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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2012 Gift Guide for Costume Types

It’s that time of year, Frocktalkers! Whether you’re buying gifts for your crew, or sending this link to someone to drop a not-so-subtle hint, this is the gift list for you! Items on this list would be suitable for holiday gifts, wrap gifts, birthday gifts, or just something to say “Thanks for the hard work“. For additional ideas, you can always consult the Frocktalk gift lists of years gone by HERE, HERE and HERE. But stay with me – here is this year’s list!

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Angels, the Costumiers

Angels costume house, London

Angels costume house, London.

As part of my trip to London, I visited Angels costume house. Frocktalkers, it was amazing to see this place. I remember way back in 1992, I was interning on the Francis Ford Coppola film Dracula. Our associate costume designer Richard Shissler had made a trip to London to pull costumes for some of our massive crowd scenes. My job was to unpack the boxes that arrived from London. I remember gasping with delight and awe at the assortment of beautiful Victorian garments – many of them antiques, originals – that arrived. Where did these garments come from? Angels costume house.

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Western Costume Co – 100 years, and in the News!

Western Costume Company is celebrating 100 years of service to the entertainment community, and the LA Times is all over it!!  There are several articles covering various aspects of Western Costume’s history – HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.  They’ve also resurrected an article from 1989 about the sale and move of Western from Melrose Ave. (the old location, close to the Paramount lot) to its current location in North Hollywood!  It’s a pretty spectacular set of articles, and big thanks to LA Times for recognizing the contribution that Western has made to our industry, and for sharing it with the world!  Check it out, Frocktalkers, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Western!!

– KMB

Costume House Rejection Letter

This rejection letter from a local costume house came across my desk and I had to share it with you.  Look, I know times are tough here, and costuming is a competitive business, but take a look at this letter.  I left the grammar and spelling alone, and all names are redacted so no one gets sued.  But man – it’s worth a look… after the jump!!!

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The Other Guys: Talking With Ellen Falguiere, ACD

Earlier this year, I sat down with Assistant Costume Designer Ellen Falguiere to talk about her work on the hilarious film The Other Guys (out on DVD tomorrow, December 14). Ellen is a costume designer in her own right, having designed costumes for the Emmy-Award-winning TV movie The Flight That Fought Back, and she has a long history assisting designer Carol Ramsey. Here we can see how costumes make it to the screen from an assistant costume designer’s point of view (one clue: tons of hard work). Wear your comfy shoes, folks!

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The Keyes Sisters: From Costume Truck to Directors’ Chairs

Keva (L) and Karen Keyes

Keva and Karen Keyes are some of the most delightful gals you’ll ever meet. I was first introduced to them on the set of Walker Payne, a movie I designed in South Carolina in 2005. They were local costumers then; they are director and producer now. Their short film, Letters From Home, screens at the 18th Pan-African Film Festival in Culver City this weekend. I am excited to share their story with you. These ladies had the guts and the tenacity to transition into the directors’ chairs, and I interviewed them about all of it today.

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Black Friday Special: Ten Holiday Gift Ideas for Costume Types

It’s Black Friday; let the shopping madness begin!! So, let’s say you need to get a holiday gift for your favorite costume-type. And by costume-type, I mean: costume designer, costumer, tailor, aspiring designer, or mini-designer (meaning: adolescent). The gift possibilities are practically endless, but I have cut through some of the crap in an attempt to make it easy for you. Click on the bolded links for purchasing info!

In no particular order, here are ten good ideas:

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Cool Event Reminder: 705/892 Yard Sale This Weekend!

Just a reminder that this Saturday is the big IATSE Locals 705 (Motion Picture Costumers) & 892 (Costume Designers Guild) yard sale!  It’s going to be a scorcher, so wear your sunblock and bring lots of cold, hard cash.  There are sure to be some amazing things at that sale, because most of us are packrat/collector types… nervous laugh…   Here are the details:

Saturday August 29th
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

 

Location:

WESTERN COSTUME COMPANY – Parking lot

11041 Vanowen St. (cross street: Vineland)

North Hollywood, CA 91604

 

Be there or be square!!  And don’t forget to bring your resumes and business cards.  Mingle, schmooze and buy cool stuff!  Have a great weekend!

 

– –  KMB

705 & 892 YARD SALE!!!

IATSE locals 705 (Motion Picture Costumers) and 892 (Costume Designers Guild) are having a yard sale coming up on Saturday, August 29th at Western Costume.  This sale is open to the public.  We had one of these yard sales last year, and the goods on sale were amazing.  I bought a hot-pink marabou capelet for my little cousin for about $5.  Where else in the world are you going to find cooler yard sale items than at a yard sale hosted by costume people??!?!  Nowhere!!

Here are the details:

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