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.
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EXPANDED FINAL TOUR OF COSTUME DESIGN EXHIBITION ARRIVES OCTOBER 2
Featuring costumes from The Hunger Games, Django Unchained, The Wizard of Oz and more
On view October 2, 2014 – March 2, 2015
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – This fall the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present the final showing of the groundbreaking multimedia exhibition Hollywood Costume in the historic Wilshire May Company building, the future location of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, at Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles. Organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A), this ticketed exhibition explores the central role of costume design – from the glamorous to the very subtle – as an essential tool of cinematic storytelling.
I’m finally back at home and settled in after a fabulous and unforgettable visit to Europe.I am so grateful to have been able to make this trip.I feel so lucky to have been able to be a part of the Hollywood Costume celebration at the Victoria and Albert museum; I don’t even know where to begin.London, V & A, Deborah Landis, David C. Copley – a million thank yous would never be enough.This exhibit at the V & A marks a new chapter in costume design.We are officially on the map, if you ever missed us before.
Frocktalkers, it’s an exciting day!My bags are packed and I’m out the door, headed to London for the big opening of the V & A exhibit.I will be posting updates and pictures on Twitter, so please take a look @Frocktalk – it’s going to be crazy!I can’t wait to share the experience with you.If you have any specific requests for photos, just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or send me a DM on Twitter and I will do my best to get them for you! I will also be visiting the Cecil Beaton exhibit and Angel’s costume house! So excited!!! Stay tuned for more details, and please check @Frocktalk on Twitter for updates – I won’t be able to post here on Frocktalk until I return! Have a good week, everyone!
Oh, Frocktalkers – what a find this is. Cecil Beaton was an Academy Award-winning costume designer (Gigi – 1958, and My Fair Lady – 1964), but before he was a costume designer, he was a photographer. And WHAT a photographer. WOW. His impressive photographs from WWII Britain are now on display at the Imperial War Museum in London. The exhibition runs from 9/6/12 to 1/1/13. So look – if you travel to London to see the amazing Hollywood Costumes exhibit at the V & A between October – January, you can stop by and see Beaton’s work at the IWM in the same trip. It’s a win-win!! I hope that they publish a book of his photos, because they are great research pieces. Absolutely stunning. More information HERE and nice article with photos HERE!
Frocktalkers, mark your calendars and cash in your frequent flyer miles!! On October 20 of this year, the world-renowned Victoria and Albert museum in London is opening an exhibit of Hollywood costumes, and it is sure to be jaw-dropping!! Yes, Dorothy’s gingham dress will be there. Yes, Scarlett O’Hara’s velvet curtain dress will be there. And yes, YOU should be there to see it all. Think about calling it a “business trip” and writing it off on your taxes! I mean, it IS about work, after all! Read more HERE and HERE! Get excited, people – this is going to be EPIC! The exhibit is being curated by costume designer/legend Deborah Nadoolman Landis (Raiders of the Lost Ark) so as you can probably imagine it’s going to be off the hook!! I can’t wait. I am booking my ticket tonight!!!
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.
Congratulations to Sandy Powell on her BAFTA win for The Young Victoria! This is a great kickoff to the next few weeks for Powell, who returns to LA to receive the Lacoste Career Achievement in Film award at the CDG awards event on Thursday, and then attends the Oscars the following week. Congratulations to Sandy and her Young Victoria crew – and good luck with the rest of awards season!
I ran into the lovely and talented Anna Wyckoff at the FIDM event, and she told me aboutthis interview she conducted with Sandy Powell (The Young Victoria). It’s posted on the Costume Designers Guild website, and it is a great one!! Good job, Anna!