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! **

Catching up… and Links!

Hey Frocktalkers!! It’s starting to get bananas around here – holiday season is in full swing, and I’ve just started a new job. I’ve been posting cool articles about costumes like crazy on Twitter – follow me @Frocktalk – and I am going to recap some of the highlights here for you now.

Nice article about the design of CLOUD ATLAS

Interesting – Food Network’s new show features costume designers, airing 12-30-12 at 8P/7C – the show is called SUGAR DOME!! I want to see a cake dress!!!  Looks like fun.

LA Times piece about Deborah Nadoolman Landis’ new book about Hollywood Costume Sketches – it’s a beautiful book, BTW!

Beautiful article about Deborah Nadoolman Landis – advocate for costumes!

LA Times article about costumes in the Awards-contending films

Another LA Times article (Go, LAT!) about costumes becoming fashion trends…   (continued after the jump)

An interesting costume exhibit in Orange County – see it on your winter break!

Nice interview with costume designer Mark Bridges about Silver Linings Playbook and The Master

Lovely Featurette about the costume design of Les Miserables – Paco Delgado, dsgr

Hollywood Reporter’s Costume Designer Roundtable

LA Times article about Lincoln’s costumes with desgr Joanna Johnston

Julie Weiss talks with the Wall Street Journal about her HITCHCOCK costumes

Our friends over at In Contention ponder who might be nominated for costumes…

Obituary of David C. Copley, huge advocate of costume design, and founder of the David C. Copley Center for the Study of Costume Design at UCLA. Rest in Peace & thank you.

NY Times article about the fabulous Hollywood Costume exhibit at the V & A in London – see it before it closes on January 27!

From GQ magazine – Costume Designers dish on their fave menswear costumes

You can also follow Frocktalk on Facebook and find updates there as well. Hope you have a great week – I will be back with more reviews and news for you!

– KMB

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