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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ComicCon 2014 is Fast Approaching!

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It’s getting to be that time again, Frocktalkers –  ComicCon 2014 is almost upon us.  This year, I am honored to be on a couple of panels sponsored by the Costume Designers Guild, and if you care to join us (and you SHOULD, because these panels are AWESOME), here is some more information!  Long & short of it:  Thursday at 5P, Friday at 1P, and Saturday at 11A, in room 23ABC – but read on!!

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Superheroes of Hollywood Blvd., Part II

Here’s the follow-up on the Superheroes of Hollywood Boulevard!!! Enjoy, Frocktalkers!!

Comic Con 2010: Chandler Explains Jack Kirby

This is artist Chandler Wood explaining a costume sketch by comic book legend Jack Kirby.

Also – this just in – photos from the LA Times photo booth at Comic Con!  Enjoy!  More posts later tonight!

— KMB

Follow the CDG Tweets!

Hey there Frocktalkers!!  Make sure you follow the CDG Twitter account for live updates on all the costumes at Comic Con!  They will be tweeting live from the Masquerade Ball – which is great, because I don’t recall anyone doing that in the past – get your Masquerade costume contest winners while they are steaming hot!

— KMB

And Now, a Word From the CDG about Comic Con!

Our friends at the Costume Designers Guild are working their buns off to present a fantastic array of panels, sights and awards for your enjoyment at Comic Con!  Read on:

Studio City, CA July 13, 2010 – A sea of close to 150,000 Comic-Con attendees will swarm the San Diego Convention Center July 21-25, dressed in costumes they made impersonating their favorite idol, action hero, or theme.    Many of these costumes were originally designed and illustrated by professional Costume Designers and Costume Illustrators for movies and television shows. In its sixth year at Comic-Con, the CDG continues to create an exciting Comic-con experience for costume enthusiasts.

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Comic Con is Soon Approaching!!

Hi Frocktalkers – sorry for the long absence; it has been crazy in my world!  I want to let you know that I will be hosting a panel at Comic Con on Friday the 23rd – here are the details:

11:00-12:00 Costume Designers: Designing for TV Production— Costume Designers work in collaboration with Directors, Production Designers, Directors of Photography and Actors in creating fantastic and memorable stories told via moving images. Characters created by Comic Book Writers and Illustrators are made real for the screen via the artistry of Costume Designers. Meet the men and women who are the Costume Designers on this year’s most popular television productions. Moderator  Kristin Burke, Costume Designer, a Member of  the Costume Designers Guild, Local 892, and creator of website Frocktalk.com, hosts Costume Designers from CDG, local 892: Audrey Fisher (True Blood), Ane Crabtree (Justified), Shawna Trpcic (Firefly), Pamela Shaw (Assistant Designer, Vampire Diaries),  Jennifer Eve (Assistant Designer, Glee).  Room 32AB

See you there!!

– KMB

Steampunks Elucidate Their Universe!

Professor Jager, detail

Professor Jager, detail

It is with great pleasure that I present to you this evening, an interview with some of Southern California’s most prominent Steampunks.  Here, we get to the heart of Steampunkiness – the hows, whats, and whys of it all.  Never before has there been such clarity!  I am deeply appreciative that they took the time to answer these questions, so we can all learn a little bit more about this beautiful costume aesthetic.  Answers below are from Gail Folsom, Andrew Fogel (a.k.a. Baron von Fogel) , and Nick Baumann (a.k.a. Crackitus Potts).  Read on…
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Comic Con: Day Three – Steampunks!

Detail of a backpack worn by Professor Jager

Detail of a backpack worn by Professor Jager

What is steampunk?  Is it a genre?  A special-interest society?  A sub-culture?  An aesthetic movement?  I think the answer is: yes!  Steampunk has its roots in the Victorian-era science fiction writing of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne.  Consider The War of the Worlds (1898), The Invisible Man (1897), and The Time Machine (1895) by Wells, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1872), Journey to the Center of the Earth (1871), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873) by Verne.  These books were revolutionary when they came out – it was the birth of science fiction.  Steampunk is born from this period – a time when the world was on the verge of the technological explosion that led to widespread use of electricity and automobiles.  Steampunk captures an era where steam (as a power source) held infinite potential, horse-drawn carriages roamed the land, and brass, leather and wood were king.
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Comic Con: Day Four!

Red, blood-shot eyes.  Last day of the Con!

Red, blood-shot eyes. Last day of the Con!

Okay, I just arrived back in LA from San Diego, and I am totally wiped out.  Today was “Kids Day” at Comic Con, and I went with Mini Darth Vader and his dad to seek some good times.  Good times we found, in the form of lots of fun kid-friendly activities.
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Comic Con: Day Three

This is Saturday, traditionally the most packed day of the convention.  The above photo is from when I tried to board the trolley at Old Town at 9:15 AM. It was like Tokyo rush hour… no one could even get ON the train; it was already full to capacity. In any case, I started my day at 8:30 AM and I am just now getting home at 12:37 AM to post.  I have so many pictures, so many good stories, and so many crazy things to tell.  I will tell you one story now, and post the others when I get back to LA on Sunday night/Monday.  The story I am going to tell you involves Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.
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