Though I am one of the few, apparently, who is not devoted to the TV series “Mad Men,” I am very aware of it. Perhaps it reminds me too much of what I saw in my New York PR career in the ’80s. But I do admire what I know of the “look” of the series — how its atmosphere, environment and costumes combine to advance the story.
The costumes are the work of designer Janie Bryant, who was interviewed by Emily Brennan for the Travel section of The New York Times on June 17, 2012. Why the Travel section? Turns out that what Ms. Bryant sees and photographs when she travels helps her find ideas for clothing.
Details of buildings seem very important to her process:
“I find myself taking photos of architecture, which I keep in a file as a reference for designing fabric prints.”
“When I was (in Greece), I photographed these scrolled, intricate iron gates at the entranceways of hotels, houses, even stairs.”
“(In Cartagena), I kept taking shots of door knockers … each one has a different style … in the shape of fish and animals, cast in copper or a kind of gunmetal.”