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

Awardsapalooza 2012: BAFTA Nominations announced!

Congratulations to the 2012 BAFTA nominees for Outstanding Costume Design!  They are:


THE ARTIST Mark Bridges
HUGO Sandy Powell
JANE EYRE Michael O’Connor
MY WEEK WITH MARILYN Jill Taylor
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY Jacqueline Durran

The awards ceremony is scheduled for February 12, 2012 – stay tuned for more information, and congratulations to all of the designers and crew honored by these nominations!!

– 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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Jayne Seward Talks with Academy Award Nominees

Frocktalker and friend Jayne Seward talks with Academy Award nominees Colleen Atwood, Jenny Beavan and Mary Zophres over at apparelnews.net.  Check it out – it’s a wonderful interview!  Good going, Jayne!!!

– KMB

Talking with Mary Zophres, Costume Designer of True Grit

Mary Zophres has had an amazing career, designing some of the most iconic costumes in recent memory – Jeff Lebowski, anyone? She has finally been recognized with an Academy Award nomination for her brilliant work on True Grit. This longtime Coen Brothers collaborator opens up about the details of that project, and what it means to make her Greek dad a superstar back home.

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BAFTA Nominations are IN!

Congratulations to the BAFTA nominees for costume design!! They are:

Bright Star – Janet Patterson

Coco Before Chanel – Catherine Leterrier

An Education – Odile Dicks-Mireaux

A Single Man – Arianne Phillips

The Young Victoria – Sandy Powell

The BAFTA awards take place on Sunday, February 21, 2010. Good luck and congratulations to all the nominees!

— KMB

Awardsapalooza 2009/10: Bring on the Screeners!

Ohhh, the screeners are starting to arrive in our mailboxes.  Yes, as one of the benefits of Costume Designer’s Guild membership, we receive DVD screeners in the mail from studios hungry for awards, or at minimum, nominations.  We don’t get as many screeners as, say, the Producers’ Guild, or the Academy, but we do get a few.  I opened my mailbox today, and found A Serious Man, Funny People, Star Trek, and Bruno.  I must say, it feels like my birthday, all these gifts.  But the studios are savvy.  Think about it – if you are too busy working to get to a theater for a screening, you can at least see the film in the comfort of your own home.  We have had plenty of theatrical screening opportunities, and I will bet you $500 that those are the films that will be nominated for CDG awards and Academy Awards.  People are more inclined to nominate a show if a) they’ve seen it, b) they’ve seen it recently, and c) they’ve seen it for free.  Stay tuned for more Awardsapalooza as the DVDs roll in.  And have a great week!

— KMB



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