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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Halloween 2013!

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It’s that magical, special time of year, Frocktalkers!  Halloween is almost upon us.  My email inbox is starting to fill up with requests and questions, so I thought I might just cut to the chase with a list of costumes for 2013 that are sure to be a hit at your workplace, party, or trick-or-treating adventure.  In case this is not enough for you, you can see previous years’ lists HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. Get your credit cards ready, because I have purchasing links and everything.  And none of it has anything to do with looking like a slut-bag and sacrificing your dignity on some kind of man-made Whoreloween altar.  Here we go:

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Update From KB Land: Love them Witches

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Hey Frocktalkers – thank you so much for your support of Sleepy Hollow!  We have been absolutely overwhelmed with the positive response and the love for this show – who knew?!  We have been working hard on this show (just about 100 hours per week, no joke), so by consequence, I haven’t had a lot of time to write recreationally here on Frocktalk.  Thank you for your patience.  I also haven’t had a lot of time to see any movies to write about them.

HOWEVER, I have been watching American Horror Story: Coven.  This is “appointment TV” for me.  There is no DVR at my rental apartment.  So I make it a point to be home in time to watch it.  Jessica Lange is just a genius, and Lou Eyrich and her crew are KILLING IT with the costumes.  Take a look at this:

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Awardsapalooza 2013: the CDG Awards!

I need to use toothpicks to hold my eyes open today.  Last night was the big shindig at the Beverly Hilton – the 15th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards!  It was a lovely event, but man kinda brutal with an early-morning call time today across town!  Pumping lots of fluids here.  Without further ado, here are the results:

Television: Period/Fantasy – CAROLINE McCALL, DOWNTON ABBEY

Television: Movie/Miniseries – LOU EYRICH, AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM, SEASON 2

Television: Contemporary – MOLLY MAGINNIS, SMASH

Commercial: JUDIANNA MAKOVSKY, Captain Morgan Black

Film: Fantasy – EIKO ISHIOKA, MIRROR, MIRROR

Film: Period – JACQUELINE DURRAN, ANNA KARENINA

Film: Contemporary – JANY TEMIME, SKYFALL

Distinguished Service Award:  David Le Vey

Distinguished Collaborator Award:  Lorne Michaels

Lacoste Spotlight Award: Anne Hathaway

Career Achievement in Television: Eduardo Castro

Career Achievement in Film: Judianna Makovsky

Congratulations to all, especially to the party planners – it was a great time.  The food was delicious, and the company was grand.  A big huge shout out to JOEL McHALE, our MC for the night – he was hilarious, irreverent, and completely awesome.  Just what the doctor ordered – I hope we can have him back every year.  Thanks to everyone for putting on such a great show, and many congratulations to all the nominees, winners and their crew!!

– KMB

2012 Art of Television Costume Design Opening!

Costumes of Downton Abbey, designed by Susannah Buxton

Costumes of Downton Abbey, designed by Susannah Buxton

It was a great night last night, Frocktalkers!  The 6th Annual Art of Television Costume Design exhibit opened at FIDM, and it was beautiful.  The exhibit opens to the public on Tuesday, July 31st, and runs until October 20th.  Represented in the exhibit are Emmy nominees Boardwalk Empire, American Horror Story, Once Upon a Time, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones and many more!  I took photos of all the costumes on exhibit and posted them on my photostream HERE for those of you who are out of town.  However, if you are in LA, you really ought to swing by.  It’s free, and it’s an awesome display of talent.  Congrats to everyone involved in making this happen!!!

Art of Television Costume Design Exhibit at FIDM:  919 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA  90015.  Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10A – 5P.  Exhibit runs 7/31/12 – 10/20/12.

– KMB



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