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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Halloween 2013!

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It’s that magical, special time of year, Frocktalkers!  Halloween is almost upon us.  My email inbox is starting to fill up with requests and questions, so I thought I might just cut to the chase with a list of costumes for 2013 that are sure to be a hit at your workplace, party, or trick-or-treating adventure.  In case this is not enough for you, you can see previous years’ lists HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. Get your credit cards ready, because I have purchasing links and everything.  And none of it has anything to do with looking like a slut-bag and sacrificing your dignity on some kind of man-made Whoreloween altar.  Here we go:

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FIDM Art of Motion Picture Costume Design 2013

Ravenna's "Beetle" costume from Snow White and the Huntsman - designed by Colleen Atwood

Ravenna's "Beetle" costume from Snow White and the Huntsman - designed by Colleen Atwood

Well, Frocktalkers, the big annual FIDM Art of Motion Picture Costume Design event was tonight! I’ve taken a bunch of pictures for those of you out-of-towners who can’t see it in person. However, if you ARE in town, you should really see it for yourself. It’s pretty awesome. It runs until the 27th April! Here’s the gallery:

Set #1

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Set #2

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Set #3

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– KMB

Blancanieves

Review Date: 12-23-12

Release Date:

Runtime: 104 minutes

Period: 1920s-ish, Spain

Costume Designer: Paco Delgado

Okay, if you think that Les Misérables has great costumes, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Paco Delgado, the designer of Les Mis, hits a homerun with the silent, black-and-white (Spanish) adaptation of the Snow White story, Blancanieves. Let’s put it this way – his is the first in the main title credits. That says something. This is masterful work, and for me, his breathtaking work on Les Mis pales in comparison to his absolutely genius work in Blancanieves.

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Behind the Scenes: COPPER

Eagle-eyed Frocktalker Laura sent me this link.  It’s really cool!  New series COPPER (airs Sunday, August 19th at 10PM on BBC America) has some amazing costumes – 1860s New York City – and you can learn more about them HERE!  I can’t wait to watch the show, and congrats to costume designer Delphine White for the great work!

– KMB

Snow White and the Huntsman

Review Date: 5-29-12

Release Date: 6-1-12

Runtime: 127 minutes

Period: Vaguely Medieval

Costume Designer: Colleen Atwood

Some stories are so good that they just need to be reinterpreted every once in a while. It is therefore no surprise that Snow White has had countless incarnations over the years. The flavor of the latest go-round, Snow White and the Huntsman, is distinctly dark and scary – miles away from the sweet, frothy cartoons and singing birds that have come before. This film is fertile ground for social commentary, and if you are a university-level Women’s Studies major needing material for a thesis, look no further. This is a post-feminist, apocalyptic Snow White, complete with a villain oozing misandry. Sound intriguing?

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HSN to Showcase Costume Designer Colleen Atwood’s Work on Snow White and the Huntsman!

Happy Tuesday, Frocktalkers – I am finally home after a long and sometimes grueling 3+ month job out of town, and it is good to be back.  I saw this in the LA Times, and thought it was very interesting.  Colleen Atwood is launching a line of clothing for sale on HSN inspired by her designs in Snow White and the Huntsman.  It’s quite interesting, and I can’t wait to see it.  This kind of retail crossover has happened before, (recently with Trish Summerville/Girl With the Dragon Tattoo for H & M and Janie Bryant/Mad Men for Banana Republic) but this source material – a medieval fairy tale – is new to the game.  I am very eager to see the collection!  I hope it does well for everyone involved – the costumes look dazzling, and it’s a great opportunity to own a piece of it.  Read more about it HERE and HERE!  Mark your calendars – it launches May 30 on HSN!

– KMB

Dear Kristin: What Kind of Sewing Machine Should I Buy?

I received an email from Frocktalker Kyan with a common question:  I am learning to sew – what machine should I buy?  Here is my answer – read on!!

Dear Kristin:  I just signed up for a beginner’s sewing class and found out that we each need to have our own machines — any thoughts on a good starter machine? It is all looking like Russian to me!!!

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From the LA Times: Designer Jill Taylor Talks “Marilyn”

I came upon this great LA Times article this evening – an interview with costume designer Jill Taylor about her work in the film My Week With Marilyn.  Very interesting article – check it out HERE!

-KMB

Saturday Night Fever – Synopsis

Review Date: 8-6-09    

Release Date:  12-16-77

Runtime: 118 min.

Period: Contemporary, 1977

Costume Designer: Patrizia von Brandenstein  

Tony Manero is a nineteen-year-old Brooklyn paint store clerk by day, living with his parents.  At night, however, he rules the dance floor at the 2001: Odyssey dance club.  Saturday Night Fever describes his existence, straddling these two worlds, and coming to terms with the expectations his family has for him and his siblings.  Saturday Night Fever is, in the end, much more than great dancing and an iconic soundtrack; it is about growing up, being accountable for one’s actions, and taking responsibility for one’s own life and happiness.

**  NB:  This film is rated R, and the plot described herein may not be appropriate for kids. **

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Saturday Night Fever – KB’s Review

 

Review Date: 8-6-09

Release Date:  12-16-77

Runtime: 118 min.

Period: Contemporary, 1977

Costume Designer: Patrizia von Brandenstein

 

I love this movie.  It is so dark, and at the time it was released, tapped into the zeitgeist of a large, young part of our population.  In a post-cultural-revolution reality, with a culture embracing its own diversity at last, along comes a movie that talks about all of it.  In Saturday Night Fever, we find forums for discussion about everything from women’s lib to racism – hot topics at the time – and yes, these issues are carried out, expressed and explored in the costumes.

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