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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Off to See the Wizard!!

Frocktalkers, it’s an exciting day! My bags are packed and I’m out the door, headed to London for the big opening of the V & A exhibit. I will be posting updates and pictures on Twitter, so please take a look @Frocktalk – it’s going to be crazy! I can’t wait to share the experience with you. If you have any specific requests for photos, just send me an email at frocktalk@gmail.com or send me a DM on Twitter and I will do my best to get them for you! I will also be visiting the Cecil Beaton exhibit and Angel’s costume house!  So excited!!!  Stay tuned for more details, and please check @Frocktalk on Twitter for updates – I won’t be able to post here on Frocktalk until I return!  Have a good week, everyone!

– KMB

Celebration of Costume Design Event!

Here’s an awesome opportunity to celebrate some great costumes, learn some things about costume design for movies, and to get a makeover!!!  This event is open to the public, and it’s being hosted by Turner Classic Movies and Bloomingdale’s – how cool is that?!!  Frocktalker and friend Deborah Nadoolman Landis will be there to answer all of your costume design questions – trust me, she has an encyclopedic knowledge of our art form – and it looks like it will be a fun time!  RSVP at 310-985-6246 by Monday.  Event takes place on Wednesday, March 28 from 7P – 9P at the Beverly Center Bloomingdale’s – roll on over after work!  Sounds like a lot of fun!!

– KMB

19th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Opening Gala!

It’s that time of year, Frocktalkers!  FIDM hosted the fabulous Art of Motion Picture Costume Design gala last night, and I sent two intrepid reporters, Kim and Hannah, to cover it!  I am hearing reports of interviews with major Academy-Award-winning designers, and I am starting to receive tons of pictures from the event.  All will be posted soon!  Stay tuned for juicy photos and interviews!!  Here are the first of the pictures!!!  Enjoy!!!  Big thanks to Kim Ngo and Hannah Greene for covering the event in my absence!!

– KMB

Awardsapalooza 2009/10: The Costume Designers Guild Awards!

Congratulations to last night’s CDG Award winners!   They are:

In the Film categories:  Fantasy – Monique Prudhomme, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus; Period – Sandy Powell, The Young Victoria; Contemporary – Doug Hall, Crazy Heart.

And for television:  Contemporary – Lou Eyrich for Glee; Period – Janie Bryant for Mad Men; Miniseries/Movie – Catherine Marie Thomas for Grey Gardens.  In the commercial costume design category, Casey Storm won for his work on the Milkquarius campaign.

More details, interviews and pictures to come – I should have them up by Monday!!  Have a great weekend, and CONGRATS to all!!!

— KMB

Mona May: You Have to be Bold

Costume Designer Mona May

Costume Designer Mona May

Roving Frocktalk reporters Anthony Tran, Laura Wong, and JoAnn Orr met up with fabulous costume designer Mona May at the 18th Annual FIDM Art of Motion Picture Costume Design event. As part of our UCLA Costume Design for Film class, they all studied Enchanted and wrote papers about the costume design. Here, they meet the designer, the lady with the answers to all of their questions. To say they were agog upon meeting her is perhaps putting it too lightly.  They were thunderstruck.

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More Photos from the FIDM Motion Picture Costume Exhibit!

Frocktalk reporter Hannah Greene hams it up at the FIDM event.

Frocktalk reporter Hannah Greene hams it up at the FIDM event.

Intrepid Frocktalk correspondent Hannah Greene has uploaded more photos from the event.  You can see them HERE.  Hannah’s photos include some great shots of the costumes from The Dutchess and Bright Star, so have a look, and enjoy!

— KMB

Audrey Fisher: It’s In Her Blood

Frocktalk reporters Anthony Tran, JoAnn Orr, and Laura Wong sunk their teeth into Audrey Fisher, 2010 Costume Designers Guild Award nominee for HBO’s True Blood. Audrey was very poised and gracious; she answered our barrage of questions like a true champ.

FT: What are your impressions of this costume exhibit?

AF: It’s always so inspirational to see the costumes up close. It gives me a huge sense of accomplishment for the other designers to see how beautiful things are close up.

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Awardsapalooza 2009/2010: The 18th Annual FIDM Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Event!!

vaccuuming the red carpet in advance of the 18th Annual FIDM Costume Design Event.

Vacuuming the red carpet in advance of the 18th Annual FIDM Costume Design Event.

My feet hurt, my back hurts, and my throat is hoarse!! It was such a fun night. There were six of us Frocktalk reporters roaming the event, and we interviewed so many people. Look forward, in the week ahead, to interviews with Audrey Fisher (True Blood), Mona May (Enchanted), George Mitchell (The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson), April Ferry (Rome), Monique Prudhomme (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus), Hope Hanafin (500 Days of Summer) and many, many more!

We will be posting pictures and interviews tomorrow and in the week ahead. It was a brilliant, awesome night, and big thanks to Shirley Wilson at FIDM for getting all of us in. It was an amazing event, and we all learned so much!!!  Thank you!!!!

— KMB

Awardsapalooza 2009/2010: 18th Annual FIDM Event!

Good news!  Good news!  Here at Frocktalk, we just received the all-clear from FIDM to report on the 18th annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design opening.  We will be providing wall-to-wall coverage of the festivities with several roving reporters and photographers, so if you see us coming, smile and say CHEESE!  We are all really getting excited about this event.  However, the big question remains:  WHAT TO WEAR?!?!  Stand by!

— KMB



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