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! **

Tag Archive for '2009'

Lou Eyrich: In Her Own Words

Frocktalk reporters Anthony and Sarah interviewed GLEE’s costume designer Lou Eyrich on the red carpet at the CDG Awards – she gives them sage advice, and she even remembers a very special BG extra she helped dress. AND she won the CDG Award for Glee later that evening!  Congrats, Lou!

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— KMB

Sandy Powell: In Her Own Words

Sandy Powell won the Academy Award last night for her work on The Young Victoria.  In her acceptance speech, she graciously offered her award to all of us costume designers who do contemporary films, or films of a lower budget, films that do not often get the recognition they deserve.  It was a very thoughtful gesture!  To honor Sandy’s achievement (last night was her THIRD Oscar win), here is an interview from the CDG Awards.  Anthony and Sarah spent some time talking with Mizz Powell, and she gives some sound advice.

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— KMB

Awardsapalooza: And the Oscar Goes to…

Ladies and gentlemen, the 2009/10 Academy Award for outstanding achievement in costume design goes to:  Sandy Powell for The Young Victoria!

Congratulations to Sandy and her team!  Party time!

— KMB

Awardsapalooza 2009/10: The Costume Designers Guild Awards!

Congratulations to last night’s CDG Award winners!   They are:

In the Film categories:  Fantasy – Monique Prudhomme, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus; Period – Sandy Powell, The Young Victoria; Contemporary – Doug Hall, Crazy Heart.

And for television:  Contemporary – Lou Eyrich for Glee; Period – Janie Bryant for Mad Men; Miniseries/Movie – Catherine Marie Thomas for Grey Gardens.  In the commercial costume design category, Casey Storm won for his work on the Milkquarius campaign.

More details, interviews and pictures to come – I should have them up by Monday!!  Have a great weekend, and CONGRATS to all!!!

— KMB

Awardsapalooza 2009/10 – The BAFTA Winner!

Congratulations to Sandy Powell on her BAFTA win for The Young Victoria!  This is a great kickoff to the next few weeks for Powell, who returns to LA to receive the Lacoste Career Achievement in Film award at the CDG awards event on Thursday, and then attends the Oscars the following week.  Congratulations to Sandy and her Young Victoria crew – and good luck with the rest of awards season!

— KMB

Mona May: You Have to be Bold

Costume Designer Mona May

Costume Designer Mona May

Roving Frocktalk reporters Anthony Tran, Laura Wong, and JoAnn Orr met up with fabulous costume designer Mona May at the 18th Annual FIDM Art of Motion Picture Costume Design event. As part of our UCLA Costume Design for Film class, they all studied Enchanted and wrote papers about the costume design. Here, they meet the designer, the lady with the answers to all of their questions. To say they were agog upon meeting her is perhaps putting it too lightly.  They were thunderstruck.

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Awardsapalooza: CDG Ballots Due!!

Just a reminder for all of you Costume Designers Guild members — final ballots are due tomorrow, Thursday, February 18 at 5PM!  Don’t forget to make your vote count!  It’s a very exciting pool of nominees this year!  Awards take place on Thursday, February 25, 2010, and we at Frocktalk will be bringing you results as they happen!

— KMB

George Mitchell: Cussing Like a Sailor on Shore Leave

Bradley Laise as Amy Winhouse on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.  Costume designed by George Mitchell.

Bradley Laise as Amy Winehouse on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Costume designed by George Mitchell.

We (literally) ran into the charming and jovial George Mitchell in the food tent at the FIDM Art of Motion Picture Costume Design event! George is currently designing The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and we asked him what he thought of the FIDM costume exhibit!

FT: So what did you think, George?

GM: Overall, I liked the exhibit. I thought it was well presented. As usual the “true” period work, like Young Victoria, is probably going to walk away with all the awards because people don’t think 1930s, ’40s, ’50s is “period”. If you really think about what wins, it’s usually an older-period picture. Same thing with the Emmys; the shows that get the attention are the things set in the 1800s. Most people see something modern and they’re not going to think “Oh, wow! That’s really designed!” And that’s one of the problems.

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Monique Prudhomme: In Her Own Words

It is with great excitement that I present to you a new feature on Frocktalk.com.  It is called “In Their Own Words”.  I have been learning Final Cut, and with my mentor on my shoulder, tonight I give you our inaugural edition:  Monique Prudhomme, Costume Designer of The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.  If you can put up with my insufferably nasal voice and tendency to talk too fast, you will get through it.  Monique Prudhomme is such a talent, and a truly sweet lady.  She is nominated not only for a CDG Award for Parnassus, but also for an Academy Award for her work on the film!  Her costumes are gorgeous, and she tells us here at Frocktalk.com how it all came together.  I sincerely hope you enjoy this interview!  Thank you, Monique, for talking with us!!

SEE THE INTERVIEW ON YOUTUBE HERE!

— KMB

Susanna Puisto: MacGruber and More

Will Forte as MacGruber

Will Forte as MacGruber

As the night of the FIDM costume exhibit opening unfolded, we met up with Susanna Puisto, costume designer of the upcoming film MacGruber. She has designed many movies and television series, including How I Met Your Mother and Buffy The Vampire Slayer. We were so excited to hear about MacGruber, we asked her about a million questions! Here is what she had to say…

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