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! **

Dear Kristin: Where Should I Go? What Should I Study?

Dear Kristin: 

I am a senior in high school and narrowing down my choices of colleges. I did want to study fashion design, and was serious about art colleges, but recently I have taken a great interest in costume design. Do you have any recommendations for colleges or courses of study in college? And if I did go to an art school and studied fashion design, is there any way I could cross over into costuming, such as volunteer work?   Thank you for time!
Sincerely,  Emily I.
Dear Emily:  Honestly, I recommend studying sociology, psychology, literature and theater.  Fashion school will teach you technical skills, but those skills will NEVER make up for having an understanding of life, of history, and of people’s motivations.  I would recommend a 4-year liberal arts college where you can work on theater productions, LEARN TO SEW, and read and analyze literature.  You can volunteer as an intern (getting credit for your school) with a film that shoots in your area, or with a show you with which you connect in LA/NY/Detroit.
Good luck to you in your quest… and thanks for the question!
– KMB

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