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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Holiday Gift Guide for Costume-Types 2013

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The gift giving season is upon us, everyone. Whether it’s Hanukkah or Christmas or Kwanzaa or wrap, it’s probably very likely that you will be buying a gift for someone, and if that someone happens to work in the costume department, you might want to listen up.  What follows is this year’s gift list… if you find you need still more inspiration, please consult prior lists HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.  Get your credit cards ready!

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Costumer of Awesome

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Hey all – just want to bring your attention to this hilarious Tumblr account.  I don’t know who this is, but he/she is on notice – come write for Frocktalk.com!  Check it out HERE – COSTUMER OF AWESOME.  We’ve been rolling on the floor for a few days here in the department.  It’s good.

In other news, I’ve been live tweeting (to the best of my ability) the East coast feed of SLEEPY HOLLOW.  Follow along if you dare @frocktalk – hope you enjoy the show, Frocktalkers!  More to come!

– KMB

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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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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Awardsapalooza 2012 – 2013 – CDG Ballots Due!

Hello there, Frocktalkers!  Just a friendly reminder that if you are a CDG member, get your nominating ballot in the mail today – ballots must be in the Guild office by 5PM tomorrow, 12-11-12.  You can nominate your own films/TV shows/commercials, and you can nominate the films/TV shows/commercials of others, including non-IA, or even non-US work.  The Costume Designers Guild Awards are, in the opinions of many, the most esteemed.  These are our peers – people who do what we do – showing their appreciation for outstanding achievement in costume design.  In our largely thankless profession, it means a lot to have the appreciation of one’s peers!  So get those ballots in, folks, and show your support for all the great work of 2012!  Have a great week!

– KMB

Les Misérables

Review Date: 12-4-12

Release Date: 12-25-12 (USA)

Runtime: 157 minutes

Period: 1815 – 1832, France

Costume Designer: Paco Delgado

Most of us who work in the entertainment industry have seen at least one stage production of Les Misérables in our lives. To miss this musical theater opus would be like not seeing ET or Star Wars; it’s that big of a deal. Les Miz (as it is colloquially called) was first introduced to the stage in the form of a musical in the 1980s. It was a sensation. The music is haunting, the story is relatable, and it packs an emotional wallop. It is no surprise, then, that the current movie version of the musical does the same.

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2012 Gift Guide for Costume Types

It’s that time of year, Frocktalkers! Whether you’re buying gifts for your crew, or sending this link to someone to drop a not-so-subtle hint, this is the gift list for you! Items on this list would be suitable for holiday gifts, wrap gifts, birthday gifts, or just something to say “Thanks for the hard work“. For additional ideas, you can always consult the Frocktalk gift lists of years gone by HERE, HERE and HERE. But stay with me – here is this year’s list!

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Silver Linings Playbook

Review Date: 11-20-12

Release Date: 11-21-12

Runtime: 122 minutes

Period: Contemporary

Costume Designer: Mark Bridges

There is an expression we occasionally use in our business, and that is “Fight the hot”. What that means is that as costume designers, we have to make an attractive person look less so, so that their beauty doesn’t distract from the film. Such is the case with Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook. Voted 2011’s Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine, you have to fight the battle of your life against the hot when you work with Bradley Cooper.

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Angels, the Costumiers

Angels costume house, London

Angels costume house, London.

As part of my trip to London, I visited Angels costume house. Frocktalkers, it was amazing to see this place. I remember way back in 1992, I was interning on the Francis Ford Coppola film Dracula. Our associate costume designer Richard Shissler had made a trip to London to pull costumes for some of our massive crowd scenes. My job was to unpack the boxes that arrived from London. I remember gasping with delight and awe at the assortment of beautiful Victorian garments – many of them antiques, originals – that arrived. Where did these garments come from? Angels costume house.

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Interview: Mark Bridges – The Master

I am a very lucky girl to be able to bring you interviews like this one.  I sat down for breakfast with costume designer Mark Bridges yesterday, and have transcribed our conversation for you.  Please grab a cup of coffee and join us, won’t you?  Mark tells me all about The Master, his methodology, and merkins.  Yes, merkins.  I enjoyed this so much, I hope to bring you other breakfast-style interviews in the future.  Big thanks to Mark for joining me for some toad-in-the-hole and coffee – it was lovely, and very entertaining!  Please note that there are spoilers in this interview, so if you want to be surprised by the film, read this after you see it!  But if you can’t wait… read on~

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