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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Les Misérables

Review Date: 12-4-12

Release Date: 12-25-12 (USA)

Runtime: 157 minutes

Period: 1815 – 1832, France

Costume Designer: Paco Delgado

Most of us who work in the entertainment industry have seen at least one stage production of Les Misérables in our lives. To miss this musical theater opus would be like not seeing ET or Star Wars; it’s that big of a deal. Les Miz (as it is colloquially called) was first introduced to the stage in the form of a musical in the 1980s. It was a sensation. The music is haunting, the story is relatable, and it packs an emotional wallop. It is no surprise, then, that the current movie version of the musical does the same.

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Awardsapalooza 2012: BAFTA Nominations announced!

Congratulations to the 2012 BAFTA nominees for Outstanding Costume Design!  They are:


THE ARTIST Mark Bridges
HUGO Sandy Powell
JANE EYRE Michael O’Connor
MY WEEK WITH MARILYN Jill Taylor
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY Jacqueline Durran

The awards ceremony is scheduled for February 12, 2012 – stay tuned for more information, and congratulations to all of the designers and crew honored by these nominations!!

– KMB

Restrepo

Restrepo is a documentary, so it doesn’t exactly have costumes, but Frocktalkers, you need to see it.  Restrepo speaks to the reality of war, and it is powerful.  Years from now, we will be making movies – narrative feature movies and TV series – about the war in Afghanistan, and Restrepo will be the go-to movie for costume and art department research.  The film was shot by two men, journalists Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington (RIP), and it is a real-time thrill ride.  We see real soldiers in real life, and it doesn’t get any better, more gritty, or more heart-wrenching, than this. Please take a moment to see this compelling film.  You will never look at a member of the armed forces the same way.

– KMB

The Messenger

Review Date: 1-17-10

Release Date: 11-13-09

Runtime: 112 min.

Period: contemporary

Costume Designer: Catherine George

The military calls them the “Casualty Notification Team”, but in reality they are the messengers for the angel of death. The Messenger is a window into their grim world. They can provide good news for no one. They know that their very presence turns stomachs and causes anxiety. While wearing other clothes, they can disappear, anonymous. However, once the dress uniforms are on, there is no mistaking their purpose. This is a remarkable film about loss, grief and redemption, and is without question one of the year’s best films.

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Updates! The Hurt Locker and Thanking Our Troops.

A few weeks ago, I published a mini-review of The Hurt Locker. It’s a gripping, moving film about US Army bomb technicians in the early days of the Iraq war. In the review, I mused about what one might be able to do to support our men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan. Irrespective of our individual politics and feelings about these wars, our soldiers are in harm’s way and we should do what we can to support them. Frocktalk tipster Janet provided the website http://anysoldier.com, and wow – what a great idea!

Anysoldier.com connects soldiers with civilians. Civilians can send care packages to our troops abroad. Soldiers volunteer to be distributors of the care packages, and Anysoldier.com gives the civilian the mailing address of this volunteer soldier. The volunteers indicate a “wish list” – usually including things like magazines, books, personal hygiene items, DVDs, games, American candy, powdered hot cocoa mix, hand-warmers, Tupperware, sheets for twin beds, dryer sheets, baby wipes… the lists vary from platoon to platoon. You, as the civilian, can send packages to the soldiers via their APO addresses (all branches of the armed services are represented). It’s a pretty great program; check it out! The troops will thank you!

— KMB

Holiday Potpourri: Superman Returns, Elf, Avatar, Hurt Locker

So, I have seen a lot of movies lately, and would like to give some shout outs for work well done. First: Superman Returns. I know, it came out in 2006. I saw it in the theaters then, but that was pre-Frocktalk, and I just saw it again today. Louise Mingenbach – awesome job, dude. The costumes were lovely.

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Cool Costume Alert! Seen at Western!!

 

One of my Frocktalk spies came upon these fabulous costumes in the return rack at Western Costume.  Aren’t they AWESOME?!  Evidently these were used in a play in London.  I can’t seem to get the back story as to who designed them, or what play it was, but they appear to be of a vague Napoleonesque vibe.  How cool that they colored this fabric with MARKERS to get the texture??  My spy tells me that the fabric is a heavy canvas, almost a cotton duck, and that all of the buttons, embellishments, etc., are drawn in with markers.  Inspired!!!

More pictures after the jump…

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