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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Spotlight On: Costume Illustrator Phillip Boutte!

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Phillip Boutte is one of the hottest costume illustrators in town.  With a resume that includes box-office behemoths like Inception, Man of Steel, Twilight/Breaking Dawn, and Star Trek, his rise has been meteoric. We sat down to breakfast and ended up talking about everything from new rendering programs to racism in the media.  I really adore Phillip and am so excited to share this interview with you.  Grab a cup of coffee and join us, won’t you?

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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

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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