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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Bata Shoe Museum – Podcasts!

From the Bata Museum: Roger Vivier for German tannery Heyl-Libenau, French, 1934

From the Bata Museum: Roger Vivier for German tannery Heyl-Libenau, French, 1934

Frocktalkers, if you love shoes (really?  Like who wouldn’t love shoes?!) you are going to LOVE this.  The Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto has a fabulous website, and they have PODCASTS all about shoes – famous peoples’ shoes, historical shoes, unusual shoes, I mean, WOAH.  It’s pretty incredible.  Thanks to Frocktalker Haleh for alerting me to this.  I need to grab my earbuds and get listening!  Enjoy!!

– KMB

Week’s End Wrap-up: Congrats to Keira & James, and I Heart You, Gavin Polone.

Working in this business is all-consuming, and often it takes weeks to get your life together after you’ve been out of town for a few months on a job.  As I sift through two trash bags’ worth of mail, unpack box after box, and do laundry for what seems like weeks, I am reminded that this is my privilege.  We can complain and carp about the crazy hours, lack of budget and bad food, or whatever makes you whine and moan, but at the end of the day, we should realize that it is a privilege to do this kind of artistic work for a living.  We make amazing friends, and we have the BEST STORIES EVER for cocktail parties and (eventually) for the nursing home and/or our salacious memoirs.

Continue reading ‘Week’s End Wrap-up: Congrats to Keira & James, and I Heart You, Gavin Polone.’

Dribs and Drabs: Articles for your Perusal

Here’s an interesting article from the LA Times Magazine.  Freddie Lieba, described as a “fashion pundit”, tells reporter Robin Sayers about his 22 favorite gowns in film.  An eclectic selection, for sure!  The good news is that the costume designers are listed by name in the article.  So often, they are not, so good on Robin Sayers!!

Frocktalk tipster Deborah submitted this article for all you fans of Tim Burton’s upcoming Alice in Wonderland.  Looks like you may be able to purchase some costume-inspired-dresses at a store near you very soon.  AND, maybe even some Stella-McCartney-designed/inspired-by-Alice jewelry.  But let’s not forget that Colleen Atwood designed the costumes in the first place, so I hope she is given some kind of credit in the marketing!

— KMB



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