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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From Deadline.com: Conversations with Costume Oscar Nominees

Saw this today and thought it is worth passing along to you – Monica Corcoran for Deadline talked with the Oscar nominees about their work and how they might redesign the Oscar statuette!  Read the article HERE!

– KMB

Awardsapalooza 2012: Oscar Nominations!!

Good morning, Frocktalkers!!  With a drum roll please, here are 2012’s nominees for outstanding achievement in costume design:

Anonymous – Lisy Christl

The Artist – Mark Bridges

Hugo – Andy Powell

Jane Eyre – Michael O’Connor

W.E. – Arianne Phillips

Congratulations, everyone!!!  The awards air live on ABC on February 26 – stand by for more coverage of the event!!  Congrats to all of the costume designers and their crews, and have a great week!

– KMB

Awardsapalooza 2012: BAFTA Nominations announced!

Congratulations to the 2012 BAFTA nominees for Outstanding Costume Design!  They are:


THE ARTIST Mark Bridges
HUGO Sandy Powell
JANE EYRE Michael O’Connor
MY WEEK WITH MARILYN Jill Taylor
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY Jacqueline Durran

The awards ceremony is scheduled for February 12, 2012 – stay tuned for more information, and congratulations to all of the designers and crew honored by these nominations!!

– 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

Awardsapalooza: BAFTA Winner Announced!

This just in – Michael O’Connor has picked up the BAFTA for Best Costume Design for his stunning work on The Duchess.  Congratulations to all who worked their buns off in the costume department – it is a huge honor!!  The film is really great, and I highly recommend it.  Our friend Maggie over at The Costumer’s Guide has more information (and more pictures) than you can imagine!  Enjoy and congratulations again to Michael O’Connor and his crew on this huge achievement!

— KMB



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