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! **
Frocktalker Elisabeth sent me this interesting link from Talenthouse – it’s an interview with costume designers Janie Bryant (Mad Men), Lou Eyrich (Glee), Eric Daman (Gossip Girl) and John Dunn (Boardwalk Empire) about how they got started and what their lives are like in this business. Check it out HERE, and have a great week ahead, everyone!
Hey there, Frocktalkers! I was able to shoot (grainy, poor-quality) video of the acceptance speeches, tribute speeches, etc., and I thought you might like to see (hear) them! Really, these are more for the words than for the pictures. It was such a lovely night, and I am excited to share it with you! Read on!
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.
Frocktalk reporters Anthony and Sarah interviewed GLEE’s costume designer Lou Eyrich on the red carpet at the CDG Awards – she gives them sage advice, and she even remembers a very special BG extra she helped dress. AND she won the CDG Award for Glee later that evening! Congrats, Lou!
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