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 2010-2011: The Oscar Goes to…

Colleen Atwood for her exquisite work on Alice in Wonderland.  Congratulations to all the nominees, and especially to Ms. Atwood on this, her third Oscar win!  Nice work!!!

– KMB

Talking With Colleen Atwood, Costume Legend

Frocktalk reporters Hannah Greene, Kim Ngo, and Alice in Wonderland costume designer Colleen Atwood

Frocktalk reporters Hannah Greene, Kim Ngo, and Alice in Wonderland costume designer Colleen Atwood

Frocktalk reporter Kim Ngo can live the rest of her life a fulfilled woman after talking with Colleen Atwood at the 19th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design opening night gala at FIDM last weekend.  Hear what the Academy Award winner had to say after the jump!

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Frankie & Alice – Designer Ruth E. Carter Tells All

Ever since I saw I’m Gonna Git You Sucka, I have been in love with costume designer Ruth E. Carter‘s work. Carter is an twice-Academy-Award-nominated costume designer (for her outstanding work on both Amistad and Malcolm X), and has a long list of fantastic films and television series to her credit.  I loved what she did with Frankie and Alice, and thought you might like to know more about her process and work on the film!

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Frankie and Alice

Review Date: 12-18-10

Release Date: 12-10-10 (LA), expands 2-4-11

Running Time: 102 min.

Period: 1957, 1973

Costume Designer: Ruth E. Carter

Frankie and Alice is a film based on a true story of Frankie Murdock, a woman with dissociative personality disorder (what many people call “multiple personalities”). It is an interesting film in that the actress playing Frankie (Halle Berry) plays three roles at once, and the costumes support her transition between them. Ms. Berry has been deservedly nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance, and the film is worth seeing for her elegant and heart wrenching work.

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FIDM Alice in Wonderland Costume Contest

The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in downtown Los Angeles has a few exhibits up right now – one of which features film costumes and other garments inspired by the Tim Burton film Alice in Wonderland. Along with the exhibit, FIDM is hosting a number of events, including the Alice in Wonderland costume contest, which took place this morning. My. Oh. My.

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LA Times interview with Colleen Atwood: Alice!

Hello everyone!  It’s getting busy in my world – I have so many interviews yet to share with you, so please be patient as I get to them when I can.  I found THIS ARTICLE in the LA Times this morning – a very nice interview with Colleen Atwood about her beautiful work on Alice in Wonderland.  This is really a must-see movie for costumes, and if I’m lucky, I will twist the arm of Maggie (from The Costumer’s Guide) into doing a brief “dueling banjos” on the subject.  A chat, at minimum!  Have a great day, Frocktalkers, and enjoy the article!

— KMB

Comic Con: Day Three

This is Saturday, traditionally the most packed day of the convention.  The above photo is from when I tried to board the trolley at Old Town at 9:15 AM. It was like Tokyo rush hour… no one could even get ON the train; it was already full to capacity. In any case, I started my day at 8:30 AM and I am just now getting home at 12:37 AM to post.  I have so many pictures, so many good stories, and so many crazy things to tell.  I will tell you one story now, and post the others when I get back to LA on Sunday night/Monday.  The story I am going to tell you involves Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.
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