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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And Now, a Break From Awards Season!

Hello, Frocktalkers!  Now that we’ve all had a moment to breathe after the big awards season push, I have some new things for you!  First, I have written another book – this time, a cookbook.  It’s a benefit for my friend, production designer John Johnson, who is battling pancreatic cancer.  He is on a vegan diet, and I cooked up a ton of food for him, and thought, hey wait a second! And a cookbook was born.  If you are vegan, or want to try it, this is your book! Please spread the word – all proceeds go to John and his wife to defray medical costs.  Thanks in advance for your support!  It means a lot.

BUY THE BOOK HERE!

– KMB

Talking With Costume Designer Mona May

Mona May (R) with Robert Morgan

Mona May (R) with Robert Morgan

Hannah Greene and Kim Ngo caught up with costume designer Mona May at FIDM’s 19th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design opening gala.  Among other things, they talk about the costume designer’s role in the greater collaboration of filmmaking.  Enjoy!

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Talking with Meghan Hansen, FIDM Registrar

Frocktalk reporters Kim Ngo and Hannah Greene spoke with FIDM’s Registrar Meghan Hansen at the big Art of Motion Picture Costume Design gala.  Meghan is the one responsible for the installation of this beautiful exhibition, and here’s what she had to say!

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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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Tim Burton: The Exhibition – on tour!

That’s right – the artwork, sketches, and general genius of Tim Burton are making their way around our globe, thanks in part to New York’s MOMA and exhibit curators Ron Magliozzi, Jenny He and Rajendra Roy.  Next stop: Australia!  The exhibit opens today at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) in Melbourne.  The exhibit will come to Toronto’s Bell Lightbox at the Toronto Film Festival on September 12 (to coincide with the Toronto Film Festival).  And then… Los Angeles!  LACMA will host the exhibit from May 29, 2011 to October 31, 2011; wouldn’t Jack Skellington be proud!?!  More info from the LA Times HERE!

– KMB

From Da Ali G Show to Da Gallery

From the Guy Hepner Gallery

From the Guy Hepner Gallery

From the LA Times comes a great article about an art show featuring the work of costume designer Jason Alper.  Alper is best known as the costume designer for Da Ali G Show, Borat and Bruno.  His satirical works are on display from April 17 – May 17 at the Guy Hepner Gallery, 300 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, CA.  Here’s the article from the LA Times – it sounds dope!  Respek!

— KMB

FIDM’s 18th Annual Art of Costume Design Event Photos

Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are

Oh, what a night!!  Really, it was so amazing to see everyone, all the costumes, talk shop with some of the world’s best costume designers… I am at a loss for words.  So instead, I will just show you some photos.  As I may have mentioned earlier, there were SIX Frocktalk reporters there last night, so we have wall-to-wall coverage, and I will be posting periodically throughout the week.  Here, for your review, are the first photos.  Enjoy!

GALLERY 1

GALLERY 2

GALLERY 3

GALLERY 4

— KMB

Awardsapalooza 2009/2010: The 18th Annual FIDM Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Event!!

vaccuuming the red carpet in advance of the 18th Annual FIDM Costume Design Event.

Vacuuming the red carpet in advance of the 18th Annual FIDM Costume Design Event.

My feet hurt, my back hurts, and my throat is hoarse!! It was such a fun night. There were six of us Frocktalk reporters roaming the event, and we interviewed so many people. Look forward, in the week ahead, to interviews with Audrey Fisher (True Blood), Mona May (Enchanted), George Mitchell (The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson), April Ferry (Rome), Monique Prudhomme (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus), Hope Hanafin (500 Days of Summer) and many, many more!

We will be posting pictures and interviews tomorrow and in the week ahead. It was a brilliant, awesome night, and big thanks to Shirley Wilson at FIDM for getting all of us in. It was an amazing event, and we all learned so much!!!  Thank you!!!!

— KMB

Awardsapalooza 2009/2010: 18th Annual FIDM Event!

Good news!  Good news!  Here at Frocktalk, we just received the all-clear from FIDM to report on the 18th annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design opening.  We will be providing wall-to-wall coverage of the festivities with several roving reporters and photographers, so if you see us coming, smile and say CHEESE!  We are all really getting excited about this event.  However, the big question remains:  WHAT TO WEAR?!?!  Stand by!

— KMB

Happy Thanksgiving!

Dear Frocktalkers, I am wishing you and your friends/family a very happy Thanksgiving. In this difficult time when we have all experienced the economic meltdown, absence of work, pay cuts and/or lack of qualifying union hours, let’s look at what we have, shall we? We have our filmmaking/costume community. We have our art form. We have the freedom to walk casually down Santa Monica Boulevard wearing nothing but strategically placed feathers, if that’s what we want to do. By gum, we have unlimited creative liberty in this country, and even if Good Morning America drops Adam Lambert as their guest, he can still do his thing on The Early Show. That is what Thanksgiving is all about! This year, I give thanks for the creative freedoms we have (at least, in LA) that we so often take for granted. Now pass the cranberry sauce!!  Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!!

— KMB



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