Image: Ahh … so do you think women today don't have that hourglass figure that was sexy in the '60s?
Twiggy-look happened, and people became obsessed with that stick figure. Going back to hiding the hourglass, I think men are very much the same. They want to hide their bodies as well. Guys will wear baggy jeans, baggy shorts. I mean, think about the '80s with "Magnum P.I." There's no way that you'd see a guy walking around [now] with short shorts. I think there is a definite modesty in people showing their bodies now.
Image: Do you think you've changed the face of vintage?
Bryant: It's been such a part of my lifestyle since the '80s. I've just always known people who have done this too. I guess it's become more popular since "Mad Men." I mean, maybe. People tell me all the time, "Omigod — we're going to a 'Mad Men' party!"
Image: How should someone buy vintage, since sizes are so different nowadays?
JB: Just know your bust, waist and hips. Our sizes don't translate. Our clothing now is vanity-sized.
Image: What's something really special you have in your closet?
Bryant: One of my favorite things I've had forever is a 1950s hand-painted silk bag that I found at the Salvation Army. I have an amazing YSL peasant blouse from the '70s that I found at a thrift store that I love. I've held on to that thing forever.
Image: Everyone calls you Janie. But your first name is Katherine. Just curious — why go by Janie?
Bryant: It tends to be a Southern custom. When someone says Katherine ... I know they don't know who I am!
Image: Whom do you recognize and relate to most in the show?
Bryant: My grandparents remind me so much of the show. The three-martini lunches, the meetings, dinner parties — there definitely is that familiarity. But me….both Rachel and Betty. Especially growing up in the South, you're expected to get married and have kids. So that's why I say Betty. I definitely grew up with that understanding, even though there wasn't pressure from my family — except a bit from my dad. That's still a cultural thing too. And Rachel, because she's this other part: a successful, independent businesswoman who has discovered who she is.
Image: Whose wardrobe do you envy from the cast?
Bryant: I love Trudy. I love Betty too. Betty because of her different parties, hostessing, petticoats, ruffles and aprons. She's all about the ladylike look. She's all girl. Trudy, she just has the best hats! She's so beautiful and picture-perfect. I love her style and her suits. I think she's a character that keeps up with fashion.
Image: What about your book?
Bryant: I am so proud of this book. I can't even believe how it came together. I'm proud of the message that's about getting your own personal style and becoming your own leading lady. Feel great from the inside and work outwardly. I think it's what you tell yourself when you look in the mirror. I think it's also about what you say to people in conversations about yourself. Find the things that make you feel special and go with that.
Lou Eyrich, "Glee"
Eyrich won a Costume Designers Guild award for "Glee," which has garnered 19 Emmy nominations. She was behind the über-luxe looks of "Nip/Tuck" and has dressed some of the coolest crooners on the scene. (Prince is one of many on her resume.) Her quirky/cool vision for "Glee" drew the attention of Madonna and Lady Gaga when she created costumes paying homage to the divas but realized through the Eyrich eye.
Image: Congrats on having more than 4 million Facebook fans for "Glee." Did you expect the show to be this huge?