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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Get Me Costumes!

Lovely article over at Canadian news outlet National Post about costumes in movies… although do we need to give them the lecture about “wardrobe” vs. “costumes”?  Short version:  “wardrobe” is what Michelle Obama wears on the campaign trail.  “Costumes” are what actors/dancers/performers wear on stage and in movies.  That being said – check it out!  There are also some nice quips from our friend Chris from Clothesonfilm.com.  Read the article HERE!


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!


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!!


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!


Rosemary’s Baby – Dueling Banjos Review

Happy New Year, Frocktalkers!  Chris from Clothesonfilm.com and I have come up with another dueling banjos review to tickle your fancy.  We picked a film that has something (okay not much really, but a little bit) to do with New Year’s Eve:  Rosemary’s Baby!  So, get a cup of Ovaltine and let your hangover melt away while reading about this terrifying (but awesome) film.  Thanks again to Chris for the fun, educational and always interesting dueling banjos experience!

Happy New Year!!!


Rosemary’s Baby – Chris’ Review!

Costume designer Anthea Sylbert was prolific following her work on Rosemary’s Baby (1968). Roman Polanski’s atmospheric horror was essentially her big break and, by her own admission, one of her toughest challenges too.

Rosemary’s Baby tells the story of young newlyweds Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse (Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes) who move into an apartment building that turns out to be a haven of witches lead by old timers Minnie and Roman Castevet (Ruth Gordon and Sidney Blackmer). On the promise of a big career, Guy allows the witches to impregnate Rosemary with the seed of the devil. Rosemary is left trapped and alone, surrounded by an evil conspiracy and forced to drop the spawn of Satan on her due date.

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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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Saturday Night Fever: KB & Chris’ Chat



Chris from Clothes on Film and I sat down to discuss this iconic movie, the regional aspect of culture, Angel’s Flight pants and Gunne Sax.  Read on…

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