Magazine article Variety

Clothes Make the Men

Magazine article Variety

Clothes Make the Men

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From the very first shot of Don Draper in the final season of "Mad Men," there's something different about him. He's wearing a blue shirt, after having always worn white during seven seasons. It's symbolic of time passing and the transition of his character - and the impactful effect of costume design.

"He wore a combination of vintage suits and those I designed for him." says Janie Bryant, the show's costume designer. "Suits were his uniform - his armor."

For the series finale there was a radical costume change, representing the ad exec's vulnerability and awareness. "The costume design is an important part of him coming to terms with his true self," Bryant says.

In the 1890s, when Lifetime's "The Lizzie Borden Chronicles" is set. oversized leg o'mutton sleeves were the height of fashion. "The important challenge was making them work with my leading ladies,"

says costume designer Joseph Porro. …

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