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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Exploitation, or Have You Hugged Your Union Today?

It’s Labor Day weekend – a time when most people frolic in the swimming pool, get drunk, barbeque and enjoy the last throes of summer before the rigors of school and work catch up with them. But did you know that without unions, we wouldn’t have this three-day-weekend to celebrate? I want to take time this weekend to talk about exploitation, and what led to the creation of these unions. Working in the film industry, you may encounter lots of different types of jobs – some union, and others, non-union. You need to be very, VERY aware of your rights if you work on non-union projects. Whereas the union has rules and regulations in place to protect you in the workplace, non-union work has practically nothing. You need to be forewarned about some of the shenanigans that people will try to pull – to know what is legal, and what is not! I will do my best to spell it out for you here.

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Dear Kristin: To Join, or Not Join, the Union?

Dear Kristin: I am an aspiring costume designer, having switched careers from fashion design. I haven’t looked back since, and it’s been tough, but great. One of my next goals is to join the Costume Designer’s Guild. I have been hard at work finding my way onto any indie feature I can, to learn as much as I can and just continue to gain experience. I was thinking of applying to the Guild (when I feel ready and have some funds saved up) as an assistant costume designer, so I can learn under more experienced costume designers. Is it difficult to then upgrade to costume designer, once I have some union experience under my belt? I’m in no rush to design a union feature as a costume designer; I’m just wondering if I should apply as a costume designer and then just look for assistant costume designer jobs instead, OR if I should apply as an assistant costume designer, and then upgrade.

Thanks,

Adriana

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Behind the Seams: the CDG Awards, Broadcast on TV!!

This is particularly exciting, Frocktalkers!  Tonight, ReelzChannel will be broadcasting highlights from this year’s CDG Awards – you can be there to watch your favorite actors, directors, and yes, DESIGNERS on their big night!  Set your TiVo tonight, but even if you miss it, they will be airing it all next week.  Here’s the schedule:

Premiere:  Tonight 4/14/12, 7:30 EDT, 4:30 PDT;  Additional airings on Sunday, April 15th 9a ET / 6a PT
Monday, April 16th 8a ET / 5a PT and 11:30p PT / 2:30a ET
Tuesday, April 17th 7a ET / 4a PT and 12:30a PT / 3:30a ET
Wednesday, April 18th 11a ET / 8a PT
Thursday, April 19th 8a ET / 5a PT

ReelzChannel is:  DirecTV, channel 238; Dish Network, channel 299; Verizon Fios, channel 233; Time Warner NYC, channel 131 & 283 HD.  Check reelz.com/watch for service in your area.  ENJOY, Frocktalkers!!!

– KMB

Awardsapalooza: The CDG Award Winners!

Announced Tuesday night at the Beverly Hilton, the 2012 Costume Designers Guild Award winner are:

Excellence in Contemporary film:  Trish Summerville, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Excellence in Period Film:  Arianne Phillips, W. E.

Excellence in Fantasy Film: Jany Temime, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2

Outstanding Made for TV movie or Miniseries: Susannah Buxton, Downton Abbey

Outstanding Contemporary TV series:  Lou Eyrich, Glee

Outstanding Period/Fantasy TV series: John A. Dunn & Lisa Padovani, Boardwalk Empire

Excellence in Commercial Costume Design: Roseanne Fielder, Swiffer: “Country Dirt Cowgirl”

Congratulations to all of the award winners and their crew – next stop, Oscars!!!!  Congrats, everyone!

– KMB

Costume Designers Guild Magazine, Winter 2012

Really great issue of the Costume Designers Guild Magazine this winter – you can access it by clicking on the cover of the magazine on the lower left side of the CDG website.  It would be awesome if they sold subscriptions to the general public – I know there are a lot of you out there who would love to have it delivered to your mailbox!  For now, you can view it online through the CDG website:  http://www.costumedesignersguild.com/ Enjoy and have a great week!!

