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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TEDx Pacific Palisades Talk is Up and Running!

Hi there, Frocktalkers!  It’s finally here – for those of you who did not get to make it to Pacific Palisades to see the big TEDx talk, here it is in its entirety.  Hope you enjoy it!  Big thanks to everyone who helped me with this:  Susanica, Carrie, Ruth, Anthony, Sam, Eladio, Mel, Ken, Michael, Michele, Michelle, Lauren, Stacy, Rebecca, Joseph, Beth, Carlos, Lois, Aasha, Darren, and all of my Chico Junior High girlfriends! Thanks to Andrew McGregor for inviting me to speak – it was nerve-wracking, but it was fun!  Have a great weekend, everyone!

 

Shameless Self-Promotion: New and Upcoming!!!

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It’s a big week in the life of KB, y’all! Two projects I’ve worked my butt off on are debuting, and I want to tell you about all of it. First, Insidious Chapter 2 comes out in theaters on Friday the 13th. If you saw Insidious, you know there were some hanging chads at the end there… I am looking forward to seeing the film – I haven’t seen any of it edited or anything. It will be a nerve-wracking surprise to be in the theater, seeing the film for the first time along with audience members. What’s done is done, and I won’t be able to change it. I’m sorry to be missing the premiere; I understand that Universal Studios is doing a whole Insidious-themed haunted house this year – sounds like FUN! It would be so cool to see that. I’m sad to be out of town, missing this! I wonder what they will do with the costumes…?! If any of you go to this haunted house, will you please take pictures for me? Thanks! ☺

Second, on Monday night at 9PM/8PM Central on FOX… it’s SLEEPY HOLLOW!!! That’s what I’ve been doing here in North Carolina. The pilot was designed by the amazing and talented Sanja Hays, and I am designing the rest of the season. As much as I’ve said I would never design television, I have to tell you – this crew is a dream, and everyone working on the show has been so supportive, helpful and awesome. I’m grateful to be on this show, because it has changed my mind about television, and brought me a new appreciation for the art form. We are working our butts off, and I really hope you like the show. Tune in on Monday nights! Hope you all have a good week – stay tuned for more info to come!

– KMB

And Introducing…. Lauren Fonville!!!

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Frocktalkers, you may have noticed a new name on some of the bylines here at Frocktalk.  I’d like to introduce you to my fabulous new cohort, Lauren Fonville. She’s a great writer and a wonderful gal – here’s a little bit more about her:

Lauren Fonville is a costume designer and key costumer for film, TV and theater. Her design credits include features General Education, Angel’s Perch and TV movie The Funtime Gang. She is the resident costume designer for Beverly Hills High School’s award-winning Theater Arts program.
As a key costumer, Lauren has contributed to the upcoming features The Bronx Bull, The Bloody Indulgent, and HBO’s new series Togetherness. She is a member of Motion Picture Costumers IASTE Local 705 and a graduate of Los Angeles City College’s Theater Academy and the University of Oregon.
Before delving into costuming full-time, Lauren was a reporter (under her maiden name Lauren Horwitch) for publications such as Daily Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, LA Weekly, Newsweek and served as the News Editor for Backstage.
Welcome to the Frocktalk ranks, Lauren!  I’m so excited to have you here.  For more info on Lauren, please check out her website: http://www.laurenfonville.com and for feedback, lauren@laurenfonville.com.  Bienvenue!!!
– KMB

Drunk History: Interview with Designer Christina Mongini

Drunk History

By Lauren Fonville

We’ve been fans of Drunk History’s slurred, comedic take on American history and it’s slightly-off period costumes since its early days at a web series on FunnyorDie.com. Now the show created by host Derek Waters and director Jeremy Konner is finally getting a run as a full series airing Tuesdays at 10 pm on Comedy Central.

Who better than costume designer Christina Mongini to bring the show’s inebriated versions of events like Watergate and the Battle of the Alamo to life? The comedy vet has earned her chops as the costume designer for HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm and is about to go into production on season five of The League on FX.

We sat down with Christina to discuss Drunk History’s quirky aesthetic; its panoply of guest stars including Jack Black, Dave Grohl, Lisa Bonet, Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson, and Kristen Wiig; and the particular challenges of costuming comedy.

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Burt Wonderstone: Interview with Designer Dayna Pink!

Olivia Wilde as Jane in "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone"

Olivia Wilde as Jane in “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone”

Frocktalkers, I am very excited to share this interview with you.  I sat down for breakfast with costume designer Dayna Pink, and we ended up talking about everything from Tenacious D to the tenuous work-life balance in our industry.  Grab a cup of coffee and join us for breakfast!

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The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

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Review Date: 4-2-2013

Release Date: 3-15-2013

Runtime: 100 min.

Period: Contemporary (flashbacks to 1980s)

Costume Designer: Dayna Pink

 

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is a very interesting movie, and the costumes are awesome.  What kind of a dream job would it be to create a world of magic?  To span a few decades doing so?  To work with some of the best comedic talent in the process?  I sat down with costume designer Dayna Pink to discuss her work on the show, and I will run that interview soon.  But first, have a look at some of her outrageous and hilarious costumes.

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Spring Breakers

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Release Date: 3-22-13 (USA)

Review Date: 3-26-13

Runtime: 94 min.

Period: Contemporary

Costume Designer:  Heidi Bivens

Having just seen Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers, the words that come to my mind:  WOAH.  WTF.  OMG.  NO WAY.  This is a nightmare of a movie, in the very best sense – it has haunted my dreams.  Marketed oddly as a good-times comedy, it couldn’t be further from the reality of what this movie actually is – a nihilistic meditation on youth, freedom, and the meaning of life.  Starring Disney poster girls Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez alongside cinematic chameleon James Franco, this film destroys any kind of squeaky-cleanness they might have once had.  It’s brilliant, it’s brash, and it’s scary as hell.

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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

Bombs, Spies, Torture and Violence: Zero Dark Thirty & Skyfall

Two films are out for your holiday viewing: both feature mind-numbing violence, explosions, espionage, gun battles, torture and death. One is based on actual events, and the other is based on a well-known set of novels. The stories are so outrageous; it’s hard to tell which one is standing in front of the mirror and which one is the reflection.

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De Rouille et D’Os – Rust and Bone

Review Date: 12-8-12

Release Date: 11-23-12

Runtime: 120 minutes

Period: Contemporary

Costume Designer: Virginie Montel

Rust and Bone is the epic, harrowing and stunning story of Stephanie (Marion Cotillard), a killer whale trainer who loses her legs in an accident, and Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts), a negligent father who enters the competitive world of street fighting. Stephanie is drawn to danger in all its forms, and Ali provides her with plenty of it, helping her to heal along the way.

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