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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The Artist: Interview With Designer Mark Bridges!!!

It’s been over eighty years since a silent film has won best picture, but 2012’s The Artist looks poised and ready for the honor.  This beautiful homage to filmmaking is stunning on many levels, especially the storytelling element of its costume design.  In this interview – which is PART 1 of 2 – costume designer Mark Bridges talks about his approach to the film, some of his sourcing, and his take on using fur on screen.  Read on, and stay tuned for PART 2 coming soon!!

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CDG Artisan Bazaar This Weekend!

Hey Frocktalkers!  If you’re in LA this Sunday, please come by and check out the Costume Designers Guild and Motion Picture Costumers’ Artisan Bazaar!  The holidays are fast approaching.  Come and buy handmade objects and antiques from your favorite costume-types… they make wonderful gifts!  Here are the details:

SUNDAY, November 6, 2011 from 8:30AM – 2PM.  In the Parking Lot:  11969 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA  91604

See the official flier after the jump:

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Amazing Inspiration: OLEK

If this doesn't get your crochet hook humming, nothing will!

If this doesn't get your crochet hook humming, nothing will!

Hey there Frocktalkers! It’s been crazy around here, which is great news.  I wanted to share the website of this really amazing artist with you:  OLEK.  She is New York-based, and she works in crochet.  You just need to see it to believe it – she is ON FIRE!  She has crocheted wrappers/covers for tricycles, bicycles, cars, people, and the Wall Street Bull!  It’s guerrilla art, street art at its finest, and she does it with yarn.  I haven’t seen anything this exciting in a long time.  She has an installation piece up right now at the Pacific Design Center in LA – it’s in the Green Lobby, so please check it out if you have a moment!!

Pacific Design Center:  8687 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA 90069. (Exhibit runs through 6-9-11)

– KMB

10 Great Gift Ideas for Your Favorite Costume-Type

It’s that time of year again, and you may be wondering what to get your special costume-type. The holidays are about giving, and whether you’re going big or small in terms of your expenditures, this list should help to give you some ideas. Take a look:

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Spotlight On: Shoshana Rubin!

Many an aspiring costume designer has wondered how to get started in this business.  Many a costumer has wondered how to transition into costume design.  Shoshana Rubin is one of those people who has made the transition.  She’s a lovely gal, and I thought you all might like to hear her story – might give you some ideas and inspiration!  Read on~

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Michael Dennison: Gentle Into That Goodnight

It is with very heavy heart that I tell you the news of costume designer Michael Dennison’s passing.  I was having a hard time bringing myself to share this news because doing so would make it real, and none of us want this kind of news to be real.  Our costume community has lost a true gem – a man who, at the age of only 58, had garnered the respect of his peers and the admiration of audiences the world over for his extraordinary work.  He will be greatly missed.  Here are some articles from around the web about his life, and his passing.  RIP, Michael Dennison.

Here’s a lovely obit from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

CLOTHES ON FILM

More pictures of his work after the jump:

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Comic Con 2010: Chandler Explains Jack Kirby

This is artist Chandler Wood explaining a costume sketch by comic book legend Jack Kirby.

Also – this just in – photos from the LA Times photo booth at Comic Con!  Enjoy!  More posts later tonight!

— KMB

Comic Con – Don’t Miss This!!!

Hey Frocktalkers!  If you are at the Con in the next few days, you are not going to want to miss the following:

EVERY DAY from 9A – 7P at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel (just south of the Convention Center) is the COSTUME DESIGN ILLUSTRATION EXHIBIT.  The exhibit is in the AQUA level, rooms 311 and 312.  There are going to be a LOT of cool illustrations there, including some that I did for Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2!  Check it out!

Friday at 11AM in room 32 AB it’s the CDG TELEVISION PANEL, with designers Audrey Fisher (True Blood), Ane Crabtree (Justified), Shawna Trpcic (Firefly), Pamela Shaw (Assistant Designer, Vampire Diaries),  Jennifer Eve (Assistant Designer, Glee).

Friday from 12Noon – 1PM in the Sails Pavilion you can get AUTOGRAPHS from all the costume designers from the television panel.  And just between you and me, they will probably have some cool ephemera from their shows that they will sign for you!

Friday at 2:15PM in Hall H don’t miss Costume Designer Wendy Chuck and the panel for the upcoming film DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK!

Friday at 5:15PM, in Ballroom 20, it’s Costume Designer Audrey Fisher and the TRUE BLOOD panel!

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