Welcome to FrockTalk, the web’s only costume-based movie review site. The goal of Frocktalk is to shed light on the magnificent artistry of costume design in motion pictures. Reviews on this site are written by working costume designers in the entertainment industry – people who know, better than anyone, what it takes to make it all happen. The focus of FrockTalk is not to comment on the big flashy costume dramas, but to call attention to the seemingly ordinary costume design work in film that silently and persuasively moves the audience toward understanding the characters. Costume design for motion pictures is an art form that deserves more recognition than it usually gets. Fancy, pretty costumes do not always equal effective, appropriate costumes. The art of the costume is in letting the audience know who the character is, before the actor even has a chance to open his mouth. Read on, and enjoy. ** CAUTION: ALL REVIEWS CONTAIN SPOILERS! **

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RIP Chachi Loving Burke: Mayor of Westwood, Mayor of Everything, King of Mama’s heart, Light of Mama’s life.

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Chachi Burke, hard at work on Sleepy Hollow, Season One.

Chachi was a birthday gift I didn’t know I was getting.  He turned out to be my child.  My son.  He was, in the end, about as much work as a real human son.  He jumped out of a 2nd-story balcony.  I had to pull him around in a little red wagon for three months while his legs were in casts.  He chewed his way out of his travel crate on an airplane and roamed the cargo hold on a flight to Atlanta.  When the plane landed, he jumped out of the cargo hold and delayed flights at the nation’s busiest airport.  He was THAT GUY.

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22nd Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Gala at FIDM!

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Man of Steel Superman suit. Costume designers James Acheson and Michael Wilkinson.

Last night was the big opening gala for FIDM’s 22nd annual “Art of Motion Picture Costume Design” exhibition.  Frocktalk contributor Lauren Fonville and I tore it up – chatting with designers and ooh-ing and aah-ing over the many beautiful works of costume art on display. The exhibit showcased costumes from twenty-one films of 2013, as well as last year’s Oscar winner, ‘Anna Karenina’.

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Sleepy Hollow: Ask the Costume Department, Part 3

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Hello Frocktalkers and Sleepyheads!  Seeing as the season finale of Sleepy Hollow is upon us – TOMORROW NIGHT (1/20/14) at 8PM on FOX – I thought I might do one last quick “Ask the Costume Department” segment from your questions on Twitter.  Thank you so much for watching the show.  We worked so hard on it, and it’s so nice to hear from all of you.  Here we go:

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Awardsapalooza: The Oscar Nominations!

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Congratulations to the following designers and their crews for being nominated for the Academy Award for outstanding achievement in costume design:

  • American Hustle, Michael Wilkinson
  • The Grandmaster, William Chang Suk Ping
  • The Great Gatsby, Catherine Martin
  • The Invisible Woman, Michael O’Connor
  • 12 Years a Slave, Patricia Norris

The big night of the awards is Sunday night, March 2, 2014 at 7P Eastern, 4P Pacific.  I’ll be watching, will you?  In the meantime, it’s time to start looking for The Grandmaster and The Invisible Woman on a screener DVD somewhere – I can’t wait to see them!  Congrats to all the nominees and their teams!

– KMB

 

Awardsapalooza 2103: BAFTA Nominations!

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It’s been a busy morning, folks!  Academy (Oscar) nomination ballots are DUE TODAY and the BAFTA noms were just announced.  Here they are:

COSTUME DESIGN
AMERICAN HUSTLE Michael Wilkinson
BEHIND THE CANDELABRA Ellen Mirojnick
THE GREAT GATSBY Catherine Martin
THE INVISIBLE WOMAN Michael O’Connor
SAVING MR. BANKS Daniel Orlandi

Congrats to all the designers and their teams!!  This is very, very exciting!!!  Huuuurrrrrrraaaahhhhh!!!

– KMB

Awardapalooza 2013 – 2014: CDG Nominees Announced!

