do with the iconic show. Instead, Bryant presents a forgettable book filled with recycled style tips that might have been pulled from any generic women's magazine. Try getting a bra that fits! Oh, really? Thanks for that. In addition to this oh-so-original advice, Bryant attempts to show readers how they can incorporate elements of vintage st What an utter disappointment. This book may be marketed as an insight into the costume design behind Mad Men, but the reality is that it has very little to do with the iconic show. Instead, Bryant presents a forgettable book filled with recycled style tips that might have been pulled from any generic women's magazine. Try getting a bra that fits! Oh, really? Thanks for that. In addition to this oh-so-original advice, Bryant attempts to show readers how they can incorporate elements of vintage style into a modern look. Note that by "vintage" she does not mean the New Look/early 60's style that the book purports to be about. Instead she attempts to cover most of the 20th century, reducing the Mad Men era to all of two pages in the only chapter dedicated to vintage fashion. Bryant does not seem to be all that enamoured of the fashions she designs for Mad Men. She even goes so far as to say that "you never want to look like you just walked off a Pan Am flight from 1962." I think that lots of fans of her work on the show would disagree. Along with Bryant's recycled style tips, she also attempts to inject some body confidence into the book - which would be a good thing, if it seemed at all like she believed in it. Joan Holloway (played by the gorgeous Christina Hendricks) has been an inspirational character for the last five seasons of Mad Men. Her incredible curves have helped to reshape contemporary beliefs about female beauty, so you would think that the woman who dresses her would have some more insights into this phenomenon. Unfortunately, despite a few token statements about loving your body, Bryant urges her readers to outfit themselves to look thinner. In addition to this, the (admittedly talented) drawings throughout the book portray only one body type - the waif-like figure common in the same magazines that Bryant borrows her style advice from. In the chapter on Defining Your Silhouette, the thin (white) woman has a barely discernible difference between her bust/waist/hips, and several inches of empty space between thighs that could never touch. Joan Holloway has no place in this book. If you're interested in this book because you'd like to read about the styles Bryant designs for the show and learn how to mimic some of those looks, don't bother. This book is not about Mad Men, it's about Janie Bryant. And it turns out that she's just not very interesting.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Angelc

    This really is a beautiful book, perfect for fans of "Mad Men" and fashion in general. The illustrations in the book are absolutely gorgeous! I loved every single one! I really liked the author's philosophy of embracing and loving yourself the way you are. She repeats the message throughout the book and never suggests making changes beyond style and fashion. However, sometimes the fashion suggestions come off as slightly snobbish. I would have loved to have seen at least one footwear option other This really is a beautiful book, perfect for fans of "Mad Men" and fashion in general. The illustrations in the book are absolutely gorgeous! I loved every single one! I really liked the author's philosophy of embracing and loving yourself the way you are. She repeats the message throughout the book and never suggests making changes beyond style and fashion. However, sometimes the fashion suggestions come off as slightly snobbish. I would have loved to have seen at least one footwear option other than heels! Being tied into "Mad Men", I did think this book would feature more vintage style than it actually did. There was only one chapter on vintage, which was my favorite. The author went through the eras from 1920's-on and chose her favorite items from each decade. I also loved the part of the book that took inspiration from classic film actresses and actors. This is a fun book, and gorgeous to look at! I would definitely recommend it to fashion lovers. They are bound to find inspiration here, without having to follow every one of her fashion mantras. I will probably take bits and pieces of her style advice, but I still love my jeans and flats! book sent by publisher in exchange for honest review reviewed for http://inthehammockblog.blogspot.com

  3. 4 out of 5

    George Spiggott

    Aside from an interesting section on vintage shopping, most of The Fashion File's content is pretty generic -- "pears should wear this, apples should wear that", 10 essential items every woman should own, work out your bra size, wear heels and makeup, etc. It's not bad, but if you've heard all of that a hundred times before, you'll probably be disappointed. If you're looking for fairly basic fashion advice, this should fit the bill, but you could probably do better elsewhere. If you're looking fo Aside from an interesting section on vintage shopping, most of The Fashion File's content is pretty generic -- "pears should wear this, apples should wear that", 10 essential items every woman should own, work out your bra size, wear heels and makeup, etc. It's not bad, but if you've heard all of that a hundred times before, you'll probably be disappointed. If you're looking for fairly basic fashion advice, this should fit the bill, but you could probably do better elsewhere. If you're looking for in-depth secrets from Mad Men's production, don't bother. Very nice-looking book though.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Justine

