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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Susannah Buxton Talks “Downton Abbey”, and In Other News, My Head Explodes!

I don’t need to remind you how much I love this show, and how eagerly we are ALL anticipating the next round of Downton Abbey here in the US.  Here is a brilliant article to get you salivating.  Susannah Buxton spoke at the V & A about her work – and MAN, it’s excellent! Thanks to DTSFT for the writeup!!

– KMB

Downton Abbey is COMMMINNNNGGGG!!!!

I know.  My enthusiasm is ridiculous.  I love this show.  It begins again in the UK tomorrow, but we in the US of A are going to have to wait an entire, devastating, painful month before we can see it here.  UGH!!!  Frocktalker and friend Maggie pointed out this article HERE and wow, it has all of our engines revving.  BRING IT ON, DOWNTON ABBEY!!!

– KMB

Bright Star

Review Date: 11-21-09

Release Date: 9-18-09 (U.S., limited)

Runtime: 119 min.

Costume Designer: Janet Patterson

Okay, I said I wasn’t going to write about “Oscar Bait” movies, but I need to write about this one. I am fairly certain that even with its healthy per-screen average (opening weekend approximately $10K per screen), this film isn’t being seen. Just to give you the brief snapshot: It’s about John Keats, the poet. It’s set in England in 1818, and it’s directed by Jane Campion. Come on.

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