We’ve all fawned over the glamorous ensembles of Mad Men’s Joan Harper and Betty Draper, but what of the woman responsible for their sixties style? Janie Bryant, the Emmy award-winning costume designer on Matthew Weiner’s hit US series, has long had us longing for the glamorous heyday of Madison Avenue. From the suave suits of Don Draper & co to the sartorial sassiness of their female counterparts, the woman has inspired a new adoration for the swinging sixties.
Now she’s stepping out from behind the camera to front a new fashion competition series which will see wannabe designers tasked with creating various garments in the style of classic Hollywood films or a celebrity’s signature style.
The show – which is being developed with E.J. Johnston and James Deutch, co-creators of NBC’s Fashion Star – will pay homage to the likes of Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant and Grace Kelly, with Bryant and a panel of judges deciding on a weekly basis which contestant has best completed the challenge.
“We loved the idea of tapping into someone like Bryant, who is great at finding a look and designing costumes for film and TV and seeing how it translates into the real world.” Deutch told Deadline. “Janie totally gets how to translate Hollywood to mainstream fashion.”