The Saboteur, video game by Pandemic. Costume designer: Kristin M. Burke
I’ve been doing a lot of research for the upcoming season of Sleepy Hollow, and I have to say – it’s giving me a lot of pause. I have spoken before at length about the difference between costume, wardrobe, fashion and all of that. Cliff’s Notes: We are not the fashion police, and please don’t refer to us as “Wardrobe”. At the end of the day, our work is about designing characters, and specifically the clothing that becomes the costume that tells the story about the character. Continue reading ‘Costume, Character, and Games.’
Review Date: 11-8-12
Release Date: 12-7-12
Runtime: 94 minutes
Costume Designer: Dinah Collin
Hyde Park on Hudson chronicles a time in American President Franklin Delano Roosevelt‘s life when he becomes intimately involved with his distant cousin Daisy. War looms in Europe, and the British Crown seeks his help. With King George VI and Queen Elizabeth coming for a visit, what to do about the mistress? FDR and Daisy’s relationship seems unlikely at best, however the costumes help to tell the story about class, privilege, status, and wealth.
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WWII photo - Cecil Beaton
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!
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.
Review Date: 1-17-10
Release Date: 11-13-09
Runtime: 112 min.
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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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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