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.
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Raise your shoulder pads and lower the veils on your hats, Frocktalkers. This is a big one. Nolan Miller, costume design icon, has left the building. Mr. Miller was a driving force behind the use of big ole shoulder pads in the 1980s, thanks in part to his incredible and fantastic work on Dynasty. The contribution that he made to our cultural environment in this time period can not be underestimated. His appreciation of the female shape – and the way he decorated it – influenced fashion houses all over the world. Nolan Miller defined a certain kind of glamour for this era, and I hope that his talent and skill will be appreciated for a long time to come. Rest in peace, Nolan Miller… and thanks for raising the bar.
Hey there Frocktalkers – here is a very interesting article from the LA Times with costume designer Michele Clapton about her work on HBO’s Game of Thrones. My takeaway from this: They WEAVE THEIR OWN FABRIC on their own LOOM. Intrigued yet? Read the article HERE!
Just received news from the Costume Designers Guild that Costume Designer extraordinare Ray Aghayan has passed away. He designed loads of TV projects, including the Shirley Temple Theater, the Judy Garland Show, and the Academy Awards shows. He designed films as well, including Funny Girl, Lady Sings the Blues, and 1967’s Doctor Dolittle. He was nominated for Oscars, Emmys and even a Tony award. His is a sad loss for the design community, and our thoughts are with our family and those who loved him. Here is the word from the CDG:
Downton Abbey (Masterpiece) Part 1 PBS OUTSTANDING COSTUMES FOR A SERIES
GABRIELLA PESCUCCI, Costume Designer ULIVA PIZZETTI, Costume Supervisor The Borgias SHOWTIME
OUTSTANDING COSTUMES FOR A VARIETY/MUSIC PROGRAM OR A SPECIAL
(Juried award: Possibility of one, more than one or no award). This is a juried award determined by a panel of judges from the Costumes peer group. Recommendation(s) from the jury are brought to the Board of Governors for ratification.
KATE CARIN, Costume Designer ABIGAIL METCALF, Costume Supervisor Gettysburg HISTORY
It is with very heavy heart that I tell you the news of costume designer Michael Dennison’s passing. I was having a hard time bringing myself to share this news because doing so would make it real, and none of us want this kind of news to be real. Our costume community has lost a true gem – a man who, at the age of only 58, had garnered the respect of his peers and the admiration of audiences the world over for his extraordinary work. He will be greatly missed. Here are some articles from around the web about his life, and his passing. RIP, Michael Dennison.
The Creative Arts Emmy Awards were held Saturday night, and big congratulations go out to costume designers Joan Bergin (The Tudors) and Jenny Beavan (Return to Cranford) for their wins!! Full list of winners HERE at The Envelope!
Frocktalk reporters Anthony and Sarah interviewed GLEE’s costume designer Lou Eyrich on the red carpet at the CDG Awards – she gives them sage advice, and she even remembers a very special BG extra she helped dress. AND she won the CDG Award for Glee later that evening! Congrats, Lou!
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