MAD MEN costume designer Janie Bryant has revealed the secret to creating the show’s characters’ glamorous vintage look.
"It starts with wearing the right foundations that accentuate your curves," Bryant told us. "In those days, it was all about longline bras, girdles or garter belts, stockings, and slips. For modern women we do not wear the same foundations, but we can find modern shapewear that defines the body in the same way more comfortably."
In August last year, Bryant was made wardrobe advisor at shapewear brand Maidenform- consulting and offering her expert advice to the brand - a collaboration that came about through her work on Mad Men.
"I’ve always had a passion for lingerie and shapewear," she explained. "During the second season of Mad Men, there was an episode that included a Maidenform advertising campaign. I was inspired to look at some of Maidenform’s iconic ads for my book, The Fashion File. Upon our initial meeting, we had shared passions in everything intimate apparel and the rest is history. Whether you call it underpinnings, foundations, intimate apparel or lingerie, undergarments influence so much in fashion. They determine how you walk, stand, and the way your clothing looks.”
Bryant’s costumes for the hit US series has turned her into a fashion heavyweight, with millions wanting to replicate the retro looks seen on lead characters Joan Holloway, Betty Draper and Peggy Olsen.
"There are so many influential women in the fashion industry, I’m certainly happy to be considered one of them," she said. "I’ve always had an affinity for film and fashion, and have looked up to greats like Adrian and Edith Head. It’s great to follow my passion and have others share my interests."
Although Bryant refrains from naming the character whose style she likes the most (“It’s like choosing a favourite child”), she doesn’t mind revealing where she finds her vintage gems.
"I design pieces from scratch and rent from the amazing costume shops in Los Angeles," she told us. "I buy vintage and redesign vintage as well."
PaleyFest 2012: 'American Horror Story,' 'Mad Men' and 'Modern Family' to Be Spotlighted
The Paley Center for Media has announced the first participants of the 29th annual PaleyFest: The William S. Paley Television Festival, taking place next year from March 2-14.
FX’s hit horror drama American Horror Story from Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk will open the television festival. AMC’s Mad Men returns to PaleyFest after being featured in its first season. ABC’s Modern Family will close the fest; this marks the comedy’s second visit.
Information on talent and creative teams will be announced later. Additional TV shows will be announced in the coming months.
PaleyFest will return to Beverly Hills’ Saban Theatre. Premium passes, including tickets to each event, will go on sale Thursday, Dec. 8.
AHS and Mad Men? MM2 is a very happy gi- er, gender neutral mod.
According to a new report released this week by Oceana, less than 1% of the highly migratory sharks reported caught in the Atlantic Ocean are protected from overfishing by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), the group that’s charged with protecting them.
And what’s more, the report indicates that three-quarters of the highly migratory shark species being caught in ICCAT fisheries are classified as threatened in parts of the Atlantic by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
That’s a heck of a lot of neglected sharks.
Some sharks, like tunas, travel long distances across the oceans, so their populations can’t be effectively managed by any one country. That’s where ICCAT comes in. Although ICCAT is the appropriate body to manage sharks in the Atlantic, Oceana’s new report shows that current efforts are grossly insufficient.
Most shark species in the Atlantic are vulnerable to overfishing because of their exceptionally low reproductive rates. Currently, ICCAT only has protections in place for a few species including hammerheadand oceanic whitetip sharks, although many other sharks are threatened, including porbeagle, silky, and shortfin mako sharks.
And these sharks are far from man-eating monsters, mind you — they are top predators that keep the ecosystem in balance. When these sharks are overfished, it affects the entire the ocean food chain — and most likely not in a good way.
A shocking 50% of ICCAT fishing countries did not report any shark catches at all in 2009. Such massive underreporting of shark fishing makes it extraordinarily difficult to know what impact fisheries are having on sharks.
Oceana scientists are present at the ICCAT meeting this week, and they are calling on the 48 countries that fish in the Atlantic to adopt greater measures to protect these vulnerable sharks.
The fishing countries of the Atlantic can no longer ignore the shark populations they are responsible for protecting. We should be scared for sharks - not of them - and ICCAT must do more to protect our oceans’ top predators.
“We all need to look in the mirror and see the things that are beautiful in ourselves, and to remind ourselves of what those things are. And it’s nice to have the people around us remind us, too.”— Christina Hendricks, WebMD interview. (really good read.)
Christina Hendricks insists the wait for the new season of Mad Men will “be worth it”.
The stunning actress plays office bombshell Joan Holloway in the hit ABC drama, which is set in 1960s New York. Season five is set to premiere in March 2012.
Christina says fans won’t be disappointed by the new storylines.
