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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22nd Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Gala at FIDM!

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Man of Steel Superman suit. Costume designers James Acheson and Michael Wilkinson.

Last night was the big opening gala for FIDM’s 22nd annual “Art of Motion Picture Costume Design” exhibition.  Frocktalk contributor Lauren Fonville and I tore it up – chatting with designers and ooh-ing and aah-ing over the many beautiful works of costume art on display. The exhibit showcased costumes from twenty-one films of 2013, as well as last year’s Oscar winner, ‘Anna Karenina’.

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Hey Los Angeles! LA Film Festival Starts Tomorrow, 6/13!!!

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Hey Frocktalkers – if you are in LA, don’t miss this opportunity to see some really cool stuff!!! The LA Film Festival runs from June 13 – 23, and it’s kind of a big deal around town.  On June 20, the LA Film Festival and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have teamed up to bring you an amazing panel discussion about costume design called THE ICONIC MOMENT moderated by Laura Dern.  Included in the panel are costume designers Colleen Atwood (Snow White & The Huntsman, Alice in Wonderland, Memoirs of a Geisha), Mark Bridges (The Artist, Silver Linings Playbook, Boogie Nights), Jeffrey Kurland (Inception, Erin Brockovich, Ocean’s Eleven), and Ellen Mirojnick (Behind the Candelabra, Wall Street, Basic Instinct). This is one of those events you just don’t want to miss.  Tickets available at the LAFF Website.  Also, side note in a shamelessly self-promoting kind of way – two films that I designed are going to be showing at the LAFF:  Winter in the Blood and The Conjuring.  Check it out and see you there!!

 

– KMB

Vacation, All I Ever Wanted!

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It’s that time of year, Frocktalkers – VACATION!!  I have some friends coming to town with children, and they were asking me what kinds of things they should do if they wanted the “Hollywood Experience”.  What follows is a little list.  I’ve also added some “non-Hollywood” things to see here, as well.  I hope that it proves helpful and that you have a wonderful time in our beautiful city!!

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Hunger Games Story/LA Times: They’re COSTUMES, Not Fashion.

While it pains me to have mainstream media refer to costumes from film as FASHION, I am passing this link along to all of you because the interview with costume designer Judianna Makovsky is very interesting.  Her work on The Hunger Games looks beautiful, but for Pete’s sake, LA Times… we create characters with COSTUMES, not fashion.  Don’t make me come over there and lecture you.  Read the article HERE!

– KMB

19th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Opening Gala!

It’s that time of year, Frocktalkers!  FIDM hosted the fabulous Art of Motion Picture Costume Design gala last night, and I sent two intrepid reporters, Kim and Hannah, to cover it!  I am hearing reports of interviews with major Academy-Award-winning designers, and I am starting to receive tons of pictures from the event.  All will be posted soon!  Stay tuned for juicy photos and interviews!!  Here are the first of the pictures!!!  Enjoy!!!  Big thanks to Kim Ngo and Hannah Greene for covering the event in my absence!!

– KMB

Shameless Self-Promotion: Dark and Stormy Night!

Daniel Roebuck, Jennifer Blaire, Faye Masterson and Dan Conroy in Dark and Stormy Night

Ladies and gentlemen, Frocktalkers of all ages!  Please come and see the fabulous film called Dark and Stormy Night!  Directed by the world-renowned genius, Larry Blamire!  Starring a cast of aces!  It’s a riot!  It’s hilarious!  Fabulous costumes (wink, wink)!!! Appropriate for human beings 7 years and older!!!  In beautiful black and white!  And screening in Los Angeles at the New Beverly Cinema!!!!

Showtimes:  Sunday, July 25 at 5:40PM and 9:20 PM; Monday, July 26 at 9:20 PM; Wednesday, July 28 at 7:30 PM and Thursday, July 29 at 7:30

New Beverly Cinema:  7165 West Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036 (one block west of La Brea)  (323) 938-4038

— KMB

Tim Burton: The Exhibition – on tour!

That’s right – the artwork, sketches, and general genius of Tim Burton are making their way around our globe, thanks in part to New York’s MOMA and exhibit curators Ron Magliozzi, Jenny He and Rajendra Roy.  Next stop: Australia!  The exhibit opens today at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) in Melbourne.  The exhibit will come to Toronto’s Bell Lightbox at the Toronto Film Festival on September 12 (to coincide with the Toronto Film Festival).  And then… Los Angeles!  LACMA will host the exhibit from May 29, 2011 to October 31, 2011; wouldn’t Jack Skellington be proud!?!  More info from the LA Times HERE!

– KMB

LA Times Coverage of FIDM’s Costume Exhibit

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The Young Victoria

Frocktalk tipster Judith pointed out this lovely article from today’s LA Times.  It features interviews with two Academy-Award-nominated costume designers, Sandy Powell (The Young Victoria) and Colleen Atwood (Nine).  You can read it HERE!

— KMB

Awardsapalooza 2009/2010: 18th Annual FIDM Event!

Good news!  Good news!  Here at Frocktalk, we just received the all-clear from FIDM to report on the 18th annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design opening.  We will be providing wall-to-wall coverage of the festivities with several roving reporters and photographers, so if you see us coming, smile and say CHEESE!  We are all really getting excited about this event.  However, the big question remains:  WHAT TO WEAR?!?!  Stand by!

— KMB

Frocktalk Spooktacular!

It’s the week of Halloween, and here at Frocktalk, that’s like your birthday and New Year’s Eve combined. Oh, the excitement, the hand-wringing, the butterflies-in-the-stomach, the aching to leap out into the world, transformed by COSTUME! To celebrate, I have a very special (Halloween themed!) dueling banjos review with Chris from Clothes on Film that I will post later in the week, but for now, I am going to offer up some Halloween costume resources for those of you who are, at the moment, costume-less…

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