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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Behind the Candelabra: Interview with Designer Ellen Mirojnick

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Ellen Mirojnick is a legend in costume design.  Her work spans everything from Basic Instinct to Chaplin to Speed to the new HBO bio-pic Behind the Candelabra.  I spent a really nice breakfast recently with Ellen talking about a lot of things.  I’m going to break it into two interviews, but I wanted to share with you Ellen’s thoughts about making Liberace come to life – helping to transform Michael Douglas into a flesh and blood version of someone so flamboyant he could be easily disregarded as a cartoon.  Ellen’s work on this film is jaw-dropping, and I can’t wait to see the film – it airs at 9PM Sunday night, May 26th, on HBO.  Read on for more here and join us for breakfast, won’t you?

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Nashville – a Letter from a Production Wife

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This is a VERY interesting letter, written by the wife of one of the producers on TV’s NASHVILLE. Check it out – it’s an interesting perspective on the work and hours we perform, how we are treated, and what it all means.  I applaud its author, Micaela Bensko, and I kind of want to have her and family over for dinner.  Read on Frocktalkers.  Thanks for bearing with me – I have been flying by the seat of my pants these days.  Will have a juicy interview up for you very soon – ELLEN MIROJNICK, talking about her work on the upcoming Liberace movie for HBO, BEHIND THE CANDELABRA!  Have a great week, everyone!

-KMB

Game of Thrones Interview: LA Times!

Hey there Frocktalkers – here is a very interesting article from the LA Times with costume designer Michele Clapton about her work on HBO’s Game of Thrones.  My takeaway from this:  They WEAVE THEIR OWN FABRIC on their own LOOM.  Intrigued yet?  Read the article HERE!

– KMB

Audrey Fisher: It’s In Her Blood

Frocktalk reporters Anthony Tran, JoAnn Orr, and Laura Wong sunk their teeth into Audrey Fisher, 2010 Costume Designers Guild Award nominee for HBO’s True Blood. Audrey was very poised and gracious; she answered our barrage of questions like a true champ.

FT: What are your impressions of this costume exhibit?

AF: It’s always so inspirational to see the costumes up close. It gives me a huge sense of accomplishment for the other designers to see how beautiful things are close up.

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Gail McMullen: There’s Always More To Learn

Gail McMullen talks with Laura Wong and Anthony Tran

Gail McMullen talks with Frocktalk reporters Laura Wong and Anthony Tran

Frocktalk reporters Anthony Tran and Laura Wong spoke with the fabulous Gail McMullen, costume designer of (among other things) HBO’s Six Feet Under. Here are her impressions of this year’s award contenders and some advice for aspiring designers:

FT: What are your top 3 movies of 2009 (not necessarily considering the costume design)?

GM: Young Victoria, Bright Star, and A Single Man. Of all of the films I saw this year, it (A Single Man) is the one that has stayed with me the longest. I can still see some of the images in my mind and I found the story so very affecting.

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April Ferry: A Positive Outlook Goes A Long Way

The delightful and talented April Ferry

The delightful and talented costume designer April Ferry

by Sarah Schuessler, special correspondent to Frocktalk.com

It is illuminating to hear about any costume designer’s process, but it’s especially exciting when you are a fan of the project too. HBO’s Rome is a favorite of mine, and I had the privilege of chatting with its lovely designer, April Ferry, about her experience.

AF: Rome was not only my favorite project I’ve ever done, it is my favorite work I’ve ever done, actually. I’ve done more than forty movies. And even though I only mostly do features, Rome was just—because I got to do it from the ground up. We did the research; we did everything. We made every single costume.

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