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 2009/2010: The 18th Annual FIDM Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Event!!

vaccuuming the red carpet in advance of the 18th Annual FIDM Costume Design Event.

Vacuuming the red carpet in advance of the 18th Annual FIDM Costume Design Event.

My feet hurt, my back hurts, and my throat is hoarse!! It was such a fun night. There were six of us Frocktalk reporters roaming the event, and we interviewed so many people. Look forward, in the week ahead, to interviews with Audrey Fisher (True Blood), Mona May (Enchanted), George Mitchell (The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson), April Ferry (Rome), Monique Prudhomme (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus), Hope Hanafin (500 Days of Summer) and many, many more!

We will be posting pictures and interviews tomorrow and in the week ahead. It was a brilliant, awesome night, and big thanks to Shirley Wilson at FIDM for getting all of us in. It was an amazing event, and we all learned so much!!!  Thank you!!!!

— KMB

Awardsapalooza: CDG Masters Mentoring Panel Breakfast!

Marilyn Vance, Van Ramsey and Hope Hanafin

Marilyn Vance, Van Ramsey and Hope Hanafin

This morning, the Costume Designers Guild hosted a breakfast panel discussion with some of the winners, nominees and honorees of the 2009 CDG awards.  It was really great!  I am working on multimedia presentations to post here to Frocktalk, and I think they are going to be pretty great when they are finished.  For the record, my new favorite person is Michael O’Connor, costume designer of The Duchess.  He just might turn into your new favorite person, too!  Stay tuned for the multimedia posts in the coming week!  And thanks to Valerie Laven-Cooper and to Hope Hanafin for getting this event together – it was lovely!!!

–KMB



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