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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More Photos from the FIDM Motion Picture Costume Exhibit!

Frocktalk reporter Hannah Greene hams it up at the FIDM event.

Frocktalk reporter Hannah Greene hams it up at the FIDM event.

Intrepid Frocktalk correspondent Hannah Greene has uploaded more photos from the event.  You can see them HERE.  Hannah’s photos include some great shots of the costumes from The Dutchess and Bright Star, so have a look, and enjoy!

— KMB

Gail McMullen: There’s Always More To Learn

Gail McMullen talks with Laura Wong and Anthony Tran

Gail McMullen talks with Frocktalk reporters Laura Wong and Anthony Tran

Frocktalk reporters Anthony Tran and Laura Wong spoke with the fabulous Gail McMullen, costume designer of (among other things) HBO’s Six Feet Under. Here are her impressions of this year’s award contenders and some advice for aspiring designers:

FT: What are your top 3 movies of 2009 (not necessarily considering the costume design)?

GM: Young Victoria, Bright Star, and A Single Man. Of all of the films I saw this year, it (A Single Man) is the one that has stayed with me the longest. I can still see some of the images in my mind and I found the story so very affecting.

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Awardsapalooza 2009/10: The Academy Award Nominations!

Good morning, Frocktalkers!  The Academy Award nominations have been announced, and the following films have been nominated for excellence in costume design:

Bright Star – Janet Patterson
Coco Before Chanel – Catherine Leterrier
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus – Monique Prudhomme
Nine – Colleen Atwood
The Young Victoria – Sandy Powell

Congratulations to the nominees!  The Academy Awards take place on Sunday, March 7, 2010.  Stay tuned!

— KMB

BAFTA Nominations are IN!

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

Bright Star – Janet Patterson

Coco Before Chanel – Catherine Leterrier

An Education – Odile Dicks-Mireaux

A Single Man – Arianne Phillips

The Young Victoria – Sandy Powell

The BAFTA awards take place on Sunday, February 21, 2010. Good luck and congratulations to all the nominees!

— KMB

Bright Star: Interview Link With Janet Patterson

Eagle-eyed Frocktalk tipster Emilia pointed out this nice interview with Bright Star’s costume designer Janet Patterson.  It was originally published in W magazine – have a look!

CLICK HERE FOR ARTICLE

— KMB

Awardsapalooza: The BAFTAS, Stage 1

Round one of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ nods is in. There are three rounds of voting. What follows is the “long list”, a list of fifteen contenders for the BAFTA. From there, a second vote will whittle the list to five nominees. Final voting will pick the winner in the category. For costume design, the following films are on the “long list” (note: BAFTA did not list the names of the costume designers – I added them here and linked to their imdB profile):

Avatar Deborah Scott and Mayes C. Rubeo
Bright Star Janet Patterson
Coco Before ChanelCatherine Leterrier
District 9Dianna Cilliers
An Education Odile Dicks-Mireaux
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceJany Temime
The Imaginarium of Doctor ParnassusMonique Prudhomme
Inglourious Basterds Anna B. Sheppard
Me and Orson WellesNic Ede
NineColleen Atwood
Nowhere BoyJulian Day
Sherlock HolmesJenny Beavan
A Single ManArianne Phillips
Star TrekMichael Kaplan
The Young VictoriaSandy Powell

Congrats to the “long listers”!!! Stay tuned for round two.

— KMB

Bright Star

Review Date: 11-21-09

Release Date: 9-18-09 (U.S., limited)

Runtime: 119 min.

Costume Designer: Janet Patterson

Okay, I said I wasn’t going to write about “Oscar Bait” movies, but I need to write about this one. I am fairly certain that even with its healthy per-screen average (opening weekend approximately $10K per screen), this film isn’t being seen. Just to give you the brief snapshot: It’s about John Keats, the poet. It’s set in England in 1818, and it’s directed by Jane Campion. Come on.

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