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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We all know that Debbie Reynolds is a Hollywood legend, but did you know that she is also a lover of costumes? She is auctioning off her massive collection of costumes on June 18, and there is a preview of some of the items right now at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. Admission to see this exhibit is free, and there is free underground parking (in Beverly Hills!) so get on down and see it before it ends on June 17. I went today, and was there for almost two hours – I took pictures of nearly everything. In fact, I shot two CF cards full of pictures… and now one of the cards is reading ERROR. I have posted some pics HERE and HERE so you can see these costumes – really, the collection is magnificent, and I am told that, of the hundred-plus pieces I saw today, it’s only representative of 40% of her total collection. Simply amazing. Enjoy the pictures, and get down there to see them in person if you can! If you’d like to bid on any of the items, Profiles in History is handling the auction. Click HERE for more info! I will upload the pictures from the defective card as soon as I can!
If this doesn't get your crochet hook humming, nothing will!
Hey there Frocktalkers! It’s been crazy around here, which is great news. I wanted to share the website of this really amazing artist with you: OLEK. She is New York-based, and she works in crochet. You just need to see it to believe it – she is ON FIRE! She has crocheted wrappers/covers for tricycles, bicycles, cars, people, and the Wall Street Bull! It’s guerrilla art, street art at its finest, and she does it with yarn. I haven’t seen anything this exciting in a long time. She has an installation piece up right now at the Pacific Design Center in LA – it’s in the Green Lobby, so please check it out if you have a moment!!
Pacific Design Center: 8687 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA 90069. (Exhibit runs through 6-9-11)
Hannah Greene and Kim Ngo caught up with costume designer Mona May at FIDM’s 19th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design opening gala. Among other things, they talk about the costume designer’s role in the greater collaboration of filmmaking. Enjoy!
Frocktalk reporters Kim Ngo and Hannah Greene spoke with FIDM’s Registrar Meghan Hansen at the big Art of Motion Picture Costume Design gala. Meghan is the one responsible for the installation of this beautiful exhibition, and here’s what she had to say!
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!!
Hello Frocktalkers!I think I am finally done with this show that has kept me busy all summer.It’s hard to have a life when you’re working – sixteen-hour days, exhausted on your days off – and I have missed updating you on all the interesting things going on here.There is a PLAY on now in North Hollywood celebrating Edith Head.There is a Star Trek exhibit on now in Riverside.AND, I want to let you know about a product placement hookup for filmmakers, stylists and TV shows: INSTANTLY FAMOUS!Now, have a good weekend and I will be back next week with more news!
Bradley Laise as Amy Winehouse on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Costume designed by George Mitchell.
We (literally) ran into the charming and jovial George Mitchellin the food tent at the FIDM Art of Motion Picture Costume Design event!George is currently designing The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and we asked him what he thought of the FIDM costume exhibit!
FT: So what did you think, George?
GM:Overall, I liked the exhibit.I thought it was well presented.As usual the “true” period work, like Young Victoria, is probably going to walk away with all the awards because people don’t think 1930s, ’40s, ’50s is “period”.If you really think about what wins, it’s usually an older-period picture.Same thing with the Emmys; the shows that get the attention are the things set in the 1800s.Most people see something modern and they’re not going to think “Oh, wow! That’s really designed!”And that’s one of the problems.
It is with great excitement that I present to you a new feature on Frocktalk.com. It is called “In Their Own Words”. I have been learning Final Cut, and with my mentor on my shoulder, tonight I give you our inaugural edition: Monique Prudhomme, Costume Designer of The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. If you can put up with my insufferably nasal voice and tendency to talk too fast, you will get through it. Monique Prudhomme is such a talent, and a truly sweet lady. She is nominated not only for a CDG Award for Parnassus, but also for an Academy Award for her work on the film! Her costumes are gorgeous, and she tells us here at Frocktalk.com how it all came together. I sincerely hope you enjoy this interview! Thank you, Monique, for talking with us!!