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Without further ado, here are all the nominees for the 2013 Costume Designers Guild Awards:

EXCELLENCE IN CONTEMPORARY FILM
Blue Jasmine – Suzy Benzinger
Her – Casey Storm
Nebraska – Wendy Chuck
Philomena – Consolata Boyle
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – Sarah Edwards

EXCELLENCE IN PERIOD FILM
12 Years a Slave – Patricia Norris
American Hustle – Michael Wilkinson
Dallas Buyers Club – Kurt & Bart
The Great Gatsby – Catherine Martin
Saving Mr. Banks – Daniel Orlandi

EXCELLENCE IN FANTASY FILM
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Ann Maskrey, Richard Taylor, Bob Buck
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Trish Summerville
Oz the Great and Powerful – Gary Jones, Michael Kutsche

OUTSTANDING CONTEMPORARY TELEVISION SERIES
Breaking Bad – Jennifer Bryan
House of Cards – Tom Broecker
Nashville – Susie DeSanto
Scandal – Lyn Paolo
Saturday Night Live – Tom Broecker, Eric Justian

OUTSTANDING PERIOD/FANTASY TELEVISION SERIES
Boardwalk Empire – John Dunn, Lisa Padovani
The Borgias – Gabriella Pescucci
Downton Abbey – Caroline McCall
Game of Thrones – Michele Clapton
Mad Men – Janie Bryant

OUTSTANDING MADE FOR TELEVISION MOVIE OR MINISERIES
American Horror Story: Coven – Lou Eyrich
Behind the Candelabra – Ellen Mirojnick
Bonnie & Clyde – Marilyn Vance
House of Versace – Claire Nadon
Phil Spector – Debra McGuire

EXCELLENCE IN COMMERCIAL COSTUME DESIGN
Call of Duty: “Ghosts Masked Warriors” – Nancy Steiner
Dos Equis: “Most Interesting Man in the World Feeds a Bear” – Julie Vogel
Fiat: “British Invasion” – Donna Zakowska

Congratulations to all the nominees!  Party time!!  Awards will be held on Saturday, February 22 at the Beverly Hilton! Get ready for a fun time, people! Tickets will be available soon and I will post a link. Congrats to all the designers and their teams for this honor!!

– KMB

Awardsapalooza 2013: Recap!

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Hello, Frocktalkers, and happy new year!  We are finally done shooting season one of ‘Sleepy Hollow’, and I’ve been crazed with moving house and catching up.  I have seen a few movies (not all of them, sadly) and I have some recapping to do.  Here we go…

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Holiday Gift Guide for Costume-Types 2013

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The gift giving season is upon us, everyone. Whether it’s Hanukkah or Christmas or Kwanzaa or wrap, it’s probably very likely that you will be buying a gift for someone, and if that someone happens to work in the costume department, you might want to listen up.  What follows is this year’s gift list… if you find you need still more inspiration, please consult prior lists HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.  Get your credit cards ready!

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Rest in Peace, Paul Walker, my Hero.

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I am so sick to my stomach right now and I have so much grief welling up inside me that I don’t know what to do about it.  I want to tell you about the real Paul Walker.  People may refer to him forever as the hot blond guy from the ‘Fast & Furious’ franchise, but he was so much more that that.  He was a loving father and a wonderful man.  I had the pleasure of working with him on ‘Running Scared’, and he left me with some things that will stick with me forever.

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Happy 5th Birthday, Frocktalk!

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Hey there, Frocktalkers – can you believe it’s been five years already?  I certainly can’t.  I started Frocktalk during the aftermath of the 2008 writers’ strike, in the shadow of the looming SAG strike that never happened.  There was no work, nothing to do… and I decided that I would take the opportunity to educate the world about our art form.  Five years later, our business has recovered and I am exhausted from too much work! All of the educating of the public has paid off (witness the birth of many other websites devoted to movie costumes) and for that, I am truly glad.  Thank you all for being loyal readers.  Your support lifts me up when I am tired.  Your curiosity about our art form compels me to keep going.  And keep going I will… just as soon as I make Thanksgiving dinner for 14 crew orphans and their friends!  Happy Thanksgiving to all of you American readers.  I am so thankful for your enthusiasm and your support.

– KMB



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