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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Update From KB Land!

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For the past few months, life here has been absolutely crazy lately.  I’ve moved house (twice!), and started a new job.  And then there was the TED talk (video will be posted in the next couple of weeks).  I’m about to move again (!) to North Carolina to begin shooting of the new job – a TV show – and I apologize for not being more present here because of it.  The reality of being a costume designer is that sometimes, we lose our lives to our work for long periods of time.

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TEDx Pacific Palisades – This Saturday, 6/29

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Hey everyone!  This Saturday (6/29/2013) is the big TEDx talk.  I’ve been practicing my speech and honing my slideshow, and I think it’s going to be fun!  I’m not going to cry, and I’m not going to barf!  I’m not going to cry and I’m not going to barf!  If I keep repeating this phrase, I will be just fine.  If you’d like to attend the conference – and really, if you aren’t busy on Saturday, you should – I have a discount code for you for $30 off the tickets!  Here it is:  TEDXVIP.  Just go to the Ticket Purchase Page, enter the code where it says “enter promotional code” and you’re all set.  The tickets include lunch and the entire program of compelling speakers, so it’s a pretty good bargain. I will be talking about clothing, identity and costume design.  And I’m NOT going to barf!  Hope to see you there!  Have a great week, everyone!

-KMB

Behind the Candelabra: Interview with Designer Ellen Mirojnick

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Ellen Mirojnick is a legend in costume design.  Her work spans everything from Basic Instinct to Chaplin to Speed to the new HBO bio-pic Behind the Candelabra.  I spent a really nice breakfast recently with Ellen talking about a lot of things.  I’m going to break it into two interviews, but I wanted to share with you Ellen’s thoughts about making Liberace come to life – helping to transform Michael Douglas into a flesh and blood version of someone so flamboyant he could be easily disregarded as a cartoon.  Ellen’s work on this film is jaw-dropping, and I can’t wait to see the film – it airs at 9PM Sunday night, May 26th, on HBO.  Read on for more here and join us for breakfast, won’t you?

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Awardsapalooza 2013: The Daytime Emmy Nominations!

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Congratulations to the costume designers and their teams who were nominated this morning for Daytime Emmy awards!  They are as follows:

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN FOR A DRAMA SERIES

The Bold and the Beautiful           CBS

Danielle King, Costume Designer

Days of Our Lives    NBC

Jayne Marie Kehoe, Costumer Designer

General Hospital     ABC

Mary Iannelli, Costume Designer

The Young and the Restless          CBS

Jennifer Johns, Costume Designer

 

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN/STYLING

The Ellen DeGeneres Show           SYNDICATED

Jamie Salazar, Wardrobe Supervisor

Kellen Richards, Costume Designer

Ric Renae Hughes, Key Costumer

The Fresh Beat Band          Nickelodeon

Gene Barnhart, Costume Supervisor

Kiki Garwood, Costume Stylist, Key Costumer

Joyce Kim Lee, Costume Designer

Frank Alexander, Jessica Torok,

Kacy Treadway, Carly Mills, Erin Lenk, Costumers

R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour The Series       The HUB

Farnaz Khaki-Sadigh, Costume Designer

Sesame Street           PBS

Brian Hemesath, Jared Leese, Costume Designers/Live Actors

Jason Weber, Rollie Krewson, Constance Peterson,

Polly P. Smith, Michelle Hickey, Lara Maclean,

Anney Ozar, Heather Asch, Andrea Detwiler,

Loryn Brantz, Stanley Ulysses Jones, Elizabeth K. Hara,

Doug James, Colette Nickola, Jane F. Pien, Costume Designers/Muppets

Congratulations, everyone!!  Awards will be televised live on June 16th at 8PM EDT, 5PM PDT on HLN!

-KMB

Spotlight On: Costume Illustrator Phillip Boutte!

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Phillip Boutte is one of the hottest costume illustrators in town.  With a resume that includes box-office behemoths like Inception, Man of Steel, Twilight/Breaking Dawn, and Star Trek, his rise has been meteoric. We sat down to breakfast and ended up talking about everything from new rendering programs to racism in the media.  I really adore Phillip and am so excited to share this interview with you.  Grab a cup of coffee and join us, won’t you?

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HOLLYWOOD COSTUME Coming to Melbourne!

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Frocktalkers, remember that awesome HOLLYWOOD COSTUME exhibit that Deborah Nadoolman Landis put together at the V & A in London last October? Well, it’s on the move! The show will open at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne on April 24. This is a DO NOT MISS event, people. If you are in Australia or New Zealand (or anywhere else close-by), this exhibit merits a trip, for sure. It’s so exciting. More info HERE!  Enjoy, everyone!

– KMB

Costume Designers, Start your Engines!

OMG, Frocktalkers!  Only a few more days left on this movie – I am so exhausted!!!  I wanted to share this opportunity with you – it sounds cool! Read on for details – looks like a fun time to me!!!

Attention all Costume Designers, the Competition is on!

The Original Farmers Market, Metropolitan Fashion Week , Planet Dailies Mixology 101 and The Hollywood Museum invite(s) you to (enter to) compete for the best costume design inspired by the Farmer’s Market Clock Tower

The Winner and runner-up costumes will be displayed at The Hollywood Museum, in the Historic Max Factor Building also at the Exterior Display Window at the Original Farmers Market Entrance

Original Farmers Market Clock Tower Costume Challenge Casting Call Details

WHEN: Thursday, March 7, 2013
TIME: 5:30pm -7:30pm

WHERE: Planet Dailies at The Original Farmers Market
6333 W 3rd St #020 (Upstairs, above Dylan’s Candy Bar and Sur La Table)
Los Angeles. CA 900036

Awardsapalooza: The Oscars!

Congrats to Jacqueline Durran and her crew for the big win for Anna Karenina!  Did you watch the awards?  What a show.  That Shirley Bassey – that was so cool.  If you’d like to relive the night, check out the play-by-play I posted on Twitter @frocktalk.  Have a great week, everyone!

– 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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