    I'm not saying that Bryant gives bad advice, she obviously knows what she's doing and is very good at her job, but honestly? Keeping a fashion diary? Fat ankles as the one flaw you need to overcome in order to dress the way you want? A whole chapter on menswear adressed to the woman who wants her man to dress better? And how many women do you know who collect It-handbags? The style was just too over the top for me to take seriously, so any good advice buried within the heaps of pretentiousness w I'm not saying that Bryant gives bad advice, she obviously knows what she's doing and is very good at her job, but honestly? Keeping a fashion diary? Fat ankles as the one flaw you need to overcome in order to dress the way you want? A whole chapter on menswear adressed to the woman who wants her man to dress better? And how many women do you know who collect It-handbags? The style was just too over the top for me to take seriously, so any good advice buried within the heaps of pretentiousness was lost. Much like GOOP, really. I wonder if Bryant and Gwyneth Paltrow are friends.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    This is a good, thorough style book. A lot of it is the usual stuff you’d find in any style/fashion guide – dressing for your body type, picking colors that work for you, how to accessorize - but hearing it from Janie Bryant's perspective made it worth reading and more inspirational than most. I liked the section on vintage clothes and accessories and how to work them into a modern wardrobe, and the little tidbits throughout about her work on Mad Men. I also like that she talks about "underpinni This is a good, thorough style book. A lot of it is the usual stuff you’d find in any style/fashion guide – dressing for your body type, picking colors that work for you, how to accessorize - but hearing it from Janie Bryant's perspective made it worth reading and more inspirational than most. I liked the section on vintage clothes and accessories and how to work them into a modern wardrobe, and the little tidbits throughout about her work on Mad Men. I also like that she talks about "underpinnings" and how important they are. I think my favorite section of the book was actually the part on menswear! I didn’t know anything about men’s suits, types of collars, ways to tie ties, etc., so that was interesting. Janie Bryant is so cute. She’s from a very Southern family, and it shows in her attitude toward dressing, which I love. She thinks you shouldn’t leave the house without at least making an effort, that sneakers are only for athletic events, is a big proponent of shapewear, and thinks black tie should mean a proper tuxedo for men. She was the perfect costume designer for Mad Men, in other words, because she still believes in there being a proper way to do certain things, and yet she's very creative and not stuffy.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mardel Fehrenbach

    The Fashion File by Janie Bryant, was more exciting, visually appealing, and just fun to read, but ultimately not particularly useful. The book is "dishy" and fun but it offers nothing really new. It looks at dressing with the eye of a costume designer, which is fine and not at all unexpected considering that Janie Bryant is a costume designer, and as I mentioned before the illustrations are fabulous. The sections where Ms. Bryant wrote about how she defines the character by clothing and cut and The Fashion File by Janie Bryant, was more exciting, visually appealing, and just fun to read, but ultimately not particularly useful. The book is "dishy" and fun but it offers nothing really new. It looks at dressing with the eye of a costume designer, which is fine and not at all unexpected considering that Janie Bryant is a costume designer, and as I mentioned before the illustrations are fabulous. The sections where Ms. Bryant wrote about how she defines the character by clothing and cut and color was fascinating, and her take on vintage clothes and how to combine them to create a modern silhouette was also interesting. I am happy to have read the book but it is not a book to hold my interest after the initial thrill.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Come for the fashion tips, stay for the gorgeous vintage accessories shown.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kerry

    I borrowed this from the library but liked it so much, I ordered a copy. It has a lot of great advice about how to look your best and focus on less is more, but also on how to accent and appreciate one's best features and recognize that our "imperfections" are what make us unique. The tone is not at all preachy though and doesn't have a self-help vibe, which is in itself a huge accomplishment. For example, on page 32, she talks about resolving to change your body image rather than bemoaning some I borrowed this from the library but liked it so much, I ordered a copy. It has a lot of great advice about how to look your best and focus on less is more, but also on how to accent and appreciate one's best features and recognize that our "imperfections" are what make us unique. The tone is not at all preachy though and doesn't have a self-help vibe, which is in itself a huge accomplishment. For example, on page 32, she talks about resolving to change your body image rather than bemoaning something you don't like and spending 10 minutes everyday really looking at yourself and saying something good about each body part until it becomes habit. I have blown through a lot of fashion books this year as I am now in my very early 40s and want to look good without looking like I am trying to be 25 and I can't emphasize enough how annoying many books are - assuming readers are either clueless, vapid, overly focused on bling, whatever else. I was really looking for a book that focused on style and self-expression, rather than consumer fashion and creating specific looks and this was it for me. Personal style is how we tell other people what we value or don't value and while I think it's totally fine not to be a slave to or even interested in fashion, it is at least helpful to know how to use clothing as a means for self expression and recognize that other people ARE judging you by your appearance. I really liked the sections on fashion history and inspiration from specific people and periods. If you like the show Madmen, this book is also great for that reason.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gabrielle

