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! **

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And Introducing…. Lauren Fonville!!!

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Frocktalkers, you may have noticed a new name on some of the bylines here at Frocktalk.  I’d like to introduce you to my fabulous new cohort, Lauren Fonville. She’s a great writer and a wonderful gal – here’s a little bit more about her:

Lauren Fonville is a costume designer and key costumer for film, TV and theater. Her design credits include features General Education, Angel’s Perch and TV movie The Funtime Gang. She is the resident costume designer for Beverly Hills High School’s award-winning Theater Arts program.
As a key costumer, Lauren has contributed to the upcoming features The Bronx Bull, The Bloody Indulgent, and HBO’s new series Togetherness. She is a member of Motion Picture Costumers IASTE Local 705 and a graduate of Los Angeles City College’s Theater Academy and the University of Oregon.
Before delving into costuming full-time, Lauren was a reporter (under her maiden name Lauren Horwitch) for publications such as Daily Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, LA Weekly, Newsweek and served as the News Editor for Backstage.
Welcome to the Frocktalk ranks, Lauren!  I’m so excited to have you here.  For more info on Lauren, please check out her website: http://www.laurenfonville.com and for feedback, lauren@laurenfonville.com.  Bienvenue!!!
– KMB

892/705 Artisan Bazaar: SUNDAY!!!

Hey Frocktalkers!  If you’re in town on Sunday, please stop by the Artisan Bazaar hosted by the Costume Designers Guild!  I will have a booth there, and will be selling all kinds of things, including quilts, pantyhampers, jewelry, sketches and paintings!  Chachi and I will be there from 9A – 3P, and we look forward to seeing you!  Get a jump on your holiday shopping!!

– KMB

Exploitation, or Have You Hugged Your Union Today?

It’s Labor Day weekend – a time when most people frolic in the swimming pool, get drunk, barbeque and enjoy the last throes of summer before the rigors of school and work catch up with them. But did you know that without unions, we wouldn’t have this three-day-weekend to celebrate? I want to take time this weekend to talk about exploitation, and what led to the creation of these unions. Working in the film industry, you may encounter lots of different types of jobs – some union, and others, non-union. You need to be very, VERY aware of your rights if you work on non-union projects. Whereas the union has rules and regulations in place to protect you in the workplace, non-union work has practically nothing. You need to be forewarned about some of the shenanigans that people will try to pull – to know what is legal, and what is not! I will do my best to spell it out for you here.

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Dear Kristin: To Join, or Not Join, the Union?

Dear Kristin: I am an aspiring costume designer, having switched careers from fashion design. I haven’t looked back since, and it’s been tough, but great. One of my next goals is to join the Costume Designer’s Guild. I have been hard at work finding my way onto any indie feature I can, to learn as much as I can and just continue to gain experience. I was thinking of applying to the Guild (when I feel ready and have some funds saved up) as an assistant costume designer, so I can learn under more experienced costume designers. Is it difficult to then upgrade to costume designer, once I have some union experience under my belt? I’m in no rush to design a union feature as a costume designer; I’m just wondering if I should apply as a costume designer and then just look for assistant costume designer jobs instead, OR if I should apply as an assistant costume designer, and then upgrade.

Thanks,

Adriana

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Costume House Rejection Letter

This rejection letter from a local costume house came across my desk and I had to share it with you.  Look, I know times are tough here, and costuming is a competitive business, but take a look at this letter.  I left the grammar and spelling alone, and all names are redacted so no one gets sued.  But man – it’s worth a look… after the jump!!!

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PA stands for Production Assistant, or Potential Arbitration?

it has nothing to do with anything, but I like the image.
it has nothing to do with anything, but I like the image.

It has been a crazy week here. The film I am working on is moving forward at breakneck pace. We have five days until shooting, and only two actors cast. We are not pushing. Further, I taught my first class at UCLA yesterday and actually survived! I haven’t seen a film in a while, and I was fretting about writing this week’s Frocktalk installment. I stopped fretting when I opened my mailbox and out popped a delectable little hand grenade in an envelope. I will transcribe the contents verbatim for you:

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Cool Event Reminder: 705/892 Yard Sale This Weekend!

Just a reminder that this Saturday is the big IATSE Locals 705 (Motion Picture Costumers) & 892 (Costume Designers Guild) yard sale!  It’s going to be a scorcher, so wear your sunblock and bring lots of cold, hard cash.  There are sure to be some amazing things at that sale, because most of us are packrat/collector types… nervous laugh…   Here are the details:

Saturday August 29th
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

 

Location:

WESTERN COSTUME COMPANY – Parking lot

11041 Vanowen St. (cross street: Vineland)

North Hollywood, CA 91604

 

Be there or be square!!  And don’t forget to bring your resumes and business cards.  Mingle, schmooze and buy cool stuff!  Have a great weekend!

 

– –  KMB

705 & 892 YARD SALE!!!

IATSE locals 705 (Motion Picture Costumers) and 892 (Costume Designers Guild) are having a yard sale coming up on Saturday, August 29th at Western Costume.  This sale is open to the public.  We had one of these yard sales last year, and the goods on sale were amazing.  I bought a hot-pink marabou capelet for my little cousin for about $5.  Where else in the world are you going to find cooler yard sale items than at a yard sale hosted by costume people??!?!  Nowhere!!

Here are the details:

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Adventures in Costuming: Craft Day – Felting

Hi everyone – I have to apologize for not posting this yesterday – I have been out of town and it has been kind of crazy.  What I’d like to talk about, though, is a sort of continuing-education vibe for all of us who work in the costume department.  I realize that the following post may be a bit controversial, but you can let me know how you feel about it by posting a comment!
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