– KMB

Awardsapalooza 2012: The CDG Award Nominations!

Good morning, Frocktalkers!  The 14th annual Costume Designers Guild Award nominations were just announced, and they are:

EXCELLENCE IN CONTEMPORARY FILM
“Bridesmaids” – Leesa Evans & Christine Wada
“The Descendants” – Wendy Chuck
“Drive” – Erin Benach
“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” – Trish Summerville
“Melancholia” – Manon Rasmussen

EXCELLENCE IN PERIOD FILM
“The Artist” – Mark Bridges
“Jane Eyre” – Michael O’Connor
“The Help” – Sharen Davis
“Hugo” – Sandy Powell
“W.E.” – Arianne Phillips

EXCELLENCE IN FANTASY FILM
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2” – Jany Temime
“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” – Penny Rose
“Red Riding Hood” – Cindy Evans
“Thor” – Alexandra Byrne
“X-Men: First Class” – Sammy Sheldon

OUTSTANDING CONTEMPORARY TELEVISION SERIES
“Glee” – Lou Eyrich & Jennifer Eve
“Modern Family” – Alix Friedberg
“Revenge” – Jill Ohanneson
“Saturday Night Live” – Tom Broecker & Eric Justian
“Sons of Anarchy” – Kelli Jones

OUTSTANDING PERIOD/FANTASY TELEVISION SERIES

“Boardwalk Empire” – John A. Dunn, Lisa Padovani
“The Borgias” – Gabriella Pescucci
“Game of Thrones” – Michele Clapton
“Once Upon a Time” – Eduardo Castro
“Pan Am” – Ane Crabtree

OUTSTANDING MADE FOR TELEVISION MOVIE OR MINI SERIES
“Downton Abbey” – Susannah Buxton
“The Kennedys” – Christopher Hargadon
“Mildred Pierce” – Ann Roth

Congratulations, costume designers and costume crew!!!  The awards take place on February 21st, and I hope to send a roving reporter to cover the event!  Congratulations, everyone – party time!!!

– KMB

CDG Artisan Bazaar This Weekend!

Hey Frocktalkers!  If you’re in LA this Sunday, please come by and check out the Costume Designers Guild and Motion Picture Costumers’ Artisan Bazaar!  The holidays are fast approaching.  Come and buy handmade objects and antiques from your favorite costume-types… they make wonderful gifts!  Here are the details:

SUNDAY, November 6, 2011 from 8:30AM – 2PM.  In the Parking Lot:  11969 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA  91604

See the official flier after the jump:

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2011 CDG Awards Winners Announced!

Amy Westcott, winner of the Contemporary Film category for BLACK SWAN!

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.

– KMB

Awardsapalooza 2010-2011: It Begins!!

Well, you know it’s awards season when you start receiving “For Your Consideration” ads in the mail. The winner of First Advertising Mailer of the Season goes to: How To Train Your Dragon (Dreamworks). Yes, it’s animated. But that doesn’t stop Dreamworks from asking us costume designers for our consideration. The winner of First DVD of the Season goes to: Alice in Wonderland (Disney). Big corporations spend millions of dollars each year asking us to consider projects for awards. Are they worthy? What about the smaller films that can’t afford awards advertising? Are they somehow less worthy? Awards season always makes me uncomfortable and slightly agitated for this reason.

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Michael Dennison: Gentle Into That Goodnight

It is with very heavy heart that I tell you the news of costume designer Michael Dennison’s passing.  I was having a hard time bringing myself to share this news because doing so would make it real, and none of us want this kind of news to be real.  Our costume community has lost a true gem – a man who, at the age of only 58, had garnered the respect of his peers and the admiration of audiences the world over for his extraordinary work.  He will be greatly missed.  Here are some articles from around the web about his life, and his passing.  RIP, Michael Dennison.

Here’s a lovely obit from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

CLOTHES ON FILM

More pictures of his work after the jump:

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