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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Off to See the Wizard!!

Frocktalkers, it’s an exciting day! My bags are packed and I’m out the door, headed to London for the big opening of the V & A exhibit. I will be posting updates and pictures on Twitter, so please take a look @Frocktalk – it’s going to be crazy! I can’t wait to share the experience with you. If you have any specific requests for photos, just send me an email at frocktalk@gmail.com or send me a DM on Twitter and I will do my best to get them for you! I will also be visiting the Cecil Beaton exhibit and Angel’s costume house!  So excited!!!  Stay tuned for more details, and please check @Frocktalk on Twitter for updates – I won’t be able to post here on Frocktalk until I return!  Have a good week, everyone!

– KMB

The Master

Review Date: 9-16-12

Release Date: 9-21-12

Runtime: 137 minutes

Period: Post-WWII – 1950

Costume Designer: Mark Bridges

Paul Thomas Anderson is known for boundary-pushing films: Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Punch-Drunk Love, There Will Be Blood… and he doesn’t just push, but rather he shoves The Master into uncharted territory. This is a film so raw, it bleeds. The performances will make your heart skip a beat. The plot reveals itself in bursts, like a puzzle of sorts. In the press, cast and crew have denied that this film is about Scientology. However, after viewing the film, it appears to be a poem composed in elegiac vignettes related to L. Ron Hubbard, the religion he founded, and the people who were central to his purpose.

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Cecil Beaton Photos from WWII on Display in London!

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WWII photo - Cecil Beaton

Oh, Frocktalkers – what a find this is.  Cecil Beaton was an Academy Award-winning costume designer (Gigi – 1958, and My Fair Lady – 1964), but before he was a costume designer, he was a photographer.  And WHAT a photographer.  WOW.  His impressive photographs from WWII Britain are now on display at the Imperial War Museum in London.  The exhibition runs from 9/6/12 to 1/1/13.  So look – if you travel to London to see the amazing Hollywood Costumes exhibit at the V & A between October – January, you can stop by and see Beaton’s work at the IWM in the same trip.  It’s a win-win!!  I hope that they publish a book of his photos, because they are great research pieces.  Absolutely stunning.  More information HERE and nice article with photos HERE!

– KMB

Follow @Frocktalk on Twitter!!

Frocktalkers, it is certainly a sign of the apocalypse:  I have taken to Twitter.  I have no idea what I’m doing, or even how to use a hashtag, but come watch me flame out and crash on social media in real time!  I will be tweeting pictures of costumes, my handsome dog, and other beautiful objects I see that are somehow related to costumes.  Today’s adventure – a trip to the Sony Plaza lobby, where (who knew?!) they have a huge display of costumes from various movies over the years.  Check it out @Frocktalk, and be very afraid – I have no idea how to work this thing!!!!

– KMB

2012 Art of Television Costume Design Opening!

Costumes of Downton Abbey, designed by Susannah Buxton

Costumes of Downton Abbey, designed by Susannah Buxton

It was a great night last night, Frocktalkers!  The 6th Annual Art of Television Costume Design exhibit opened at FIDM, and it was beautiful.  The exhibit opens to the public on Tuesday, July 31st, and runs until October 20th.  Represented in the exhibit are Emmy nominees Boardwalk Empire, American Horror Story, Once Upon a Time, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones and many more!  I took photos of all the costumes on exhibit and posted them on my photostream HERE for those of you who are out of town.  However, if you are in LA, you really ought to swing by.  It’s free, and it’s an awesome display of talent.  Congrats to everyone involved in making this happen!!!

Art of Television Costume Design Exhibit at FIDM:  919 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA  90015.  Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10A – 5P.  Exhibit runs 7/31/12 – 10/20/12.

– KMB

Snow White and the Huntsman

Review Date: 5-29-12

Release Date: 6-1-12

Runtime: 127 minutes

Period: Vaguely Medieval

Costume Designer: Colleen Atwood

Some stories are so good that they just need to be reinterpreted every once in a while. It is therefore no surprise that Snow White has had countless incarnations over the years. The flavor of the latest go-round, Snow White and the Huntsman, is distinctly dark and scary – miles away from the sweet, frothy cartoons and singing birds that have come before. This film is fertile ground for social commentary, and if you are a university-level Women’s Studies major needing material for a thesis, look no further. This is a post-feminist, apocalyptic Snow White, complete with a villain oozing misandry. Sound intriguing?

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Fitting Pictures Save Reputations!!!

Fitting pictures: not just for work anymore!!  In the case of John Travolta, fitting pictures from his new project Killing Season may shoot down any chance of Lawsuit #1 from ever seeing the light of day.  Among other things, Lawsuit #1 alleges that Travolta was in Los Angeles on January 16, 2012.  But thanks to some time-and-date-stamped fitting photos from the film, with additional backup witnesses of costume designer Denise Wingate and her crew, the allegation proves to be totally untrue.  Costume department saves the day!  Thanks, Denise, for showing these opportunistic bottom-feeders how beautiful fitting photos can be.  See articles about the fitting photos HERE and HERE. Keep up the good work!

– KMB

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo: Interview with Designer Trish Summerville!

Happy 2012, Frocktalkers! I am delighted to be able to share some insight with you from the costume designer of David Fincher’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Trish Summerville! Fresh from the launch of the movie as well as the launch of The Dragon Tattoo Collection (exclusively at retailer H & M), Ms. Summerville tells us all about her experience making the film in Sweden, and why she didn’t sample the reindeer meatballs… read on!!

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Jane Eyre: Interview with Designer Michael O’Connor!

Check it out, Frocktalkers – I have an interview for you with costume designer Michael O’Connor about his work on Jane Eyre.  He shares his own sketches, and gives details on how the ideas for these costumes took shape, and – most important to me – what it was like to work with Michael Fassbender!!!  OooOoOooh!  Read on!!

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