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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Interview: Mark Bridges – The Master

I am a very lucky girl to be able to bring you interviews like this one.  I sat down for breakfast with costume designer Mark Bridges yesterday, and have transcribed our conversation for you.  Please grab a cup of coffee and join us, won’t you?  Mark tells me all about The Master, his methodology, and merkins.  Yes, merkins.  I enjoyed this so much, I hope to bring you other breakfast-style interviews in the future.  Big thanks to Mark for joining me for some toad-in-the-hole and coffee – it was lovely, and very entertaining!  Please note that there are spoilers in this interview, so if you want to be surprised by the film, read this after you see it!  But if you can’t wait… read on~

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KPCC Interviews with Mark Bridges and Arianne Phillips

Hello Frocktalkers!  I hope you’re scraping the glitter off your skin from last night’s big parties and sobering up a little.  Frocktalker Laura sent me the link to this fabulous radio interview – KPCC’s Patt Morrison interviews nominee Arianne Phillips (W.E.) and Oscar-winner Mark Bridges (The Artist).  It’s really wonderful, and big thanks to KPCC for airing it.  It’s a great way to spread the word about the artistry of costumes in film!  LISTEN HERE!

– KMB

Awardsapalooza: The Oscars!

Congratulations to Mark Bridges, who just won the Academy Award for his outstanding work on The Artist!!!!  “I was just a kid from Niagara Falls, who dreamed, ate and slept movies, and so I want to thank the Academy for this honor, and for making a lifelong dream come true.  Thank you!”  Congratulations to Mark and his crew on this tremendous honor!!  Yeeehawwww!!!

– KMB

Awardsapalooza: The BAFTAs!!

Congratulations to Mark Bridges (and his costume team) on winning the BAFTA for outstanding costume design on THE ARTIST!  Party time, y’all!!!  Here we go – lots of awards ceremonies coming up.  Stay tuned for more updates and congrats again to Mark on this prestigious award!!

– KMB

The Artist: Interview With Designer Mark Bridges!!!

It’s been over eighty years since a silent film has won best picture, but 2012’s The Artist looks poised and ready for the honor.  This beautiful homage to filmmaking is stunning on many levels, especially the storytelling element of its costume design.  In this interview – which is PART 1 of 2 – costume designer Mark Bridges talks about his approach to the film, some of his sourcing, and his take on using fur on screen.  Read on, and stay tuned for PART 2 coming soon!!

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The Fighter: Interview With Designer Mark Bridges!

Costume Designer Mark Bridges has done some wonderful work in his career – Boogie Nights, anyone? – and he hits another home run with The Fighter.  Here he talks about high top Reeboks and Z. Cavaricci!

First, can you tell us about how this job came about for you?

I had worked with David (O. Russell, the director) before on I Heart Huckabees and had a great time. He asked me to do The Fighter.

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The Fighter

Release Date: 12-17-10

Review Date: 12-21-10

Running Time: 115 min.

Period: 1993

Costume Designer: Mark Bridges

Where to begin?! The Fighter is a great movie – there is not one false note to be found. Director David O. Russell has exercised great restraint and respect for the material in telling boxer Micky Ward’s story, and the result is breathtaking. The costumes are eloquent when the actors are silent – it’s like a trip in a time machine, to a very specific place and situation. I can’t say enough good things.

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