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! **
Sandy Powell won the Academy Award last night for her work on The Young Victoria. In her acceptance speech, she graciously offered her award to all of us costume designers who do contemporary films, or films of a lower budget, films that do not often get the recognition they deserve. It was a very thoughtful gesture! To honor Sandy’s achievement (last night was her THIRD Oscar win), here is an interview from the CDG Awards. Anthony and Sarah spent some time talking with Mizz Powell, and she gives some sound advice.
Frocktalk tipster Judith pointed out this lovely article from today’s LA Times. It features interviews with two Academy-Award-nominated costume designers, Sandy Powell (The Young Victoria) and Colleen Atwood (Nine). You can read it HERE!
Oh, what a night!! Really, it was so amazing to see everyone, all the costumes, talk shop with some of the world’s best costume designers… I am at a loss for words. So instead, I will just show you some photos. As I may have mentioned earlier, there were SIX Frocktalk reporters there last night, so we have wall-to-wall coverage, and I will be posting periodically throughout the week. Here, for your review, are the first photos. Enjoy!
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):