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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George Mitchell: Cussing Like a Sailor on Shore Leave

Bradley Laise as Amy Winhouse on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.  Costume designed by George Mitchell.

Bradley Laise as Amy Winehouse on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Costume designed by George Mitchell.

We (literally) ran into the charming and jovial George Mitchell in the food tent at the FIDM Art of Motion Picture Costume Design event! George is currently designing The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and we asked him what he thought of the FIDM costume exhibit!

FT: So what did you think, George?

GM: Overall, I liked the exhibit. I thought it was well presented. As usual the “true” period work, like Young Victoria, is probably going to walk away with all the awards because people don’t think 1930s, ’40s, ’50s is “period”. If you really think about what wins, it’s usually an older-period picture. Same thing with the Emmys; the shows that get the attention are the things set in the 1800s. Most people see something modern and they’re not going to think “Oh, wow! That’s really designed!” And that’s one of the problems.

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LA Times Coverage of FIDM’s Costume Exhibit

The Young Victoria

The Young Victoria

Frocktalk tipster Judith pointed out this lovely article from today’s LA Times.  It features interviews with two Academy-Award-nominated costume designers, Sandy Powell (The Young Victoria) and Colleen Atwood (Nine).  You can read it HERE!

— 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!

GALLERY 1

GALLERY 2

GALLERY 3

GALLERY 4

— KMB

Awardsapalooza 2009/10: The Academy Award Nominations!

Good morning, Frocktalkers!  The Academy Award nominations have been announced, and the following films have been nominated for excellence in costume design:

Bright Star – Janet Patterson
Coco Before Chanel – Catherine Leterrier
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus – Monique Prudhomme
Nine – Colleen Atwood
The Young Victoria – Sandy Powell

Congratulations to the nominees!  The Academy Awards take place on Sunday, March 7, 2010.  Stay tuned!

— KMB

Awardsapalooza: The BAFTAS, Stage 1

Round one of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ nods is in. There are three rounds of voting. What follows is the “long list”, a list of fifteen contenders for the BAFTA. From there, a second vote will whittle the list to five nominees. Final voting will pick the winner in the category. For costume design, the following films are on the “long list” (note: BAFTA did not list the names of the costume designers – I added them here and linked to their imdB profile):

Avatar Deborah Scott and Mayes C. Rubeo
Bright Star Janet Patterson
Coco Before ChanelCatherine Leterrier
District 9Dianna Cilliers
An Education Odile Dicks-Mireaux
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceJany Temime
The Imaginarium of Doctor ParnassusMonique Prudhomme
Inglourious Basterds Anna B. Sheppard
Me and Orson WellesNic Ede
NineColleen Atwood
Nowhere BoyJulian Day
Sherlock HolmesJenny Beavan
A Single ManArianne Phillips
Star TrekMichael Kaplan
The Young VictoriaSandy Powell

Congrats to the “long listers”!!! Stay tuned for round two.

— KMB



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