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! **

20 Years of Costume Design!

Hello, Frocktalkers! Yesterday, I celebrated the 20th anniversary of being hired as a costume designer on a feature film. I can’t believe the time has gone by so quickly; it seems impossible. Back then, I was just a young university graduate with a dream – I came to LA not knowing a soul in the industry, but I scrapped and I hustled and I made it happen. I want to sincerely thank producers Holly Keenan, Scott Levy and Mike Elliott for the communication error that eventually lead to my hiring on that film, The Skateboard Kid (you can read all about it in my book Costuming for Film). I’d also like to thank director Larry Swerdlove and producer Roger Corman for not finding out about it and firing me. It’s been a long, arduous, crazy and fun journey, and it feels really satisfying to still be here with most of my sanity intact, surrounded by great friends and still enjoying the work.

Along those lines, I thought you might find the following reading material quite interesting:

I’ve been trolling around Twitter (@Frocktalk), and finding anonymous tweeters who work behind the scenes in entertainment. I know that this is just the tip of the iceberg, but I wanted to share it with you. This Anonymous Costumer is hilarious. I believe s/he is in Canada, from some of the references I’ve gleaned. I was really laughing with way too much recognition at his/her inside jokes. Lord, help me.

Anonymous Costumer: @AnonCostumer

Secret Props Guy: @SecretPropsGuy

Set Designer: @SecretSetDesign

Anonymous Production: @anonproduction

Actor Problems: @Actor_Problems

This Gig Sucks: @ThisGigSucks Stories from the field of show biz

I also thought you might like this article about the costume designer from HBO’s show GIRLS, Jenn Rogien. It’s kind of an old article, but I hadn’t seen it. I love the show – it’s seriously brilliant, and it’s nice to hear from the costume designer!

Have a great week, everyone!!!


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