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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Awardsapalooza: Primetime Emmy Nominations 2014!

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This morning brought us great news of Emmy nominations for outstanding costume design in the realm of television!  Without further ado, here are this year’s Primetime Emmy costume nominees:

OUTSTANDING COSTUMES FOR A SERIES

Boardwalk Empire: HBO

John Dunn, Costume Designer; Lisa Padovani, Costume Designer; Joseph La Corte, Costume Supervisor

Downton Abbey: PBS

Caroline McCall, Costume Designer; Heather Leat, Costume Supervisor; Poli Kyriacou, Assistant Costume Designer

Game of Thrones: HBO

Michele Clapton, Costume Designer; Sheena Wichary, Costume Supervisor; Alexander Fordham, Assistant Costume Designer; Nina Ayres, Assistant Costume Designer

Mad Men: AMC

Janie Bryant, Costume Designer; Tiffany White Stanton, Costume Designer; Stacy Horn, Costume Supervisor

Once Upon a Time: ABC

Eduardo Castro, Costume Designer; Monique McRae, Assistant Costume Designer

OUTSTANDING COSTUMES FOR MINISERIES, MOVIE OR A SPECIAL

American Horror Story – Coven: FX

Lou Eyrich, Costume Designer; Elizabeth Macey, Costume Supervisor; Ken Van Duyne, Assistant Costume Designer

House of Versace: Lifetime

Clair Nadon, Costume Designer; Nicole Magny, Assistant Costume Designer

Sherlock – His Last Vow (Masterpiece): PBS

Sarah Arthur, Costume Designer; Ceri Walford, Costume Supervisor

The Normal Heart: HBO

Daniel Orlandi, Costume Designer; Gail A. Fitzgibbons, Costume Supervisor; Hartsell Taylor, Costume Supervisor; Maria Tortu, Assistant Costume Designer

The White Queen: Starz

Nic Ede, Costume Designer; Raissa Hans, Costume Supervisor; Elizabeth Healy, Assistant Costume Designer

Congratulations to all of these costume teams for their outstanding work!  It’s party time!!!!  The Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony will be on Saturday, August 16th at 4P Pacific.  Not sure when it will be broadcast at the moment, but stay tuned for the Emmy Awards, broadcast live from the Nokia Theater on August 25, 2014 at 8P Eastern/5P Pacific on NBC!

– KMB

HOLLYWOOD COSTUME is Coming to LA!!

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EXPANDED FINAL TOUR OF COSTUME DESIGN EXHIBITION ARRIVES OCTOBER 2

Featuring costumes from The Hunger GamesDjango UnchainedThe Wizard of Oz and more

On view October 2, 2014 – March 2, 2015

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – This fall the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present the final showing of the groundbreaking multimedia exhibition Hollywood Costume in the historic Wilshire May Company building, the future location of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, at Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles. Organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A), this ticketed exhibition explores the central role of costume design – from the glamorous to the very subtle – as an essential tool of cinematic storytelling.

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A Million Ways to Die in the West & Maleficent: Interpreting History & Lore

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I saw two movies today – OMG, stop the presses.  I finally got some “KB Time” and took advantage of it.  Bolstering the box office numbers for this weekend’s biggest contenders, I saw them both.  There are some interesting parallels, in terms of the costumes, and here’s how I see it:

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Sandy Powell Dishes on Designing YOUNG VICTORIA at the Getty!

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Deborah Nadoolman Landis (L) and Sandy Powell.  Photo: Charlie Fonville

“Dress is a trifling matter…but it gives also the one outward sign from which people in general can and often do judge upon the inward state of mind and feeling of a person.”  — Queen Victoria, 1858

By Lauren Fonville

The indomitable Queen Victoria, England’s longest-reigning monarch was on everybody’s mind on Sunday as visitors flooded the Getty Center’s new exhibit, A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography in Los Angeles.

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Blancanieves

Review Date: 12-23-12

Release Date:

Runtime: 104 minutes

Period: 1920s-ish, Spain

Costume Designer: Paco Delgado

Okay, if you think that Les Misérables has great costumes, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Paco Delgado, the designer of Les Mis, hits a homerun with the silent, black-and-white (Spanish) adaptation of the Snow White story, Blancanieves. Let’s put it this way – his is the first in the main title credits. That says something. This is masterful work, and for me, his breathtaking work on Les Mis pales in comparison to his absolutely genius work in Blancanieves.

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Lincoln

Review Date: 10-26-12

Release Date: 11-9-12 (limited); wide on 11-16-12

Runtime: 150 min (approx, unofficial)

Period: 1865

Costume Designer: Joanna Johnston

This film details the last four months of American President Abraham Lincoln’s life. Essentially, it covers Lincoln’s struggle to achieve passage of the thirteenth amendment to the US constitution, outlawing slavery. Along the way, it paints a loving picture of Lincoln as a doting, hands-on father, an involved, engaged husband, and a charismatic, determined leader.

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Tales from London: the Best Costume Exhibit of ALL TIME!

I’m finally back at home and settled in after a fabulous and unforgettable visit to Europe. I am so grateful to have been able to make this trip. I feel so lucky to have been able to be a part of the Hollywood Costume celebration at the Victoria and Albert museum; I don’t even know where to begin. London, V & A, Deborah Landis, David C. Copley – a million thank yous would never be enough. This exhibit at the V & A marks a new chapter in costume design. We are officially on the map, if you ever missed us before.

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Adventures in Costuming: Albright Fashion Library!

These Prada shoes.  These shoes.  Come on.

These Prada shoes. These shoes. Come on.

Frocktalkers, I have just returned from New York City, and WOW, do I have a find for you!!! It’s the Albright Fashion Library, and before you start thinking of a musty space filled with old books and magazines, let me tell you: it’s pure fashion. Not a book to be found. This is a place that lends clothing, and not just any clothing – top-of-the-line, first-run designer fashion – and tons of it.

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Snow White and the Huntsman

Review Date: 5-29-12

Release Date: 6-1-12

Runtime: 127 minutes

Period: Vaguely Medieval

Costume Designer: Colleen Atwood

Some stories are so good that they just need to be reinterpreted every once in a while. It is therefore no surprise that Snow White has had countless incarnations over the years. The flavor of the latest go-round, Snow White and the Huntsman, is distinctly dark and scary – miles away from the sweet, frothy cartoons and singing birds that have come before. This film is fertile ground for social commentary, and if you are a university-level Women’s Studies major needing material for a thesis, look no further. This is a post-feminist, apocalyptic Snow White, complete with a villain oozing misandry. Sound intriguing?

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HSN to Showcase Costume Designer Colleen Atwood’s Work on Snow White and the Huntsman!

Happy Tuesday, Frocktalkers – I am finally home after a long and sometimes grueling 3+ month job out of town, and it is good to be back.  I saw this in the LA Times, and thought it was very interesting.  Colleen Atwood is launching a line of clothing for sale on HSN inspired by her designs in Snow White and the Huntsman.  It’s quite interesting, and I can’t wait to see it.  This kind of retail crossover has happened before, (recently with Trish Summerville/Girl With the Dragon Tattoo for H & M and Janie Bryant/Mad Men for Banana Republic) but this source material – a medieval fairy tale – is new to the game.  I am very eager to see the collection!  I hope it does well for everyone involved – the costumes look dazzling, and it’s a great opportunity to own a piece of it.  Read more about it HERE and HERE!  Mark your calendars – it launches May 30 on HSN!

– KMB



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