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 'Academy'

HOLLYWOOD COSTUME is Coming to LA!!

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EXPANDED FINAL TOUR OF COSTUME DESIGN EXHIBITION ARRIVES OCTOBER 2

Featuring costumes from The Hunger GamesDjango UnchainedThe Wizard of Oz and more

On view October 2, 2014 – March 2, 2015

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – This fall the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present the final showing of the groundbreaking multimedia exhibition Hollywood Costume in the historic Wilshire May Company building, the future location of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, at Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles. Organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A), this ticketed exhibition explores the central role of costume design – from the glamorous to the very subtle – as an essential tool of cinematic storytelling.

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EGOT, ECOT, and Awardsapalooza!

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With the big Tony Awards announcements yesterday, it got me thinking.  There is an unofficial “grand slam” category of awards winning known as the EGOT.  This means Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony.  Only twelve people in history have ever won this quadruple crown, and they have been actors, directors, music department people (composers) and producers.  To win a Grammy, you must have some kind of musical (or voiceover/spoken word) talent.  That narrows the field considerably, and for most costume designers, puts us out of the running for EGOT.

I propose something a bit more attainable.  The ECOT.  Emmy, CDG Award, Oscar, Tony.  That seems reasonable, right?  Who might be contenders for this award?  Certainly Edith Head is out – she pre-dated the CDG Awards… but who might stand a chance to achieve this in our world today?  Looking forward to your thoughts – here and on Twitter @Frocktalk!

 

– KMB

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

Hey Los Angeles! LA Film Festival Starts Tomorrow, 6/13!!!

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Hey Frocktalkers – if you are in LA, don’t miss this opportunity to see some really cool stuff!!! The LA Film Festival runs from June 13 – 23, and it’s kind of a big deal around town.  On June 20, the LA Film Festival and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have teamed up to bring you an amazing panel discussion about costume design called THE ICONIC MOMENT moderated by Laura Dern.  Included in the panel are costume designers Colleen Atwood (Snow White & The Huntsman, Alice in Wonderland, Memoirs of a Geisha), Mark Bridges (The Artist, Silver Linings Playbook, Boogie Nights), Jeffrey Kurland (Inception, Erin Brockovich, Ocean’s Eleven), and Ellen Mirojnick (Behind the Candelabra, Wall Street, Basic Instinct). This is one of those events you just don’t want to miss.  Tickets available at the LAFF Website.  Also, side note in a shamelessly self-promoting kind of way – two films that I designed are going to be showing at the LAFF:  Winter in the Blood and The Conjuring.  Check it out and see you there!!

 

– KMB

Dribs and Drabs and Stuff

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Hey there, Frocktalkers!  Sorry it’s been such radio silence here.  My world has exploded in the past few weeks and I am scrambling to keep up with all of it.  There is some great news, though – I’ve been asked to do a TED talk – OMGsonervousIcan’tevenstandit!  I will be speaking at TEDx Pacific Palisades on June 29, 2013!  Yeah, exciting and crazy!  I will be talking about clothing and identity, and how we use the language of clothing in our work as costume designers.  Tickets available soon on the website – check it out HERE.

Also , tons of other cool things happening in the costume design world – on June 20, 2013 Costume Designer Sophie de Rakoff will be hosting a panel of costume designers for the Academy.  From the Hollywood Reporter:

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Awardsapalooza: The Oscars!

Congrats to Jacqueline Durran and her crew for the big win for Anna Karenina!  Did you watch the awards?  What a show.  That Shirley Bassey – that was so cool.  If you’d like to relive the night, check out the play-by-play I posted on Twitter @frocktalk.  Have a great week, everyone!

– KMB

Awardsapalooza 2013 Begins in Earnest!

Happy New Year, Frocktalkers! I hope that your holidays were fun and relaxing. Have you caught up on your movie watching? Looking at the films that are out right now, it’s interesting to see who’s getting the big press push for awards consideration. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: big promotional budgets = big awards. So who is putting their money on the line, and what costume design work is being underserved by the lack of promotional money this year?

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Cecil Beaton Photos from WWII on Display in London!

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Oh, Frocktalkers – what a find this is.  Cecil Beaton was an Academy Award-winning costume designer (Gigi – 1958, and My Fair Lady – 1964), but before he was a costume designer, he was a photographer.  And WHAT a photographer.  WOW.  His impressive photographs from WWII Britain are now on display at the Imperial War Museum in London.  The exhibition runs from 9/6/12 to 1/1/13.  So look – if you travel to London to see the amazing Hollywood Costumes exhibit at the V & A between October – January, you can stop by and see Beaton’s work at the IWM in the same trip.  It’s a win-win!!  I hope that they publish a book of his photos, because they are great research pieces.  Absolutely stunning.  More information HERE and nice article with photos HERE!

– KMB

From Deadline.com: Conversations with Costume Oscar Nominees

Saw this today and thought it is worth passing along to you – Monica Corcoran for Deadline talked with the Oscar nominees about their work and how they might redesign the Oscar statuette!  Read the article HERE!

– KMB



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