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

Awardsapalooza: the BAFTA Nominations!

Congratulations to the BAFTA nominees in costume design!!  They are:

Jacqueline Durran, Anna Karenina
Beatrix Aruna Pasztor, Great Expectations
Paco Delgado, Les Miserables
Joanna Johnston, Lincoln
Colleen Atwood, Snow White and the Huntsman

And CDG members, don’t forget to mail your nominating ballots in to the office!!  They are due by 5PM on Monday the 14th.  BAFTA Awards take place on Sunday, February 10, 2013.  Congratulations to the nominees and their teams!!

– KMB

Snow White and the Huntsman

Review Date: 5-29-12

Release Date: 6-1-12

Runtime: 127 minutes

Period: Vaguely Medieval

Costume Designer: Colleen Atwood

Some stories are so good that they just need to be reinterpreted every once in a while. It is therefore no surprise that Snow White has had countless incarnations over the years. The flavor of the latest go-round, Snow White and the Huntsman, is distinctly dark and scary – miles away from the sweet, frothy cartoons and singing birds that have come before. This film is fertile ground for social commentary, and if you are a university-level Women’s Studies major needing material for a thesis, look no further. This is a post-feminist, apocalyptic Snow White, complete with a villain oozing misandry. Sound intriguing?

Continue reading ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’

LA Times Interview with Colleen Atwood, Designer of Dark Shadows

Nice glossy piece about Colleen Atwood’s work on Dark Shadows in the LA Times – she talks 1970s costumes.  This was very interesting to me, since I just wrapped a film set in 1971!  Read on about where she sourced her fabrics!

– KMB

HSN to Showcase Costume Designer Colleen Atwood’s Work on Snow White and the Huntsman!

Happy Tuesday, Frocktalkers – I am finally home after a long and sometimes grueling 3+ month job out of town, and it is good to be back.  I saw this in the LA Times, and thought it was very interesting.  Colleen Atwood is launching a line of clothing for sale on HSN inspired by her designs in Snow White and the Huntsman.  It’s quite interesting, and I can’t wait to see it.  This kind of retail crossover has happened before, (recently with Trish Summerville/Girl With the Dragon Tattoo for H & M and Janie Bryant/Mad Men for Banana Republic) but this source material – a medieval fairy tale – is new to the game.  I am very eager to see the collection!  I hope it does well for everyone involved – the costumes look dazzling, and it’s a great opportunity to own a piece of it.  Read more about it HERE and HERE!  Mark your calendars – it launches May 30 on HSN!

– KMB

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



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