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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Theoni V. Aldredge, 1932 – 2011

The costume community is mourning another loss – Oscar-winning costume legend Theoni V. Aldredge sadly passed away on Friday. Aldredge won her award for The Great Gatsby, but she designed countless other influential projects, including Moonstruck, Ghostbusters, The Rose, Eyes of Laura Mars, and Network. She was also a Tony-winning designer for numerous Broadway productions. Her influence will continue to reverberate among our community. Condolences to all of her friends and family. Her keen eye and enormous talent will be sorely missed.



Dear Kristin: What’s in a Name?

Hey there Kristin,
What is the difference between a costumer or set costumer and a costume designer on a film?

– Heather Q., NorCal

Dear Heather Q.,

Thank you so much for your question!!  “Costumer” is kind of a catch-all term for people who work with costumes.  It is not a very specific job title – so I have some answers for you  …   Here is a list (partially stolen from my book Going Hollywood) to make it simple:

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Rachel Getting Married

Review Date: 1-7-09
Release Date: 10-3-08
Runtime:  113 minutes
Period: Contemporary, 2008
Costume Designer: Susan Lyall

Rachel Getting Married is a film that has polarized its audience.  People I know either loved it or hated it; one even said she was “allergic” to it.  There seems to be no grey area when it comes to affection for this film.  Arguably, Rachel Getting Married introduces some of the most shamelessly self-absorbed, narcissistic, grating, selfish, irritating characters ever committed to celluloid.  But in the end (curses, Jonathan Demme!) we wind up caring about them in spite of ourselves.

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