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! **
David Matwijkow and Clifford Chally of Costume Co-op
On a quiet, tree-lined street in between Valley Village and the NoHo Arts District, the soothing hum of sewing machines fills the air.Costume Co-op, founded by John van Hout, Clifford Chally and David Matwijkow, is a union costume shop, featuring made-to-order construction, aging and dying, foam sculpting and millinery all under one roof.
Amy Westcott, winner of the Contemporary Film category for BLACK SWAN!
Ladies and Gentlemen, I have just come from the CDG Awards, and I am pleased to announce to you the winners! Here they are, in order of their announcement:
Contemporary TV: Lou Eyrich, GLEE
Period/Fantsy TV: John Dunn & Lisa Padovani, BOARDWALK EMPIRE
TV Movie/Miniseries: Cindy Evans, TEMPLE GRANDIN
Commercial: Aude Bronson Howard, CHANEL
Period Film: Jenny Beavan, THE KING’S SPEECH
Fantasy Film: Colleen Atwood, ALICE IN WONDERLAND
Contemporary Film: Amy Westcott, BLACK SWAN
Congratulations to all of tonight’s nominees and special award winners, including Julie Weiss, Halle Berry and Joel Schumacher. It was a fab event, and I am going to upload pictures and video for you in a few minutes! It was an epic night.
It’s the MOST!WONDERFUL!TIME!Of the YEAR!!Yes, my phone is ringing off the hook, and that can mean only one thing: either it’s an election year (thanks, robo-calls) or it’s HALLOWEEN!!This year, if you are looking for a good last-minute costume idea, I think I can help.
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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America seems to have renewed its love affair with the musical comedy genre.The success of TV’s Glee seems to make the point all by itself.It is with this love in mind that I bring you CAMP, a 2003 film that debuted at Sundance, and then fell largely under the radar.Honestly, I think it was ahead of its time.If you like Glee, you will love Camp.
When I started Frocktalk, I wanted to keep my focus on feature films.It’s easier to break them down, get pictures, and re-watch scenes if I need to analyze something further.Television is much more ephemeral – the show airs once, and you’d better watch carefully unless you have TiVo.Try getting pictures (stills) of a TV show off of your TV.It’s impossible.When I saw Glee, I thought I needed to write about it here, because the costumes are outstanding.