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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Awardsapalooza 2012: Oscar Nominations!!

Good morning, Frocktalkers!!  With a drum roll please, here are 2012’s nominees for outstanding achievement in costume design:

Anonymous – Lisy Christl

The Artist – Mark Bridges

Hugo – Andy Powell

Jane Eyre – Michael O’Connor

W.E. – Arianne Phillips

Congratulations, everyone!!!  The awards air live on ABC on February 26 – stand by for more coverage of the event!!  Congrats to all of the costume designers and their crews, and have a great week!

– KMB

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo: Interview with Designer Trish Summerville!

Happy 2012, Frocktalkers! I am delighted to be able to share some insight with you from the costume designer of David Fincher’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Trish Summerville! Fresh from the launch of the movie as well as the launch of The Dragon Tattoo Collection (exclusively at retailer H & M), Ms. Summerville tells us all about her experience making the film in Sweden, and why she didn’t sample the reindeer meatballs… read on!!

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2011: A Look Back in Costumes

Hello, Frocktalkers!!  Our friend Chris over at Clothesonfilm.com has written a very thoughtful wrap-up of the year in costumes for you.  I thought you might like to read it as nominating ballots start to arrive in the mail, hahaha.  We have had a really gorgeous run of costumes in 2011, ranging from fancy to distressed.  As awards season starts in earnest, I will do my best to keep you updated.  I will soon be going on location until May 2012, so I will sadly miss the CDG Awards, but will make sure to have coverage of the event for you at the ready.  Thanks, Frocktalkers, for your interest and enthusiasm in our art form, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

– KMB

Jane Eyre

Frocktalkers, honestly, this is the best movie I’ve seen all year. Beyond the stunning, beautifully realized costumes, the performances are top notch, and this classic story will melt your heart!!!

Charlotte Brontë’s work comes alive in this film – titular character Jane Eyre (Mia Wasikowska) comes to work as a governess for the enigmatic and gruff Rochester (the heart-stopping Michael Fassbender). It’s a love story, it’s a mystery, and it is drop dead gorgeous.

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Five Gift Ideas for Your Favorite Costume Type!

Artwork by Evan B. Harris, available on Etsy.com

It’s that time of year, Frocktalkers. Whether you’re shopping for a wrap gift, a birthday gift, a thank you gift, or a holiday gift, you can’t go wrong with the items listed here. If these aren’t enough for you, you can always look back at last year’s list, or even the inaugural list for more ideas. So, without further ado –

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Western Costume Halloween Bonanza!

It’s that time of year!!!  One of LA’s most venerable costume houses, Western Costume, offers a selection of costumes to rent to the public for Halloween!  There are thousands of costumes from which to choose, and there are deals to be had!!  Western’s Halloween Store is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10A – 7P until October 29th, and then they are open on Halloween day from 10A – 6P.  Details after the jump!

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HALLOWEEN Costume Ideas 2011!!!

The costume truck at Halloween

The costume truck at Halloween

This year, my costume selections are veering toward popular culture. I went on a MEME kick, and man there are some funny ideas out there that, if you’re hip to what’s hip, you will really love. You will not find disgusting “slutty vampire”, “naughty nurse”, or “sassy pirate” costumes in this bunch, because we costume people really don’t need to pander, do we? It’s not called “Whoreloween”; it’s HALLOWeen. Hallowed evening – the most special night of the year for costume designers. I have put together twenty-five or so costume ideas for you. I have included the original reference from pop culture or the internet for all costumes, and I have included links to sites where you can buy costume pieces to complete your look. So, without further ado, here are my 2011 Halloween ideas:

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The Most Sincere Form of Flattery

Halloween time is soon approaching, Frocktalkers.  Articles are popping up on the web about DIY theme parties and costumes.  This article came across my desk this morning, and it was like WOW!  When you make a movie, you have no sense of how it will reach its audience.  We often make movies and walk away, only to see them released later.  We shrug our shoulders like, “Ok, that was good.”  But this is, for me, a new level.  I made those costumes with my own hands; it was such a small film.  So thanks, Jeannieinabottle, you have made my week!

CREATE YOUR OWN “INSIDIOUS” COSTUMES

I will be posting some good costume ideas the first week of October for you, and they will not include any from my own films!  Sorry Sex Drive fans, you can’t rent a Señor Donut costume anywhere!!  😉

– KMB

Creative Arts PrimeTime Emmy Winners 2011

Congratulations to the Emmy winning costume teams – awards were handed out last night, and here are the results!

OUTSTANDING COSTUMES FOR A MINISERIES, MOVIE OR A SPECIAL

SUSANNAH BUXTON, Costume Designer   CAROLINE MCCALL, Assistant Costume Designer

Downton Abbey (Masterpiece)  Part 1    PBS
OUTSTANDING COSTUMES FOR A SERIES
GABRIELLA PESCUCCI, Costume Designer ULIVA PIZZETTI, Costume Supervisor
The Borgias SHOWTIME
Lucrezia’s Wedding

OUTSTANDING COSTUMES FOR A VARIETY/MUSIC PROGRAM OR A SPECIAL

(Juried award: Possibility of one, more than one or no award). This is a juried award determined by a panel of judges from the Costumes peer group. Recommendation(s) from the jury are brought to the Board of Governors for ratification.
KATE CARIN, Costume Designer ABIGAIL METCALF, Costume Supervisor
Gettysburg HISTORY

AMANDA NEEDHAM, Costume Designer NIKI DIMITRAS, Costume Supervisor
Portlandia FARM

(source:  emmys.com)

Congratulations to these costume teams on their outstanding work!!

– KMB

Primetime Emmy Nominations Announced!

Good morning, Frocktalkers!  Emmy nominations are out, and you can read all of the costume-related nods after the jump!!  Congrats to all!!!

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