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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Hear Those Banjos a-Strummin’!

After much delay, I present to you the latest installment of the Dueling Banjos series of film/costume reviews… This time, Chris from clothesonfilm.com and I discuss The Big Lebowski.  I figured it was an opportune time to post this, as the big holiday weekend is upon us in the US, giving you plenty of time to smoke up study it again.  Enjoy it – such a good movie!!  And great costumes by Mary Zophres!  Many thanks to Chris for a great film watching and critiquing experience.

— KMB

The Big Lebowski: Synopsis

Review Date: 5-23-10

Release Date: 3-6-98

Runtime: 117 min.

Period: early 1990s

Costume designer: Mary Zophres

The Big Lebowski is a film about mistaken identity, but really it all boils down to a soiled rug. There is The Dude (Jeffrey Lebowski, played by Jeff Bridges) and there is the Big Lebowski (Jeffrey Lebowski, played by David Huddleston). Their worlds could not be further apart – The Dude being a grade-A slacker, and The Big Lebowski being a millionaire. It is this divide and juxtaposition that makes the film interesting.

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The Big Lebowski: CHAT!

Chris from clothesonfilm.com and I sat down to talk about The Big Lebowski, The Dude, weightlifting pants, and French tips.  Read on!

Chris (8.18 am, London time): Good evening.

Kristin B (12.18 am, Los Angeles time): You might love some molasses cookies right now. They are warm from the oven.

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Adventures in Costuming: The Big Muddy Film Festival!

Hello Frocktalkers – hope you had a good weekend! I am back from Carbondale, Illinois, where I spent a few days serving as a juror for the Big Muddy Film Festival. It was a total blast, and I am so inspired by the work I saw there. In total, I think I saw 52 films in about 48 hours (give or take some hours for sleep). Some of them were shorts, but there were many, many 60+ minute films. It was a lot to see, but boy was it fun. We announced the winners on Saturday night, via Beatles Rock Band, singing the titles of the winners. It was awesome.

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Paradigm Shift Begins With Me… and You

courtesy Jonathan Moore

courtesy Jonathan Moore

I started this article so many times over the last year, and couldn’t get past the first sentence. The truth is, I don’t know how to gently or diplomatically broach the subject, so I’ll just put it out there. Costume design is a very competitive field. It’s difficult to get started, it’s difficult to build a career, and it’s difficult to hold on, once your career has gathered momentum. Competition occasionally (!) creates jealousy, backstabbing, trash talking, bitter rivalries and nastiness between peers. It doesn’t have to be this way.

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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



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