Experience the World of ‘1923’ Through the Eyes of Costume Designer Janie Bryant

Today, The Paley Center for Media has announced the “1923” Exhibit: Costume Design Across Three Continents, an immersive exhibition showcasing the Emmy Award-winning costume designer Janie Bryant’s craftsmanship and artistry. Running from Wednesday, April 5 to Sunday, May 28 at The Paley Museum in New York City, this experience will transport guests back in time to the treacherous world of 1923, the acclaimed drama series following the Dutton family’s origin story from Academy Award-nominee Taylor Sheridan, which is exclusively streaming on Paramount+.

The exhibit pays tribute to the iconic series. It will display original costumes from 1923 with designs from various locations in the series, including the warm African savannas, Big Sky Montana, and the idyllic shores of Italy. Curated from over 1000 costumes, including those worn by Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren, this exhibit showcases the craftsmanship and artistry of Bryant’s work. Visitors will witness how her costumes shape the characters’ stories and develop the world of 1923.

Bryant is widely recognized for her pioneering and era-defining costume designs, which have become legendary looks for film and television throughout her career. From Don Draper’s gray suits and Joan Harris’ wiggle dresses in Mad Men to Pennywise’s time-spanning clown outfit in It, Elsa Dutton’s blue traveling dress in 1883, and Al Swearengen’s pinstripe suit in Deadwood, her ability to visualize innumerable rich details of a past time and place through costumes adds dimensionality to each character, authenticity to the world of the story, and vibrancy to the composition of every scene. Her work has transcended entertainment and influenced fashion trends and global brands over the years.

“We are thrilled to present The “1923” Exhibit: Costume Design Across Three Continents, transporting visitors to the captivating world of the Dutton family and showcasing the exceptional talent of Emmy Award–winning costume designer Janie Bryant,” said Maureen J. Reidy, President and CEO of The Paley Center for Media. “We thank Paramount+ for this collaboration and their support in bringing this experience to life, and we look forward to welcoming visitors to The Paley Museum to this remarkably unique exhibition.”

“I feel truly blessed to have had the opportunity to design this epic show and I’m honored that The Paley Museum invited me to display my art for the fans to see up close,” said Janie Bryant. “The characters and story created by Taylor Sheridan, the talent of this amazing cast, and the breathtaking beauty of the locations—from Montana to South Africa—have all been so inspirational. It has truly been an exhilarating experience to be a part of the beauty, strength, and depth of this story.”

The exhibit will feature:

  • Original costumes from 1923 organized into three core settings with props from the show to evoke each place, and align to the show’s main storylines:
    • Roam the Duttons’ Yellowstone Ranch in Montana with its dedicated patriarch Jacob Dutton (Academy Award–nominee Harrison Ford) and his iron-willed wife Cara Dutton (Academy Award–winner Helen Mirren) as they fight for the survival of self, land, and livestock.
    • Trek alongside war-rattled Spencer Dutton (Brandon Sklenar), Jacob Dutton’s nephew, and his companion Alexandra (Julia Schlaepfer) on their odyssey through the East African savannas and their treacherous ocean voyage to Italy as he finds his way back home.
    • Sojourn with Teonna Rainwater (Aminah Nieves), a tenacious young Crow woman, as she strives to escape the brutality of a government residential boarding school.
  • Music & audio from the series, including the official soundtrack and score from the drama, are intermixed with clips of Elsa Dutton’s (Isabel May) iconic narration.
  • Screenings in the Bennack Theater of episodes from the first season of 1923, as well as a curated selection of Western-themed television episodes from the Paley Archive in the Goodson Theater for the whole family.
  • Props from the series include Luggage, Rifle Scabbards, Barrel, Wagon Wheels, Flags, Saddle, School Desks, and more.
  • Family Fun and Education Programming, including Western-themed arts & crafts for children and families to enjoy.
  • Souvenir Photo Moment, where guests can take their pictures against a stunning image of the Dutton ranch along with props from the show.

PaleyLive: A Conversation with Janie Bryant
In conjunction with the exhibition, The Paley Museum will host an in-person conversation with 1923 celebrated costume designer Janie Bryant, moderated by Carson Kressley, Emmy Award–winning TV personality, style expert, fashion designer, and New York Times best-selling author, on Saturday, April 29 at 4:00 pm to discuss her artistic process behind each costume, how her designs are formed as much by the performers wearing them as the script itself, and what has allowed her to be consistently successful in her long career in Hollywood. Tickets are on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority to Paley Members, and can be reserved at paleycenter.org.

The Paley Center for Media is open from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Wednesdays to Sundays. For the detailed schedule, please visit paleycenter.org.

Tickets for admission to The Paley Museum are free for Members; $20 for nonmembers; $16 for students, teachers, seniors, veterans, and first responders; free for children 12 and under; Corporate Members will receive free admission for themselves and a guest when they present their current employee ID upon entrance. Advance ticket reservations can be made at paleycenter.org and are encouraged but not required. All proceeds support The Paley Center for Media’s mission.

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