    Sigh… If you have ever read a style book before, you won’t learn anything new in Ms. Bryant’s book. Also, some of her advice is very specifically for women who have a lot of time, money and sedentary lifestyles, so it might not be very realistic for everyone. I also feel like she pays lip service to body positivity and figuring out your own style… just before giving you a lot of advice about how to look slimmer and uber-feminine… It felt so condescending, and this sort of privileged snobbishness Sigh… If you have ever read a style book before, you won’t learn anything new in Ms. Bryant’s book. Also, some of her advice is very specifically for women who have a lot of time, money and sedentary lifestyles, so it might not be very realistic for everyone. I also feel like she pays lip service to body positivity and figuring out your own style… just before giving you a lot of advice about how to look slimmer and uber-feminine… It felt so condescending, and this sort of privileged snobbishness really turns me off. But the real issue with this book is that I was expecting it to be about vintage and vintage style clothing, accessories, make-up and hair style… because you know, that’s what we see in the show. But alas, this is much more about how Janie Bryant likes to dress and shop than about how to look like Joan and Betty… Maybe I didn’t read the book blurb properly before buying it, but I really expected a more structured “how to” that was specifically themed after the show. The second star was earned solely by the gorgeous illustrations. Do not bother with this book: it’s all fluff.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    I thought I was going to love this, but I didn't really. The bits about costuming - choosing colors, fabrics, styles, how the wardrobes are put together - are fascinating and I enjoyed those. But that was just a small bit of the book. A lot of it was creating your own style and while she would shove a "Dress to please yourself! Love what you wear and you'll be beautiful!" every couple pages, she really didn't seem to believe that. It was all shoulds and shouldn'ts and how to be very very feminin I thought I was going to love this, but I didn't really. The bits about costuming - choosing colors, fabrics, styles, how the wardrobes are put together - are fascinating and I enjoyed those. But that was just a small bit of the book. A lot of it was creating your own style and while she would shove a "Dress to please yourself! Love what you wear and you'll be beautiful!" every couple pages, she really didn't seem to believe that. It was all shoulds and shouldn'ts and how to be very very feminine. And even though that and the 50s/early 60s silhouette is my favorite and one I personally strive for, I know that it's not the only one out there like she wishes/pretends/advocates for. I get the idea that she'd pat me on the head in a very condescending manner if she heard I didn't like heels. But she's really great at her job.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Bianca Woods

    Beautiful illustrations, but not really much new material for anyone who knows much about personal style. Considering the detail and work put into the costumes on Mad Man, I was really hoping for something more for advanced... this book, while interesting, was definitely geared towards style beginners.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    I am a fan of MAD MEN, and the era of the 60's is by far my favorite, BUT this book is a major disappointment! Maybe it's because I'm a fashionista, but none of the "advice, tips, and inspiration" are new. In fact, they're dated and you can learn more about the MAD MEN era from wikipedia. I am a fan of MAD MEN, and the era of the 60's is by far my favorite, BUT this book is a major disappointment! Maybe it's because I'm a fashionista, but none of the "advice, tips, and inspiration" are new. In fact, they're dated and you can learn more about the MAD MEN era from wikipedia.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Gina

    I got this for Christmas 2010-I still love turning the pages every now and then. Until I saw the show, I had no idea there was another side to 60's fashion (I thought it was all hippie wear!) I could so dress like this all the time! I got this for Christmas 2010-I still love turning the pages every now and then. Until I saw the show, I had no idea there was another side to 60's fashion (I thought it was all hippie wear!) I could so dress like this all the time!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    As childish as this sounds, I liked this book because of the pictures.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Stefanie

