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 '2010'

Awardsapalooza 2010-2011: It Begins!!

Well, you know it’s awards season when you start receiving “For Your Consideration” ads in the mail. The winner of First Advertising Mailer of the Season goes to: How To Train Your Dragon (Dreamworks). Yes, it’s animated. But that doesn’t stop Dreamworks from asking us costume designers for our consideration. The winner of First DVD of the Season goes to: Alice in Wonderland (Disney). Big corporations spend millions of dollars each year asking us to consider projects for awards. Are they worthy? What about the smaller films that can’t afford awards advertising? Are they somehow less worthy? Awards season always makes me uncomfortable and slightly agitated for this reason.

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From the LA Times: Burlesque

The LA Times has a great interview with Michael Kaplan about the costumes from the upcoming film Burlesque.  It is positioned for 2010 Awardsapalooza consideration – read the article HERE!

— KMB

Freedom of Speech, Bigotry, and Scooby Doo

photo: nerdyapplebottom.com

photo: nerdyapplebottom.com

The tale of “Boo” and his Halloween costume is making the viral rounds of the internet.  Long story short: boy wants to dress up as Daphne from Scooby Doo.  His mom helps him with his costume.  They go to school; other moms chastise her for allowing her son to cross-dress.  Mom blogs about the experience.  My take: it’s just a costume; don’t have a cow!  Experimentation with costumes helps children to explore their identities and frame their world.  As a costume designer, this costume fracas is a non-issue, but it’s sad that not everyone understands costume as a form of expression.  What do you think?

— KMB

The Social Network

Review Date: 10-12-10

Release Date: 10-1-10

Runtime: 121 min.

Period: 2003 – 2004

Costume Designer: Jacqueline West

Well, awards season has officially begun. The Social Network is a great film, and between it and Inception, the race is already underway.

The Social Network is, on the surface, the story of Facebook. However, on closer inspection it is a story about the isolation and disenfranchisement of the “uncool”, the less privileged, the outsider, marginalized by whatever means relevant.

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LA Times: Tudors/Mad Men/Glee

Great article today in the LA Times by featuring interviews with costume designers Joan Bergin (The Tudors), Janie Bryant (Mad Men) and Lou Eyrich (Glee).  Check it out HERE!

— KMB

Comic Con 2010: Saturday! Baby Shrek Takes on the Con!

So today at the Con, Saturday, was my day to spend with Baby Shrek and Mini Lightning McQueen (hereafter “MLMcQ”).  We set out at mid-day to avoid crowds trying to mob Baby Shrek for autographs or earwax candles.  It was a good idea.  Saturday is notoriously the most crowded, crazy day at Comic Con.  This year was no exception.  Crowds were heavy and thick, and not everyone remembered to wear deodorant (or, for that matter, not everyone remembered to NOT STAB ANYONE).

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Comic Con 2010 — TRON: the Alternate Reality Game

Sorry for the bit of bad language in the beginning there. This is an interesting story – it’s like The Amazing Race for Tron fans. Check it out!

– KMB

Comic Con 2010: Chandler Explains Jack Kirby

This is artist Chandler Wood explaining a costume sketch by comic book legend Jack Kirby.

Also – this just in – photos from the LA Times photo booth at Comic Con!  Enjoy!  More posts later tonight!

— KMB

Comic Con 2010: Friday!

Tony Stark/Iron Man

Tony Stark/Iron Man

Hello Frocktalkers! I am totally exhausted after a long day 1 (for me) of Comic Con this year. I saw some amazing things and had a great time, and I have some photos for you after the jump!

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Comic Con – Don’t Miss This!!!

Hey Frocktalkers!  If you are at the Con in the next few days, you are not going to want to miss the following:

EVERY DAY from 9A – 7P at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel (just south of the Convention Center) is the COSTUME DESIGN ILLUSTRATION EXHIBIT.  The exhibit is in the AQUA level, rooms 311 and 312.  There are going to be a LOT of cool illustrations there, including some that I did for Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2!  Check it out!

Friday at 11AM in room 32 AB it’s the CDG TELEVISION PANEL, with designers Audrey Fisher (True Blood), Ane Crabtree (Justified), Shawna Trpcic (Firefly), Pamela Shaw (Assistant Designer, Vampire Diaries),  Jennifer Eve (Assistant Designer, Glee).

Friday from 12Noon – 1PM in the Sails Pavilion you can get AUTOGRAPHS from all the costume designers from the television panel.  And just between you and me, they will probably have some cool ephemera from their shows that they will sign for you!

Friday at 2:15PM in Hall H don’t miss Costume Designer Wendy Chuck and the panel for the upcoming film DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK!

Friday at 5:15PM, in Ballroom 20, it’s Costume Designer Audrey Fisher and the TRUE BLOOD panel!

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