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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2011 CDG Awards – Video and pictures

Lou Eyrich, Contemporary TV winner for GLEE

Lou Eyrich, Contemporary TV winner for GLEE

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!

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Talking With Costume Designer Mona May

Mona May (R) with Robert Morgan

Mona May (R) with Robert Morgan

Hannah Greene and Kim Ngo caught up with costume designer Mona May at FIDM’s 19th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design opening gala.  Among other things, they talk about the costume designer’s role in the greater collaboration of filmmaking.  Enjoy!

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Mona May: You Have to be Bold

Costume Designer Mona May

Costume Designer Mona May

Roving Frocktalk reporters Anthony Tran, Laura Wong, and JoAnn Orr met up with fabulous costume designer Mona May at the 18th Annual FIDM Art of Motion Picture Costume Design event. As part of our UCLA Costume Design for Film class, they all studied Enchanted and wrote papers about the costume design. Here, they meet the designer, the lady with the answers to all of their questions. To say they were agog upon meeting her is perhaps putting it too lightly.  They were thunderstruck.

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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



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