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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Hey Los Angeles! LA Film Festival Starts Tomorrow, 6/13!!!

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Hey Frocktalkers – if you are in LA, don’t miss this opportunity to see some really cool stuff!!! The LA Film Festival runs from June 13 – 23, and it’s kind of a big deal around town.  On June 20, the LA Film Festival and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have teamed up to bring you an amazing panel discussion about costume design called THE ICONIC MOMENT moderated by Laura Dern.  Included in the panel are costume designers Colleen Atwood (Snow White & The Huntsman, Alice in Wonderland, Memoirs of a Geisha), Mark Bridges (The Artist, Silver Linings Playbook, Boogie Nights), Jeffrey Kurland (Inception, Erin Brockovich, Ocean’s Eleven), and Ellen Mirojnick (Behind the Candelabra, Wall Street, Basic Instinct). This is one of those events you just don’t want to miss.  Tickets available at the LAFF Website.  Also, side note in a shamelessly self-promoting kind of way – two films that I designed are going to be showing at the LAFF:  Winter in the Blood and The Conjuring.  Check it out and see you there!!

 

– KMB

Awardsapalooza 2010-2011: The Oscar Goes to…

Colleen Atwood for her exquisite work on Alice in Wonderland.  Congratulations to all the nominees, and especially to Ms. Atwood on this, her third Oscar win!  Nice work!!!

– KMB

Awardsapalooza 2010-2011: The Saturn Award Nominations!

This just in -the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror has announced its nominees for the SATURN awards, and here are the costume contenders:

Colleen Atwood, Alice in Wonderland
Milena Canonero, The Wolfman
Isis Mussenden, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Jany Temime, Harry Potter an The Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Michael Wilkinson & Christine Bieselin Clark, Tron: Legacy
Janty Yates, Robin Hood

Full list of nominees HERE.  The Saturn awards take place in June, so stand by for more results!

– KMB

2011 CDG Awards – Video and pictures

Lou Eyrich, Contemporary TV winner for GLEE

Lou Eyrich, Contemporary TV winner for GLEE

Hey there, Frocktalkers!  I was able to shoot (grainy, poor-quality) video of the acceptance speeches, tribute speeches, etc., and I thought you might like to see (hear) them!  Really, these are more for the words than for the pictures.  It was such a lovely night, and I am excited to share it with you!  Read on!

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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

Jayne Seward Talks with Academy Award Nominees

Frocktalker and friend Jayne Seward talks with Academy Award nominees Colleen Atwood, Jenny Beavan and Mary Zophres over at apparelnews.net.  Check it out – it’s a wonderful interview!  Good going, Jayne!!!

– KMB

Talking With Colleen Atwood, Costume Legend

Frocktalk reporters Hannah Greene, Kim Ngo, and Alice in Wonderland costume designer Colleen Atwood

Frocktalk reporters Hannah Greene, Kim Ngo, and Alice in Wonderland costume designer Colleen Atwood

Frocktalk reporter Kim Ngo can live the rest of her life a fulfilled woman after talking with Colleen Atwood at the 19th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design opening night gala at FIDM last weekend.  Hear what the Academy Award winner had to say after the jump!

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Awardsapalooza 2011! Oscar Nominations!

Academy Awards nominations for outstanding achievement in costume design are out!  Here are the nominees:

Alice in Wonderland, Colleen Atwood
I Am Love, Antonella Cannarozzi
The King’s Speech, Jenny Beavan
The Tempest, Sandy Powell
True Grit, Mary Zophres

Congratulations, everyone!!  The 83rd annual Academy Awards show will air on worldwide TV live on Sunday, February 27, 2011.  Stay tuned and best wishes to the nominees!

-KMB

Awardsapalooza 2011 – The BAFTA Nominations!

This just in – Nominations have been announced for the 2011 BAFTA Awards for Outstanding Costume Design.  Here they are:

· ALICE IN WONDERLAND – Colleen Atwood

· BLACK SWAN – Amy Westcott

· THE KING’S SPEECH – Jenny Beavan

· MADE IN DAGENHAM – Louise Stjernsward

· TRUE GRIT – Mary Zophres

Congratulations to all the nominees on their beautiful work!!!  Party time!!  The BAFTA awards will be presented on Sunday, February 13, 2011.  Good luck, everyone!

— KMB

New Kids on the Block!

Haleh Risdana, Kim Ngo and Anthony Tran

Haleh Risdana, Kim Ngo and Anthony Tran

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of working with some talented newcomers in the LA costume world. If you are looking for some help with your next project, I cannot recommend these people highly enough – they are wonderful, hard-working and have great can-do attitudes! Check out interviews and their websites after the jump. Put them to work, Frocktalkers!

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