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! **

Tag Archive for 'Fashion Institute'

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

LA Times Coverage of FIDM’s Costume Exhibit

The Young Victoria

The Young Victoria

Frocktalk tipster Judith pointed out this lovely article from today’s LA Times.  It features interviews with two Academy-Award-nominated costume designers, Sandy Powell (The Young Victoria) and Colleen Atwood (Nine).  You can read it HERE!

— 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

The Abyss is Very Close to the Vortex

So yeah.  Teaching is hard!  And grading papers, sketches, budgets, portfolios on a deadline is REALLY time-consuming.  I have some reviews to write, but I am under water right now with everything going on, so have patience, and I will get to those reviews as soon as I can!  In the meantime, I’m still receiving screener DVDs and I am looking forward to FIDM’s annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibit and gala.  But first: get through December, and the holidays, intact.  Stand by, please!!

— KMB

Very Very Chic’s Coverage of the FIDM-TV Exhibit!

 

very very chic!

very very chic!

Hi there, Frocktalkers.  My friend Jayne over at Very Very Chic has posted coverage of this past weekend’s exhibit at FIDM:  The Art of Television Costume Design.  Check it out HERE – full coverage, with lots of pictures, including TV movies like Coco Chanel and Grey Gardens, shows like The Tudors, Dancing with the Stars, the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, and Project Runway.  Nice job, Jayne!!

— KMB 



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