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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Awardsapalooza: Primetime Emmy Nominations 2014!

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This morning brought us great news of Emmy nominations for outstanding costume design in the realm of television!  Without further ado, here are this year’s Primetime Emmy costume nominees:

OUTSTANDING COSTUMES FOR A SERIES

Boardwalk Empire: HBO

John Dunn, Costume Designer; Lisa Padovani, Costume Designer; Joseph La Corte, Costume Supervisor

Downton Abbey: PBS

Caroline McCall, Costume Designer; Heather Leat, Costume Supervisor; Poli Kyriacou, Assistant Costume Designer

Game of Thrones: HBO

Michele Clapton, Costume Designer; Sheena Wichary, Costume Supervisor; Alexander Fordham, Assistant Costume Designer; Nina Ayres, Assistant Costume Designer

Mad Men: AMC

Janie Bryant, Costume Designer; Tiffany White Stanton, Costume Designer; Stacy Horn, Costume Supervisor

Once Upon a Time: ABC

Eduardo Castro, Costume Designer; Monique McRae, Assistant Costume Designer

OUTSTANDING COSTUMES FOR MINISERIES, MOVIE OR A SPECIAL

American Horror Story – Coven: FX

Lou Eyrich, Costume Designer; Elizabeth Macey, Costume Supervisor; Ken Van Duyne, Assistant Costume Designer

House of Versace: Lifetime

Clair Nadon, Costume Designer; Nicole Magny, Assistant Costume Designer

Sherlock – His Last Vow (Masterpiece): PBS

Sarah Arthur, Costume Designer; Ceri Walford, Costume Supervisor

The Normal Heart: HBO

Daniel Orlandi, Costume Designer; Gail A. Fitzgibbons, Costume Supervisor; Hartsell Taylor, Costume Supervisor; Maria Tortu, Assistant Costume Designer

The White Queen: Starz

Nic Ede, Costume Designer; Raissa Hans, Costume Supervisor; Elizabeth Healy, Assistant Costume Designer

Congratulations to all of these costume teams for their outstanding work!  It’s party time!!!!  The Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony will be on Saturday, August 16th at 4P Pacific.  Not sure when it will be broadcast at the moment, but stay tuned for the Emmy Awards, broadcast live from the Nokia Theater on August 25, 2014 at 8P Eastern/5P Pacific on NBC!

– KMB

Sleepy Hollow: Ask the Costume Department, Part 3

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Hello Frocktalkers and Sleepyheads!  Seeing as the season finale of Sleepy Hollow is upon us – TOMORROW NIGHT (1/20/14) at 8PM on FOX – I thought I might do one last quick “Ask the Costume Department” segment from your questions on Twitter.  Thank you so much for watching the show.  We worked so hard on it, and it’s so nice to hear from all of you.  Here we go:

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Susannah Buxton Talks “Downton Abbey”, and In Other News, My Head Explodes!

I don’t need to remind you how much I love this show, and how eagerly we are ALL anticipating the next round of Downton Abbey here in the US.  Here is a brilliant article to get you salivating.  Susannah Buxton spoke at the V & A about her work – and MAN, it’s excellent! Thanks to DTSFT for the writeup!!

– KMB

Game of Thrones Interview: LA Times!

Hey there Frocktalkers – here is a very interesting article from the LA Times with costume designer Michele Clapton about her work on HBO’s Game of Thrones.  My takeaway from this:  They WEAVE THEIR OWN FABRIC on their own LOOM.  Intrigued yet?  Read the article HERE!

– KMB

Sarah’s Key

Review Date: 7-17-2011

Release Date: USA 7-22-2011

Runtime: 111 min.

Period: 1942 – 2011

Costume Designer: Eric Perron

I saw this film at LA’s Museum of Tolerance, in a screening followed by a Q & A with the director, and all I can say is WOW. Many of you may have already read the novel of the same name by Tatiana de Rosnay. The film is an adept adaptation of the novel, and it does not disappoint!!

For those of you who have not read the novel, but want to see the film, do not read past the jump, as there are major spoilers involved. Instead, take my word for it – the film is beautiful, and is appropriate for viewers 12 years old and up. The story is an important, though seldom discussed, part of French history, and it is a compelling story about family and compassion.

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Primetime Emmy Nominations Announced!

Good morning, Frocktalkers!  Emmy nominations are out, and you can read all of the costume-related nods after the jump!!  Congrats to all!!!

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April Ferry: A Positive Outlook Goes A Long Way

The delightful and talented April Ferry

The delightful and talented costume designer April Ferry

by Sarah Schuessler, special correspondent to Frocktalk.com

It is illuminating to hear about any costume designer’s process, but it’s especially exciting when you are a fan of the project too. HBO’s Rome is a favorite of mine, and I had the privilege of chatting with its lovely designer, April Ferry, about her experience.

AF: Rome was not only my favorite project I’ve ever done, it is my favorite work I’ve ever done, actually. I’ve done more than forty movies. And even though I only mostly do features, Rome was just—because I got to do it from the ground up. We did the research; we did everything. We made every single costume.

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GLEE

Network: FOX

Airdates/times: Wednesday Nights, 9PM

Costume Designer: Lou Eyrich

When I started Frocktalk, I wanted to keep my focus on feature films. It’s easier to break them down, get pictures, and re-watch scenes if I need to analyze something further. Television is much more ephemeral – the show airs once, and you’d better watch carefully unless you have TiVo. Try getting pictures (stills) of a TV show off of your TV. It’s impossible. When I saw Glee, I thought I needed to write about it here, because the costumes are outstanding.

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