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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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

Downton Abbey is COMMMINNNNGGGG!!!!

I know.  My enthusiasm is ridiculous.  I love this show.  It begins again in the UK tomorrow, but we in the US of A are going to have to wait an entire, devastating, painful month before we can see it here.  UGH!!!  Frocktalker and friend Maggie pointed out this article HERE and wow, it has all of our engines revving.  BRING IT ON, DOWNTON ABBEY!!!

– KMB

Awardsapalooza 2012: Emmy Winners!

Congratulations to the 2012 Emmy winners for outstanding costumes!!  They are:

Outstanding costumes for a series:  Michele Clapton (costume designer), Chloe Aubry (assistant costume designer), Alex Fordham (assistant costume designer) GAME OF THRONES (HBO)

Outstanding costumes for a mini-series, movie or special: Annie Symons (costume designer), Yvonne Duckett (costume supervisor) GREAT EXPECTATIONS (Masterpiece) – PBS

It’s a good year for TV programs starting with the letter G.  Congratulations, everyone – Well done!!!!

– KMB

Behind the Scenes: COPPER

Eagle-eyed Frocktalker Laura sent me this link.  It’s really cool!  New series COPPER (airs Sunday, August 19th at 10PM on BBC America) has some amazing costumes – 1860s New York City – and you can learn more about them HERE!  I can’t wait to watch the show, and congrats to costume designer Delphine White for the great work!

– KMB

Dear Kristin: Need Work!

Dear Kristin,

I am an aspiring designer fresh out of grad school and getting started in the business. I’ve slowly had some work rolling in. I took a design job on a short film down in San Diego, and I booked a shopper job that pays a daily rate. I still have a bit of assistant work for the opera left, but that’s almost come to a close. I’m still looking for something to put me on set in LA though – even PA work for now would be okay. I’ve heard summer can be dry, but I can’t sit around that long; too much free time is never good right?! It’s just not my style to wait for work. Any advice?

Sonia L

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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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Silverlake Art/Craft/Vintage Sale this Saturday!

Hello, Frocktalkers!!  Just wanted to let you know that I will be selling my wares at the Silverlake Art/Craft/Vintage sale this Saturday (June 11) at the Micheltorena Street Elementary School, 1511 Micheltorena St., LA 90026. It starts at 10 AM, and there are going to be all kinds of vendors – new stuff, vintage stuff, and FOOD TRUCKS! It’s going to be fun, and I look forward to seeing you there!  I will have all kinds of things for you – handmade bags, pantyhampers, vegan cookbooks, jewelry, quilts – stop on by and say hello!  And thanks for your support!

– KMB

Tired, but still here.

Hello Frocktalkers! I think I am finally done with this show that has kept me busy all summer. It’s hard to have a life when you’re working – sixteen-hour days, exhausted on your days off – and I have missed updating you on all the interesting things going on here. There is a PLAY on now in North Hollywood celebrating Edith Head. There is a Star Trek exhibit on now in Riverside. AND, I want to let you know about a product placement hookup for filmmakers, stylists and TV shows: INSTANTLY FAMOUS! Now, have a good weekend and I will be back next week with more news!

– KMB

From Da Ali G Show to Da Gallery

From the Guy Hepner Gallery

From the Guy Hepner Gallery

From the LA Times comes a great article about an art show featuring the work of costume designer Jason Alper.  Alper is best known as the costume designer for Da Ali G Show, Borat and Bruno.  His satirical works are on display from April 17 – May 17 at the Guy Hepner Gallery, 300 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, CA.  Here’s the article from the LA Times – it sounds dope!  Respek!

— KMB

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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