January 4, 2011

The Fashion File by Janie Bryant

The Fashion File: Advice, Tips, and Inspiration from the Costume Designer of Mad Men by Janie Bryant with Monica Corcoran Harel is all about fashion from Mad Men, but with a spin to use in your very own life.

Book Description
“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.” – The Fashion File

My Thoughts
I love the style from other decades and I’ve always loved design sketches of fashion. This book combines both into a beautifully crafted book all about the fashion from Mad Men. The Fashion File is in full color and is a stunning book that any fashionistas would love, even if they never watched a single episode of Mad Men. However, those that love the show would of course enjoy it even more.

The Fashion File shows you how to determine which type of a leading lady you are, and how to use certain colors to give off the particular vibe that you want to exude. Based on your shape, you also learn which type of fashion staples would look best on you. The fashion sketches and real pictures used help to give perfect visual examples.

From the vintage designers, amazing accessories, and of course the style from Mad Men, and everything in-between, you will learn more about fashion than you perhaps thought you’d ever know. Overall, I really enjoyed the book and think that all of my favorite fashionistas reading this will too.

* Thank you to the publisher of The Fashion File, Grand Central, part of the Hachette Book Group for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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