    A nice read, but lacking in content. I like when an author tells me about his/hers inspirations and experience, but the whole book shouldn't be like that. The chapter about mens style (about 25 pages) basically covered a simular amount of information as the women got, except maybe a more vintage details for the women. Which leaves maybe 100 pages of filler (in my opinion). Therefore: It was okay. Recommend? No, read something from Susannah and Trinny instead. A nice read, but lacking in content. I like when an author tells me about his/hers inspirations and experience, but the whole book shouldn't be like that. The chapter about mens style (about 25 pages) basically covered a simular amount of information as the women got, except maybe a more vintage details for the women. Which leaves maybe 100 pages of filler (in my opinion). Therefore: It was okay. Recommend? No, read something from Susannah and Trinny instead.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    I was really looking forward to this one, but I had expected more of a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the Mad Men costumes rather than a bland fashion guide. Moreover, it is very much catering to white and wealthy, omitting outstanding fashion trends throughout the decades from numerous cultures and negating anything other than a designated fashion budget and giant closet. The illustrations and photographs however are gorgeous!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amy K

    While not what I was hoping for, (a more in-depth look at the costuming of Mad Men,) it was an interesting look at the costume designer's fashion outlook and her advice. My daughter (7), who is interested in fashion design, thinks it is fascinating. While not what I was hoping for, (a more in-depth look at the costuming of Mad Men,) it was an interesting look at the costume designer's fashion outlook and her advice. My daughter (7), who is interested in fashion design, thinks it is fascinating.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn Page

    Love, love, love, LOVE! From the fashion illustrations to advice on getting that vintage fit. Unlike other books which merely point fingers at things, this tells you what shapes, what measurements, what aesthetic. I'm mad over it :) Love, love, love, LOVE! From the fashion illustrations to advice on getting that vintage fit. Unlike other books which merely point fingers at things, this tells you what shapes, what measurements, what aesthetic. I'm mad over it :)

  19. 5 out of 5

    M

    Fairly basic fashion advice, with some Mad Men examples thrown in. Some interesting tips and examples, but a lot of the book assumes that the reader wants to look feminine with an hourglass silhouette.

  20. 5 out of 5

    N

    Lovely book. I just wanted more Mad Men stories.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Anne White

    Fun to look at, but not very useful.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jay Rose

    I now need to go watch Mad Men and take copious notes.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Angtburg

    Very useful tips for those not considered fashion forward ... Or even classic style :)

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jocelyn

    Generic, but has pretty pictures.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Read ch 1-4 + 7 (mostly focused on women's fashion) Read ch 1-4 + 7 (mostly focused on women's fashion)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Glasser

    I usually don't like fashion tip books. I find that the advice they give is often shallow and only viable for a short amount of time, and is therefore is better suited to periodicals. This book has elements of your typical fashion book, but because it focuses a great deal on vintage fashion and its application as costume in television, it offers more than the average book. Janie Bryant shows us how she uses vintage clothes and styles in her look everyday but manages to modernize them to suit her I usually don't like fashion tip books. I find that the advice they give is often shallow and only viable for a short amount of time, and is therefore is better suited to periodicals. This book has elements of your typical fashion book, but because it focuses a great deal on vintage fashion and its application as costume in television, it offers more than the average book. Janie Bryant shows us how she uses vintage clothes and styles in her look everyday but manages to modernize them to suit her lifestyle and to not look like she's wearing a costume. This is the secret of her success which is illustrated by her translation of the Mad Men look into her Banana Republic line. There are lots of opinions here, many of which might not be appealing to the average reader. Bryant insists on wearing heels. She demeans tennis shoes and flip flops as being only appropriate for the gym and the beach. She criticizes the lack of polish in the average person's wardrobe and preaches the importance of a good tailor. She covers all the bases of a look from the dress, the shoes, the bag, the gloves, and the hat. She discusses menswear and women's wear and often ties her comments back to examples from Mad Men and legendary style icons. A lot can be learned from this book, but the lessons I took away were to always be open to trying new things and to radiate confidence in everything you do. These things will keep you looking great no matter what the current trend is.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Hines

