Fabric Care Tips From Mad Men Costume Designer Janie Bryant

Published 11:01 am Monday, December 3, 2012

(NewsUSA) – Janie Bryant, the Emmy Award-winning costume designer for AMC TV’s “Mad Men,” knows what it takes to make clothes look great.

Not only does she contribute to the visual representation of the entire cast, she brings a 1960s glamour to the period show that makes real people scour vintage shops to look like Joan Holloway and Don Draper.

Sure, audiences love the characters and their drama, but the beautifully authentic wardrobe stole the spotlight from the start. In her role, Bryant sketches, designs and fits the costumes for each character, which includes custom-made items and rebuilt vintage gems.

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“One thing I’ve always been passionate about is how important presentation is to having great style. Looking pressed and polished is often just as important as what you’re actually wearing,” says Bryant, which explains why she released a fabric care guide of useful clothing advice.

“The best way to pull off that look is to know how to take great care of your clothing. [The Mad Men] era is all about being wrinkle-free and permanently pressed.”

Take a look at some of Bryant’s fabric care advice:

* Some fabrics are vulnerable to water spotting — like acetate, silk and suede — so be careful when applying perfume or body spray. Delicate garments like these tend to require dry cleaning, or hand-washing, and low-heat settings.

* Beware of “pilly” clothing that looks worn out, such as nylon and acrylic. If fabric is susceptible to pills, it’s best to launder, dry and iron at low heat. You may consider laying these items out to dry, especially sweaters.

* Although cotton remains the world’s most popular fabric, it is prone to wrinkling. The majority of cotton clothing can be machine-washed, but items with embellishments or accents should be turned inside out or put in a delicates bag.

* If wrinkles attack, use a fail-safe. Bryant trusts Downy Wrinkle Releaser so much that she advises you to have a bottle at home, in the office and in any overnight bag. Just spritz clothing, shake and gently pull to release stubborn kinks.

“On or off the set, the clothes that I work with and wear always need to look their best,” Bryant says. “Not only does Downy Wrinkle Releaser work well on the vintage fabrics I work with during the day, but all the modern fabrics found in stores today. It’s a must-have for people who need to look neat and pressed and those who need to be out the door in a flash.”

For more information, visit www.downywrinklereleaser.com.