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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HOLLYWOOD COSTUME is Coming to LA!!

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EXPANDED FINAL TOUR OF COSTUME DESIGN EXHIBITION ARRIVES OCTOBER 2

Featuring costumes from The Hunger GamesDjango UnchainedThe Wizard of Oz and more

On view October 2, 2014 – March 2, 2015

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – This fall the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present the final showing of the groundbreaking multimedia exhibition Hollywood Costume in the historic Wilshire May Company building, the future location of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, at Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles. Organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A), this ticketed exhibition explores the central role of costume design – from the glamorous to the very subtle – as an essential tool of cinematic storytelling.

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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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FIDM Art of Motion Picture Costume Design 2013

Ravenna's "Beetle" costume from Snow White and the Huntsman - designed by Colleen Atwood

Ravenna's "Beetle" costume from Snow White and the Huntsman - designed by Colleen Atwood

Well, Frocktalkers, the big annual FIDM Art of Motion Picture Costume Design event was tonight! I’ve taken a bunch of pictures for those of you out-of-towners who can’t see it in person. However, if you ARE in town, you should really see it for yourself. It’s pretty awesome. It runs until the 27th April! Here’s the gallery:

Set #1

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Set #2

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Set #3

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– KMB

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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Talking with Meghan Hansen, FIDM Registrar

Frocktalk reporters Kim Ngo and Hannah Greene spoke with FIDM’s Registrar Meghan Hansen at the big Art of Motion Picture Costume Design gala.  Meghan is the one responsible for the installation of this beautiful exhibition, and here’s what she had to say!

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Talking With Colleen Atwood, Costume Legend

Frocktalk reporters Hannah Greene, Kim Ngo, and Alice in Wonderland costume designer Colleen Atwood

Frocktalk reporters Hannah Greene, Kim Ngo, and Alice in Wonderland costume designer Colleen Atwood

Frocktalk reporter Kim Ngo can live the rest of her life a fulfilled woman after talking with Colleen Atwood at the 19th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design opening night gala at FIDM last weekend.  Hear what the Academy Award winner had to say after the jump!

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From FIDM’s Museum Blog: Interview with Coraline costume designer Deborah Cook!

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This is really cool, guys – check out the FIDM Museum Blog – it’s awesome!

— KMB

More Photos from the FIDM Motion Picture Costume Exhibit!

Frocktalk reporter Hannah Greene hams it up at the FIDM event.

Frocktalk reporter Hannah Greene hams it up at the FIDM event.

Intrepid Frocktalk correspondent Hannah Greene has uploaded more photos from the event.  You can see them HERE.  Hannah’s photos include some great shots of the costumes from The Dutchess and Bright Star, so have a look, and enjoy!

— KMB

FIDM’s 18th Annual Art of Costume Design Event Photos

Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are

Oh, what a night!!  Really, it was so amazing to see everyone, all the costumes, talk shop with some of the world’s best costume designers… I am at a loss for words.  So instead, I will just show you some photos.  As I may have mentioned earlier, there were SIX Frocktalk reporters there last night, so we have wall-to-wall coverage, and I will be posting periodically throughout the week.  Here, for your review, are the first photos.  Enjoy!

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GALLERY 3

GALLERY 4

— KMB

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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