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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EGOT, ECOT, and Awardsapalooza!

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With the big Tony Awards announcements yesterday, it got me thinking.  There is an unofficial “grand slam” category of awards winning known as the EGOT.  This means Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony.  Only twelve people in history have ever won this quadruple crown, and they have been actors, directors, music department people (composers) and producers.  To win a Grammy, you must have some kind of musical (or voiceover/spoken word) talent.  That narrows the field considerably, and for most costume designers, puts us out of the running for EGOT.

I propose something a bit more attainable.  The ECOT.  Emmy, CDG Award, Oscar, Tony.  That seems reasonable, right?  Who might be contenders for this award?  Certainly Edith Head is out – she pre-dated the CDG Awards… but who might stand a chance to achieve this in our world today?  Looking forward to your thoughts – here and on Twitter @Frocktalk!

 

– KMB

Awardsapalooza: 16th CDG Awards!!!

14th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards With Presenting Sponsor Lacoste - Backstage

Last night was the big Costume Designers Guild Awards, Frocktalkers!  It was so much fun, and the house was PACKED!  Maybe it’s because the awards were held on a Saturday this year? Maybe word of mouth about the event was strong? I don’t know, but it was AWESOME.  J-Line and her group put on a great show, the food was delicious, and we got the coolest journals from Lacoste as a parting gift!  It was an unforgettable night.  Without further ado, here are the results:

EXCELLENCE IN CONTEMPORARY FILM

Blue Jasmine – Suzy Benzinger

EXCELLENCE IN PERIOD FILM

12 Years a Slave – Patricia Norris

EXCELLENCE IN FANTASY FILM

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Trish Summerville

OUTSTANDING CONTEMPORARY TELEVISION SERIES

House of Cards – Tom Broecker

OUTSTANDING PERIOD/FNTASY TELEVISION SERIES

Downton Abbey – Caroline McCall

OUTSTANDING MADE FOR TV MOVIE OR MINI SERIES

Behind the Candelabra – Ellen Mirojnick

EXCELLENCE IN COMMERCIAL COSTUME DESIGN

Call of Duty: Ghosts Masked Warriors – Nancy Steiner

Congratulations to all of these designers and their crews! It was an awesome, beautiful and fun event – I am already looking forward to next year’s party!  Thanks to everyone who helped to put it on.  It was so well done!

If you want to relive the event in my Twitter play-by-play, check it out @Frocktalk!

– KMB

22nd Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Gala at FIDM!

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Man of Steel Superman suit. Costume designers James Acheson and Michael Wilkinson.

Last night was the big opening gala for FIDM’s 22nd annual “Art of Motion Picture Costume Design” exhibition.  Frocktalk contributor Lauren Fonville and I tore it up – chatting with designers and ooh-ing and aah-ing over the many beautiful works of costume art on display. The exhibit showcased costumes from twenty-one films of 2013, as well as last year’s Oscar winner, ‘Anna Karenina’.

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Awardapalooza 2013 – 2014: CDG Nominees Announced!

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Without further ado, here are all the nominees for the 2013 Costume Designers Guild Awards:

EXCELLENCE IN CONTEMPORARY FILM
Blue Jasmine – Suzy Benzinger
Her – Casey Storm
Nebraska – Wendy Chuck
Philomena – Consolata Boyle
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – Sarah Edwards

EXCELLENCE IN PERIOD FILM
12 Years a Slave – Patricia Norris
American Hustle – Michael Wilkinson
Dallas Buyers Club – Kurt & Bart
The Great Gatsby – Catherine Martin
Saving Mr. Banks – Daniel Orlandi

EXCELLENCE IN FANTASY FILM
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Ann Maskrey, Richard Taylor, Bob Buck
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Trish Summerville
Oz the Great and Powerful – Gary Jones, Michael Kutsche

OUTSTANDING CONTEMPORARY TELEVISION SERIES
Breaking Bad – Jennifer Bryan
House of Cards – Tom Broecker
Nashville – Susie DeSanto
Scandal – Lyn Paolo
Saturday Night Live – Tom Broecker, Eric Justian

OUTSTANDING PERIOD/FANTASY TELEVISION SERIES
Boardwalk Empire – John Dunn, Lisa Padovani
The Borgias – Gabriella Pescucci
Downton Abbey – Caroline McCall
Game of Thrones – Michele Clapton
Mad Men – Janie Bryant

OUTSTANDING MADE FOR TELEVISION MOVIE OR MINISERIES
American Horror Story: Coven – Lou Eyrich
Behind the Candelabra – Ellen Mirojnick
Bonnie & Clyde – Marilyn Vance
House of Versace – Claire Nadon
Phil Spector – Debra McGuire

EXCELLENCE IN COMMERCIAL COSTUME DESIGN
Call of Duty: “Ghosts Masked Warriors” – Nancy Steiner
Dos Equis: “Most Interesting Man in the World Feeds a Bear” – Julie Vogel
Fiat: “British Invasion” – Donna Zakowska

Congratulations to all the nominees!  Party time!!  Awards will be held on Saturday, February 22 at the Beverly Hilton! Get ready for a fun time, people! Tickets will be available soon and I will post a link. Congrats to all the designers and their teams for this honor!!

– KMB

Awardsapalooza 2013: Recap!

