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!

– KMB

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?

– KMB

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!

– KMB

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!

– KMB

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!!

– KMB

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: 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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The Big Lebowski – KB’s Thoughts

Review Date: 5-23-10

Release Date: 3-6-98

Runtime: 117 min.

Period: early 1990s

Costume designer: Mary Zophres

This movie is brilliantly designed in that the characters are concisely and efficiently illustrated. These characters are clearly defined from the beginning, and their costumes tell us exactly who they are from the moment we meet them. In this sense, they are archetypes, strongly drawn and easily recognized. For a movie as wacky and all over the place as The Big Lebowski, the visual simplicity of these characters helps the audience to stay engaged.

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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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