    Advice, Tips, and Inspiration from the Costume Designer of MAD MEN I'm one of those women who love vintage. I love old pieces. To see how our clothing has evolved over the years is very interesting. Yup, I was one of those girls who had big hair, leggings, and shoulder pads in the 80's! I don't watch the hit TV show Mad Men, but I've seen it flipping back and forth. The costumes always catch my attention. They are mesmerizing and captivating. They are 60's vintage and Janie does a remarkable job o Advice, Tips, and Inspiration from the Costume Designer of MAD MEN I'm one of those women who love vintage. I love old pieces. To see how our clothing has evolved over the years is very interesting. Yup, I was one of those girls who had big hair, leggings, and shoulder pads in the 80's! I don't watch the hit TV show Mad Men, but I've seen it flipping back and forth. The costumes always catch my attention. They are mesmerizing and captivating. They are 60's vintage and Janie does a remarkable job of staying within that era. In The Fashion File, Janie talks about body shapes, how to wear the correct bra, what pieces go with others, how to pair up vintage with modern jeans and shoes. She also talks about how just an accessory or doing your hair just so can make your whole look. It isn't the clothes that wear you, but you that owns the clothes. She talks about the ten essentials every woman should own. I still need to get that perfect dress! There are photographs of some of her inspirations and she also talks about colors and textures. I found the whole book fascinating and educating. There's also a section for the men, how to pick out the right flattering suit, how to make different tie knots, the ten essentials to a man's wardrobe. If you like fashion, vintage, or are a big fan of MAD MEN, you'll want to pick up a copy for yourself!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Toni

    I am a big fan of the tv show Mad Men and never miss an episode. And while I find the authentic sets and clothing beautiful (and a trip down memory lane), I'm not obsessed with the styling like I see some people are. There are women redecorating their homes, getting total Mad Men makeovers and having Mad Men themed parties. That's not me. This is a beautiful book written by the stylist behind the show, Janie Bryant. You get behind the scenes looks at her process for dressing each character and t I am a big fan of the tv show Mad Men and never miss an episode. And while I find the authentic sets and clothing beautiful (and a trip down memory lane), I'm not obsessed with the styling like I see some people are. There are women redecorating their homes, getting total Mad Men makeovers and having Mad Men themed parties. That's not me. This is a beautiful book written by the stylist behind the show, Janie Bryant. You get behind the scenes looks at her process for dressing each character and the detail involved is very interesting. The forward is written by January Jones and there are contributions from other cast members as well giving insight into how Bryant makes them comfortable as they transition from reality into the lives of their characters. The fashion advice given in this book are designed to help all women, but it still felt like it was a little biased to the whole vintage, Mad Men style. I did enjoy her tips of dressing while being influenced by each decade. If the 20's flapper designs appeal to you, Bryant shows you how to make that look work in the new millennium. I'm glad I didn't buy it. It's not the type of fashion book that I would go back and refer to, but it's worth taking a look at, especially if you enjoy the show.

  29. 5 out of 5

    C

    For fans of Mad Men, The Fashion File gives readers insight on the show's costuming process. The costume designer really begins building the character from the outside, and it makes for a fascinating study. For example, Bryant describes Betty Draper's white outfits as manifesting her desire to be a "perpetual bride". I'll definitely look closer at the characters' costumes from now on! From a fashion standpoint, Bryant urges readers to apply the same concept to their own clothes: find your "charac For fans of Mad Men, The Fashion File gives readers insight on the show's costuming process. The costume designer really begins building the character from the outside, and it makes for a fascinating study. For example, Bryant describes Betty Draper's white outfits as manifesting her desire to be a "perpetual bride". I'll definitely look closer at the characters' costumes from now on! From a fashion standpoint, Bryant urges readers to apply the same concept to their own clothes: find your "character" and express it through colors, fabrics, and style. As someone who reads a lot of fashion magazines I found her advice helpful, but hardly groundbreaking. It was still a great way to while away an afternoon. Her core idea of finding your fashion "character" is advice that I'll attempt to apply to my own wardrobe. This book contains some interesting extras about fashion history and how to buy vintage. I also enjoyed the fashion illustrations, which are gorgeous for anyone who buys this as a coffee table book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    If you are fans of Bryant's work on Mad Men, this might not be your first book to go to - it contains very little information on her work on that show, and very few images. What the book IS good for, is a basic overview of "how to be stylish." As someone who is stylish, it is probably a book I won't revisit too much (though it's great coffee table decor), but for women who are unsure of how to establish their personal style, who have felt like they need a refresher on their wardrobe, or who are If you are fans of Bryant's work on Mad Men, this might not be your first book to go to - it contains very little information on her work on that show, and very few images. What the book IS good for, is a basic overview of "how to be stylish." As someone who is stylish, it is probably a book I won't revisit too much (though it's great coffee table decor), but for women who are unsure of how to establish their personal style, who have felt like they need a refresher on their wardrobe, or who are in desperate need of a makeover, this would be a good book for them. Bryant has peppered the book with some lovely fashion illustrations. But again, none of her renderings for Mad Men. Hopefully her next work will concentrate exclusively on the show, because her costuming is more interesting to me than what kind of bra I should be wearing.

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