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! **

R. I. P., Theadora Van Runkle

Theadora Van Runkle's exquisite work in Bonnie and Clyde

Theadora Van Runkle's exquisite work in Bonnie and Clyde

Another sad passing in our field – costume legend Theadora Van Runkle left us on Friday; she was 83 fabulous years old.  Best known for her excellent work on Bonnie and Clyde and the original Thomas Crown Affair, Theadora leaves a rich design legacy for all of us – inspiration to do our very best work.  Our thoughts go out to her family and friends.  Read the LA Times’ thoughtful obit HERE. NY Times obit HERE.  Variety obit HERE.  She will be greatly missed.

– KMB

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