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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2011: A Look Back in Costumes

Hello, Frocktalkers!!  Our friend Chris over at Clothesonfilm.com has written a very thoughtful wrap-up of the year in costumes for you.  I thought you might like to read it as nominating ballots start to arrive in the mail, hahaha.  We have had a really gorgeous run of costumes in 2011, ranging from fancy to distressed.  As awards season starts in earnest, I will do my best to keep you updated.  I will soon be going on location until May 2012, so I will sadly miss the CDG Awards, but will make sure to have coverage of the event for you at the ready.  Thanks, Frocktalkers, for your interest and enthusiasm in our art form, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!


Interview: Chris Laverty, editor of ClothesOnFilm.com

Hey there, Frocktalkers!  One of my favorite bloggers of all time is currently featured in this month’s installation of The Costume Designer, the magazine of the Costume Designers Guild.  Unfortunately, the magazine is not available for sale, but you can see it online HERE!  YAY for Chris and ClothesOnFilm!!  I think we should start a collection now so that he can join us at next year’s CDG Awards.  What do you think?


ClothesOnFilm.com – Interview with Joan Bergin!

Our friend Chris over at Clothesonfilm.com has posted a brilliant interview with Tudors costume designer Joan Bergin – she talks about her role on the show as a designer, how the show works, and how she arrived there!  Fascinating.  Good job, Chris and thanks for posting!


Clothesonfilm.com Interview with Amy Westcott, Designer of Black Swan!

Our friend Chris over at Clothesonfilm.com has just posted a fabulous and juicy interview with costume designer Amy Westcott about her work on Black Swan.  She sets the record straight about all the recent controversy surrounding the design of the film – a fascinating read!  Check it out!


More Inception Information…

Hello Frocktalkers!  Forgive me as I have again been slammed with work.  I still have more Comic Con things to post for you, but I am in the last throes of this job I have been trying to finish.  I will be done next week, and I am exhausted.  I want to let you know that Chris from Clothesonfilm.com has posted an interview with costume designer Jeffrey Kurland, and it is very interesting!! I won’t spoil it, but please have a read if you enjoyed the film. I plan to sit down with Mr. Kurland myself once my job madness is done.  Stay tuned for more.  Have a great week, everyone!!


The Big Lebowski: Chris’ Thoughts

Fewer motion pictures have warranted so much over analysis as The Big Lebowski (1998). The Coen Brothers, extraordinarily talented as they are, simply did not write all the hidden meanings that magazines, blogs, and now even books have subscribed to the piece. The Big Lebowski is a far-out fun detective homage, just not as deep as some people think.

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From ClothesOnFilm.com: The Hangover! Interview with Costume Designer Louise Mingenbach

Hi Frocktalkers!  I am winding down my work on this small film.  It has been crazazay, but good, and I am slowly crawling out of the swamp.  I want to pass along this great article from our friend Chris over at ClothesOnFilm.com – it’s a very nice interview with costume designer Louise Mingenbach about her work on The Hangover.  I will have more for you next week, so stay tuned!!!


…And don’t miss the first review/article of The Hangover that preceded it!


Beetle Juice: Dueling Banjos – Chris’ review

Attesting that upbeat and silly often go hand in hand, Beetle Juice (1988) stands as one of director Tim Burton’s most cheerfully insane projects.

If its ménage of fantasy, horror, comedy proves too much for some, then the imaginative costumes by Aggie Guerard Rodgers and Bo Welch’s vibrant production design save the film from merely a cult following. Yet there is so much to see in Beetle Juice that the real enjoyment comes from re-viewing.

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Saturday Night Fever – Chris’ Review

Chris from the UK blog  Clothes on Film gives his insight on this iconic film…

Sleazy sex, drugs, violence, foul language, rape, racism, homophobia, suicide – if you only remember Saturday Night Fever for its Bee Gees soundtrack and lurid fashions, you’re in for a serious shock. This is one of the bleakest, yet most compelling movies of the seventies.

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Comic Con: Masquerade – and More News

It's a Small, Thrilling World After All

It's a Small, Thrilling World After All...

Hi frocktalkers!  This is my final post from and about Comic Con 2009.  I attended the masquerade last Saturday night, and it was fantastic.  I had to leave at the halfway point, unfortunately, but I wanted to share my photos with you.

Additionally, the news is that I will be teaching a class at UCLA this fall, for MFA/Costume students.  It’s a very exciting opportunity.  I will be teaching 8 out of 10 classes in costume design, while costume supervisor extraordinaire Heidi Higginbotham will be teaching 2 out of 10 classes in script breakdown, budgeting, and running the department.  So you can imagine that the pace of life around here is going to ramp up quickly!
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