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! **

Freedom of Speech, Bigotry, and Scooby Doo

photo: nerdyapplebottom.com

photo: nerdyapplebottom.com

The tale of “Boo” and his Halloween costume is making the viral rounds of the internet.  Long story short: boy wants to dress up as Daphne from Scooby Doo.  His mom helps him with his costume.  They go to school; other moms chastise her for allowing her son to cross-dress.  Mom blogs about the experience.  My take: it’s just a costume; don’t have a cow!  Experimentation with costumes helps children to explore their identities and frame their world.  As a costume designer, this costume fracas is a non-issue, but it’s sad that not everyone understands costume as a form of expression.  What do you think?

— KMB

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