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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Pennsylvania: Warts and All

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I’m trying to catch up on my movie-watching, as awards season is upon us and those of us who vote need to be informed! Aaaghh! So I’ve recently seen two very interesting Pennsylvania-themed films, Prisoners and Out of the Furnace. Both of these films describe a visual world that (to some people) might seem mundane… but the costumes are brilliant. Check out some images of this very fine work by costume designers Renee April (Prisoners) and Kurt and Bart (Out of the Furnace).

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April Ferry: A Positive Outlook Goes A Long Way

The delightful and talented April Ferry

The delightful and talented costume designer April Ferry

by Sarah Schuessler, special correspondent to Frocktalk.com

It is illuminating to hear about any costume designer’s process, but it’s especially exciting when you are a fan of the project too. HBO’s Rome is a favorite of mine, and I had the privilege of chatting with its lovely designer, April Ferry, about her experience.

AF: Rome was not only my favorite project I’ve ever done, it is my favorite work I’ve ever done, actually. I’ve done more than forty movies. And even though I only mostly do features, Rome was just—because I got to do it from the ground up. We did the research; we did everything. We made every single costume.

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