“I know it’s been a little bit of a wait, but it will be worth it,” she assured in an interview with Access Hollywood. “We’re already shooting our tenth episode.”
Christina’s character Joan was left in a dilemma at the end of last season. She found out she was pregnant, but was unsure who the father was.
Christina is remaining tight-lipped about the controversial storyline.
“It wouldn’t be fun if I told you, you gotta wait!” she smiled. “There’s some really great storytelling. You’ll have to wait and see.”
Christina’s co-star Jon Hamm will be directing some of the episodes in season 5. Christina was impressed with the actor’s skills behind the camera.
“He’s natural,” she said. “John Slattery has also directed a couple episodes. They know the story so well and they know us so well and their notes are fun. It’s very, very easy to work with them. They’re really great at it.”
Christina is also promoting another new venture. The red-headed beauty is featured in video game Need for Speed: The Run.
“My husband [Geoffrey Arend] is a huge video game player,” she explained.
“I had to enter his world! It’s like, ‘I’m going to be in the video game, you won’t be able to get away from me!’”
Meanwhile, the show’s creator Matthew Weiner has put an end to speculation that Jon’s character Don Draper will be killed off at the end of the show.
Matthew has already plotted the future for Don, and it involves him living to an old age.
"I do know how the whole show will end — and it doesn’t mean Don’s gonna die,” he revealed. "How I hope to end the show is, like, it’s 2011 and Don is 84."
Matthew also explained there will be two further series after season five has aired.
EW has learned exclusively that Mad Men actress Kiernan Shipka is set to guest on ABC’s Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23 as herself. The storyline finds Van Der Beek (who plays himself on the midseason show) signing on to do a movie playing a single dad after learning Shipka will co-star.
Spoiler alert: Matt Weiner shares ideal ‘Mad Men’ ending
We know how “Mad Men” is going to end. We know, because show creator Matt Weiner blabbed it over the weekend at a Los Angeles fundraiser for Planned Parenthood, during which he was interviewed by comic and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” regular Jeff Garlin. And Grantland — the Web site started by ESPN’s Bill Simmons — was there, reporting.
In March, AMC and “Mad Men” production house Lionsgate announced that they’d settled their differences with Weiner and signed a deal: They would bring back the show — with Weiner at the helm for three more seasons — culminating at the end of a seventh season. And here’s how Weiner says the period drama — and orgy of product placement — ends.
Oh, and we assume you’re an adult and therefore take responsibility for continuing to read. No spoiler-whining tolerated:
“I always felt like it would be the experience of human life. And human life has a destination. It doesn’t mean Don’s gonna die. What I’m looking for, and how I hope to end the show, is like . . . it’s 2011. Don Draper would be 84 right now. I want to leave the show in a place where you have an idea of what it meant and how it’s related to you. It’s a very tall order. But I always talk about ‘Abbey Road.’ What’s the song at the end of ‘Abbey Road’? It’s called ‘The End.’ There is a culmination of an experience of people working at their highest level.
“I was 35 when I wrote the ‘Mad Men’ pilot, 42 when I got to make it, and I’ll be 50 when it goes off the air,” Weiner continued. “So that’s what you’re gonna get. Do I know everything that’s gonna happen? No, I don’t. But I just want it to be entertaining, and I want people to remember it fondly and not think it ended in a fart.”
IMDb has the fifth episode of MM Season 5 titled, “Signal 30”. Signal 30 is police code for a car accident with injuries. That’s it, that’s all I got. Is it March yet?
Lord do we wish it was! in an interview Christina Hendricks did a couple of weeks ago (somewhere around that) she mentioned they’d wrapped up episode 6/7. My memory is bad so I could be wrong but I wonder if those shots of Jon and Jessica (Don and Megan) on set arguing near a car might have some connection.
Christina Hendricks to star in "Seconds of Pleasure"
According to the Hollywood Reporter, MAD MEN star Christina Hendricks is set to star in the upcoming film, SECONDS OF PLEASURE. In addition to Hendricks, the cast of the independent film will include Matt Dillon, Julia Stiles, Brendan Fraser and Kristin Scott Thomas.
The film is based on the 2004 book of short stories by author Neil LaBute, whose movie writing credits include In the Company of Men and the Wicker Man. LaBute will pen the script for this latest film adaptation. Mike Figgis, the Oscar-nominated director of Leaving Las Vegas, will direct. STV, the Scottish broadcaster will be producing the project along with Margaret Enefer, Bill Shapter and LaBute.
SECONDS OF PLEASURE will tell the story of six different couples whose lives are brought together.
Producer Enefer commented, “Neil has written an incredibly candid, blazingly witty script. We know Mike Figgis will make it shine in the most sensitive and imaginative way possible. It’s a thrill to have them working together with this amazing cast.”