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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22nd Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Gala at FIDM!

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Man of Steel Superman suit. Costume designers James Acheson and Michael Wilkinson.

Last night was the big opening gala for FIDM’s 22nd annual “Art of Motion Picture Costume Design” exhibition.  Frocktalk contributor Lauren Fonville and I tore it up – chatting with designers and ooh-ing and aah-ing over the many beautiful works of costume art on display. The exhibit showcased costumes from twenty-one films of 2013, as well as last year’s Oscar winner, ‘Anna Karenina’.

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FIDM Art of Motion Picture Costume Design 2013

Ravenna's "Beetle" costume from Snow White and the Huntsman - designed by Colleen Atwood

Ravenna's "Beetle" costume from Snow White and the Huntsman - designed by Colleen Atwood

Well, Frocktalkers, the big annual FIDM Art of Motion Picture Costume Design event was tonight! I’ve taken a bunch of pictures for those of you out-of-towners who can’t see it in person. However, if you ARE in town, you should really see it for yourself. It’s pretty awesome. It runs until the 27th April! Here’s the gallery:

Set #1

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Set #2

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Set #3

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– KMB

2012 Art of Television Costume Design Opening!

Costumes of Downton Abbey, designed by Susannah Buxton

Costumes of Downton Abbey, designed by Susannah Buxton

It was a great night last night, Frocktalkers!  The 6th Annual Art of Television Costume Design exhibit opened at FIDM, and it was beautiful.  The exhibit opens to the public on Tuesday, July 31st, and runs until October 20th.  Represented in the exhibit are Emmy nominees Boardwalk Empire, American Horror Story, Once Upon a Time, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones and many more!  I took photos of all the costumes on exhibit and posted them on my photostream HERE for those of you who are out of town.  However, if you are in LA, you really ought to swing by.  It’s free, and it’s an awesome display of talent.  Congrats to everyone involved in making this happen!!!

Art of Television Costume Design Exhibit at FIDM:  919 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA  90015.  Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10A – 5P.  Exhibit runs 7/31/12 – 10/20/12.

– KMB

KPCC Interviews with Mark Bridges and Arianne Phillips

Hello Frocktalkers!  I hope you’re scraping the glitter off your skin from last night’s big parties and sobering up a little.  Frocktalker Laura sent me the link to this fabulous radio interview – KPCC’s Patt Morrison interviews nominee Arianne Phillips (W.E.) and Oscar-winner Mark Bridges (The Artist).  It’s really wonderful, and big thanks to KPCC for airing it.  It’s a great way to spread the word about the artistry of costumes in film!  LISTEN HERE!

– KMB

Talking With Costume Designer Mona May

Mona May (R) with Robert Morgan

Mona May (R) with Robert Morgan

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!

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Talking with Mary Zophres, Costume Designer of True Grit

Mary Zophres has had an amazing career, designing some of the most iconic costumes in recent memory – Jeff Lebowski, anyone? She has finally been recognized with an Academy Award nomination for her brilliant work on True Grit. This longtime Coen Brothers collaborator opens up about the details of that project, and what it means to make her Greek dad a superstar back home.

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Talking With Mary Claire Hannan, Designer of The Kids Are All Right

Frocktalk reporters Kim Ngo and Hannah Greene caught up with Mary Claire Hannan, costume designer of The Kids Are All Right (and FIDM graduate), at the 19th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design opening gala at FIDM.  She has some interesting things to say about getting started in the business… read on…

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Talking with Meghan Hansen, FIDM Registrar

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!

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Talking With Colleen Atwood, Costume Legend

Frocktalk reporters Hannah Greene, Kim Ngo, and Alice in Wonderland costume designer Colleen Atwood

Frocktalk reporters Hannah Greene, Kim Ngo, and Alice in Wonderland costume designer Colleen Atwood

Frocktalk reporter Kim Ngo can live the rest of her life a fulfilled woman after talking with Colleen Atwood at the 19th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design opening night gala at FIDM last weekend.  Hear what the Academy Award winner had to say after the jump!

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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



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