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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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

Awardsapalooza 2012: The Emmys!

Congratulations to the 2012 Emmy nominees for outstanding achievement in costume design!!!  They are:

BOARDWALK EMPIRE (HBO): John Dunn, Costume Designer; Lisa Padovani, Co-Costume Designer; Maria Zamansky, Assistant Costume Designer

DOWNTON ABBEY (PBS): Susannah Buxton, Costume Designer

THE BORGIAS (SHO): Gabriella Pescucci, Costume Designer; Uliva Pizzetti, Costume Supervisor

GAME OF THRONES (HBO): Michele Clapton, Costume Designer; Alexander Fordham, Assistant Costume Designer; Chloe Aubry, Assistant Costume Designer

ONCE UPON A TIME (ABC): Eduardo Castro, Costume Designer; Monique McRae, Assistant Costume Designer

Congratulations and hats off to you!  See you on September 23rd for the Emmy show!  Good luck, everyone!

– KMB

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

2011 CDG Awards Winners Announced!

Amy Westcott, winner of the Contemporary Film category for BLACK SWAN!

Amy Westcott, winner of the Contemporary Film category for BLACK SWAN!

Ladies and Gentlemen, I have just come from the CDG Awards, and I am pleased to announce to you the winners!  Here they are, in order of their announcement:

Contemporary TV:  Lou Eyrich, GLEE

Period/Fantsy TV:  John Dunn & Lisa Padovani, BOARDWALK EMPIRE

TV Movie/Miniseries:  Cindy Evans, TEMPLE GRANDIN

Commercial:  Aude Bronson Howard, CHANEL

Period Film:  Jenny Beavan, THE KING’S SPEECH

Fantasy Film:  Colleen Atwood, ALICE IN WONDERLAND

Contemporary Film:  Amy Westcott, BLACK SWAN

Congratulations to all of tonight’s nominees and special award winners, including Julie Weiss, Halle Berry and Joel Schumacher.  It was a fab event, and I am going to upload pictures and video for you in a few minutes!  It was an epic night.

– KMB



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