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! **

Young Frocktalkers: Take Note!

Now, you know I am not a huge fan of giant corporations.  I am an advocate for the small business owner, and I will always seek out a mom-and-pop store before succumbing to a corporate giant.  However, the corporate giants sometimes offer some interesting incentives… and they can do this precisely because they are big and well-funded.  Here is a good example: if you are between the ages of 14 – 19, you could win $50,000 cash for college through Jo-Ann Fabric’s 2010 prom contest.

Here’s the deal: you make your dress and an accessory using fabric and other products from Jo-Ann.  You take three pictures of the completed ensemble, submit your receipts for the fabric purchase (must be from Jo-Ann’s), and get it all turned in to Jo-Ann’s by 6-15-10.  Finalists will be notified by 7-2-10.  Think about it – in this horrid economy, if you are a crafty mo-fo, you could get some big bucks for college, which would undoubtedly be very helpful.

The small print: you have to be a U.S. resident to participate, and the offer is void in Maryland and Vermont.  It’s a pretty great opportunity, so good luck to all of you!!

— KMB

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