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 2014 – Live Tweeting the Oscars!

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Hi there, Frocktalkers! Just wanted to point out all the activity that’s going on over at Twitter in the name of Frocktalk! I live-tweeted the UCLA Copley Center ‘Sketch2Screen’ Costume panel this past week, and I’m about to live-tweet the Oscars. From red carpet to best picture, I’ll be coming to you live from the 25th annual Andrew Blau Oscar party in beautiful Beverly Hills Adjacent. It’s going to be a scream. Definitely, I will be surrounded by the best peanut gallery in all of Los Angeles. I can’t wait. I’m not making any predictions, but I’m definitely sending up good vibes for a few friends! It’s going to be an exciting night! Catch all the action on Twitter @Frocktalk!

– KMB

Awardsapalooza: The Oscars!

Congrats to Jacqueline Durran and her crew for the big win for Anna Karenina!  Did you watch the awards?  What a show.  That Shirley Bassey – that was so cool.  If you’d like to relive the night, check out the play-by-play I posted on Twitter @frocktalk.  Have a great week, everyone!

– KMB

Awardsapalooza: The BAFTA Winner 2013!

Congratulations to Jacqueline Durran and her team for their BAFTA win for best costumes for the gorgeous ANNA KARENINA! Party time, everyone!  You can check out the costumes from Anna Karenina and other magnificent films at FIDM – the exhibit runs now through April 27.  Congrats!

– KMB

Color Me Beautiful

I was at a Fourth of July party yesterday, when a makeup writer friend of mine and I got into a conversation about the book Color Me Beautiful. Most of you Frocktalkers are probably too young to remember this phenomenon, but using this book, you could determine whether you were a “winter”, “spring”, “summer” or “autumn”, and choose flattering clothing and makeup colors accordingly. My friend was wondering if the premise still held up today, thirty-plus years after the book was first published. It got me thinking…

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Awardsapalooza: The CDG Award Winners!

Announced Tuesday night at the Beverly Hilton, the 2012 Costume Designers Guild Award winner are:

Excellence in Contemporary film:  Trish Summerville, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Excellence in Period Film:  Arianne Phillips, W. E.

Excellence in Fantasy Film: Jany Temime, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2

Outstanding Made for TV movie or Miniseries: Susannah Buxton, Downton Abbey

Outstanding Contemporary TV series:  Lou Eyrich, Glee

Outstanding Period/Fantasy TV series: John A. Dunn & Lisa Padovani, Boardwalk Empire

Excellence in Commercial Costume Design: Roseanne Fielder, Swiffer: “Country Dirt Cowgirl”

Congratulations to all of the award winners and their crew – next stop, Oscars!!!!  Congrats, everyone!

– KMB

Awardsapalooza 2010-2011: It Begins!!

Well, you know it’s awards season when you start receiving “For Your Consideration” ads in the mail. The winner of First Advertising Mailer of the Season goes to: How To Train Your Dragon (Dreamworks). Yes, it’s animated. But that doesn’t stop Dreamworks from asking us costume designers for our consideration. The winner of First DVD of the Season goes to: Alice in Wonderland (Disney). Big corporations spend millions of dollars each year asking us to consider projects for awards. Are they worthy? What about the smaller films that can’t afford awards advertising? Are they somehow less worthy? Awards season always makes me uncomfortable and slightly agitated for this reason.

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Julie Robar and Kelly Chambers: America’s Best Costume Crew!

Costume Supervisor Julie Robar (L), and Kelly Chambers

ABDC's Costume Supervisor Julie Robar (L), Lizette Kilmer and Kelly Chambers

By Anthony Tran, special correspondent to Frocktalk.com

America’s Best Dance Crew (also known as ABDC) is a dance competition show that airs Thursday nights on MTV. Produced by Randy Jackson, the show pits dance crews from across the nation against each other. The teams battle for the eventual title of “America’s Best Dance Crew”, and a $100,000 grand prize. It’s kind of like American Idol for dance groups. 2010 marks the fifth season of the show, and we caught up with costume supervisor Julie Robar and costumer Kelly Chambers to tell us all about it.

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Internet Explorer is NOT Frocktalk’s Friend.

I posted about the Frocktalkability issues with Internet Explorer a few months back, but this is a topic that needs revisiting.  Internet Explorer, while one of the world’s most widely available (meaning pre-loaded) web browsers on the market, is decidedly NOT the best.  Case in point here at Frocktalk.  If you are using ANY version of IE to navigate the Internet, you will not be able to see Frocktalk in all of its blazing, good-time glory.  Why?  Compatibility issues.  Frocktalk is best viewed using Mozilla’s FIREFOX (free download here), Safari (free download here) or Google Chrome (free download here).  I am going to go out on a limb, and say that once you try these other browsers, you will NEVER go back to Internet Explorer.  Make a liar out of me; I dare you!!

Have a great weekend!

— KMB

Adventures in Costuming: Falling Into the Vortex

Hello Frocktalkers. I am so sincerely sorry that it has taken me two weeks to get back with all of you. The good news is that my film job is now done, and I am winding down the teaching gig at UCLA. Both have been very good, but my time has been sucked into the vortex, and it has been hard to keep up with all of it.

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