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Hello, Frocktalkers, and happy new year!  We are finally done shooting season one of ‘Sleepy Hollow’, and I’ve been crazed with moving house and catching up.  I have seen a few movies (not all of them, sadly) and I have some recapping to do.  Here we go…

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Breaking News: Costume Designers Guild Election Results

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Breaking news: The Costume Designers Guild (IATSE, Local 892) announced today that film and television Costume Designer Salvador Perez has been elected president.  Long time Costume Designers Guild member Cate Adair of “Desperate Housewives” fame has been elected vice president and Assistant Costume Designer Brigitta Romanov has retained her position as Assistant Costume Designers representative.

The Guild also disclosed new board members, delegates and trustees that include: Executive Board Members Christopher Lawrence and Mary Vogt, with Alternate Board Members Kristin Burke and Jennifer Soulages; Trustees Jacqueline Saint Anne, Cliff Chally and Barbara Inglehart, with Dorothy Amos as the alternate. Delegates are Rachael Stanley, Sharon Day, Jacqueline Saint Anne, Cliff Chally, Betty Madden, Frank Helmer, Dana Woods and Monique Long.

New President Salvador Perez has served on the board of the Costume Designers Guild (IATSE, Local 892) for nine years. He previously served as the organization’s vice president, head of the member directory, and is currently in charge of the Guild’s website activities.  Perez has worked in both film and television and is currently the Costume Designer for “The Mindy Project.”

It’s a new day at the Guild, folks – it will be interesting to see what happens next.  Stay tuned, and congrats to all!

– KMB

 

Awardsapalooza 2013: the CDG Awards!

I need to use toothpicks to hold my eyes open today.  Last night was the big shindig at the Beverly Hilton – the 15th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards!  It was a lovely event, but man kinda brutal with an early-morning call time today across town!  Pumping lots of fluids here.  Without further ado, here are the results:

Television: Period/Fantasy – CAROLINE McCALL, DOWNTON ABBEY

Television: Movie/Miniseries – LOU EYRICH, AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM, SEASON 2

Television: Contemporary – MOLLY MAGINNIS, SMASH

Commercial: JUDIANNA MAKOVSKY, Captain Morgan Black

Film: Fantasy – EIKO ISHIOKA, MIRROR, MIRROR

Film: Period – JACQUELINE DURRAN, ANNA KARENINA

Film: Contemporary – JANY TEMIME, SKYFALL

Distinguished Service Award:  David Le Vey

Distinguished Collaborator Award:  Lorne Michaels

Lacoste Spotlight Award: Anne Hathaway

Career Achievement in Television: Eduardo Castro

Career Achievement in Film: Judianna Makovsky

Congratulations to all, especially to the party planners – it was a great time.  The food was delicious, and the company was grand.  A big huge shout out to JOEL McHALE, our MC for the night – he was hilarious, irreverent, and completely awesome.  Just what the doctor ordered – I hope we can have him back every year.  Thanks to everyone for putting on such a great show, and many congratulations to all the nominees, winners and their crew!!

– KMB

Awardsapalooza 2013: Nomination Rumination!

I apologize for the brief, succinct posting of the nominees for the CDG awards. I was in the middle of a production meeting when the news broke (!) so – don’t tell anyone – but I was busy typing away here at Frocktalk when I probably should have been listening to something important being explained by our first AD. So if we come up empty-handed on some big day on this movie and we don’t have what we need? Sorry, Albert! My bad!

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Awardsapalooza 2013: The CDG Nominations!

THE 15th ANNUAL COSTUME DESIGNERS GUILD AWARDS WITH PRESENTING SPONSOR LACOSTE NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED

EXCELLENCE IN CONTEMPORARY FILM

Beasts of the Southern Wild – Stephani Lewis

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – Louise Stjernsward

Silver Linings Playbook – Mark Bridges

Skyfall – Jany Temime

Zero Dark Thirty – George L. Little

EXCELLENCE IN PERIOD FILM

Anna Karenina – Jacqueline Durran

Argo – Jacqueline West

Les Misérables – Paco Delgado

Lincoln – Joanna Johnston

Moonrise Kingdom – Kasia Walicka-Maimone

EXCELLENCE IN FANTASY FILM

Cloud Atlas – Kym Barrett, Pierre-Yves Gayraud

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Ann Maskrey, Richard Taylor, Bob Buck

The Hunger Games – Judianna Makovsky

Mirror Mirror – Eiko Ishioka

Snow White and the Huntsman – Colleen Atwood

OUTSTANDING CONTEMPORARY TELEVISION SERIES

Girls – Jennifer Rogien

Nashville – Susie DeSanto

Revenge – Jill Ohanneson

Smash – Molly Maginnis

Treme – Alonzo Wilson, Costume Designer. Ann Walters, co-Costume Designer

OUTSTANDING PERIOD/FANTASY TELEVISION SERIES

Boardwalk Empire – John Dunn, Lisa Padovani

Downton Abbey – Caroline McCall

Game of Thrones – Michele Clapton

OUTSTANDING MADE FOR TELEVISION MOVIE OR MINI SERIES

American Horror Story: Asylum, Season 2 – Lou Eyrich

Hatfields & McCoys – Karri Hutchinson

Hemingway & Gellhorn – Ruth Myers

EXCELLENCE IN COMMERCIAL COSTUME DESIGN

Capital One: Couture – Roseanne Fiedler

Captain Morgan Black – Judianna Makovsky

Dos Equis: Most Interesting Man in the World – Julie Vogel

Awardsapalooza 2013 Begins in Earnest!

Happy New Year, Frocktalkers! I hope that your holidays were fun and relaxing. Have you caught up on your movie watching? Looking at the films that are out right now, it’s interesting to see who’s getting the big press push for awards consideration. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: big promotional budgets = big awards. So who is putting their money on the line, and what costume design work is being underserved by the lack of promotional money this year?

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