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: Oscar Nominations!!!

Congratulations to this year’s Academy Award nominees for outstanding achievement in costume design:

Jacqueline Durran: ANNA KARENINA

Paco Delgado: LES MISERABLES

Joanna Johnston: LINCOLN

Eiko Ishioka: MIRROR, MIRROR

Colleen Atwood: SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN

Oddly, the Academy’s website glitch (indicating that Sharen Davis had been nominated for her fabulous work on Django Unchained) did not turn out to be accurate.  Wait and see until the CDG Nominations on January 17, 2013 for more nominations, Frocktalkers!!  Congrats to all the nominees, their directors, and their costume teams!

– KMB

O Palhaço – The Clown

Review Date: 12-1-12

Release Date: undetermined

Runtime: 90 minutes

Period: Contemporary-ish

Costume Designer: Kika Lopes

Very seldom am I truly amazed by anything anymore. I’m getting older; I live in the big city; I’ve seen a lot of cool things in my life. Let’s face it; I’m getting cynical. But then one day, something comes along that just blows a hole in my reality, shooting me sky-high. Last night, that thing was the costume design of O Palhaço – The Clown – Brazil’s entry for the Foreign Film category at the Oscars.  Frocktalkers, you NEED to see this film!!!

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Awardsapalooza: The Oscars!

Congratulations to Mark Bridges, who just won the Academy Award for his outstanding work on The Artist!!!!  “I was just a kid from Niagara Falls, who dreamed, ate and slept movies, and so I want to thank the Academy for this honor, and for making a lifelong dream come true.  Thank you!”  Congratulations to Mark and his crew on this tremendous honor!!  Yeeehawwww!!!

– KMB

RIP, Eiko Ishioka

Oh Frocktalkers, this is sad news.  Academy Award-winning costume designer Eiko Ishioka has passed away from pancreatic cancer at the age of 73.  Beyond being a costume designer, she was a world-famous graphic designer and artist, and a woman of unimaginable talent.  I had the extraordinary good luck to work with her, albeit briefly, on Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the film for which she won her Oscar.  She was a lovely woman, very friendly to me when I was just starting in this business. I was impressed by her quiet manner but absolutely bombastic-fantastic designs.  The contrast made quite an impression on a young designer like myself.  This is a huge loss to me on a personal level, as she was one of my design heroes.  Our entire community will miss her total, complete and utter brilliance.  Check out the books about her design work HERE, HERE and HERE… and rent some of her films: Dracula, The Cell, The Fall and Immortals. I am so bummed out this morning.  Rest in peace, Eiko – my heartfelt sympathy goes out to her husband and family.  She was such a brilliant and lovely lady.

– KMB

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

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

Theoni V. Aldredge, 1932 – 2011

The costume community is mourning another loss – Oscar-winning costume legend Theoni V. Aldredge sadly passed away on Friday. Aldredge won her award for The Great Gatsby, but she designed countless other influential projects, including Moonstruck, Ghostbusters, The Rose, Eyes of Laura Mars, and Network. She was also a Tony-winning designer for numerous Broadway productions. Her influence will continue to reverberate among our community. Condolences to all of her friends and family. Her keen eye and enormous talent will be sorely missed.

LA TIMES OBITUARY

— 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.

If you can’t see the embed, CLICK HERE to watch on YouTube.  Remember, Internet Explorer is INCOMPATIBLE with many websites, including Frocktalk.  Please download a free copy of the Firefox browser, and change your web-surfing experience forever!!

— 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

La Belle et La Bête (Beauty and the Beast)

Review Date: 8-26-09

Release Date: 10-29-1946 (France)

Runtime: 96 min.

Period: Fantasy; 1600s France

Costume Designers: Antonio Castillo and Marcel Escoffier

This is a “wow” of a movie. The film was made immediately after WWII in France (it was shot in 1945-1946), and it was lovingly directed by maverick/poet/genius Jean Cocteau. The film was a hit with the French particularly, as it provided its audience a chance to escape from the bleak reality of life in their war-ravaged country. La Belle et La Bête is a soothing balm of a fairytale, engendering hope in the promise of new beginnings and restoring faith in the compassionate spirit of humankind. It is a story about breaking free from imprisonment and breaking forth into freedom. It was a message that people needed to hear then, a message that continues to resonate today.

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