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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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

Snow White and the Huntsman

Review Date: 5-29-12

Release Date: 6-1-12

Runtime: 127 minutes

Period: Vaguely Medieval

Costume Designer: Colleen Atwood

Some stories are so good that they just need to be reinterpreted every once in a while. It is therefore no surprise that Snow White has had countless incarnations over the years. The flavor of the latest go-round, Snow White and the Huntsman, is distinctly dark and scary – miles away from the sweet, frothy cartoons and singing birds that have come before. This film is fertile ground for social commentary, and if you are a university-level Women’s Studies major needing material for a thesis, look no further. This is a post-feminist, apocalyptic Snow White, complete with a villain oozing misandry. Sound intriguing?

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Custom Shoes: Willie’s Shoe Service!

The LA Times is running a beautiful story about one of our favorite shoemakers/shoe repair/shoe wizard places in town.  Behold Willie’s Shoe Service!  They’ve been around forever, and are a trusted vendor, doing excellent work on a tight deadline.  Back in the day, Willie himself would do the work.  Now that Willie is retired, Raul Ojeda is at the helm.  If you’ve never used Willie’s, check them out!! Read the article HERE, and have a great day!

– KMB

CDG Artisan Bazaar This Weekend!

Hey Frocktalkers!  If you’re in LA this Sunday, please come by and check out the Costume Designers Guild and Motion Picture Costumers’ Artisan Bazaar!  The holidays are fast approaching.  Come and buy handmade objects and antiques from your favorite costume-types… they make wonderful gifts!  Here are the details:

SUNDAY, November 6, 2011 from 8:30AM – 2PM.  In the Parking Lot:  11969 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA  91604

See the official flier after the jump:

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Desert Flower

Release Date: 3-18-11 (USA); 9-24-2009 (Germany)

Runtime: 127 min.

Period: 1968 – 1997

Costume Designer: Gabriele Binder

I read Waris Dirie’s autobiographical book Desert Flower (the basis for this film) back in 1998 when it came out. I was captivated by her bravery and stunned by her life story: young girl from a nomadic tribe escapes arranged marriage in Somalia, comes to London, becomes a supermodel and a UN ambassador. But that’s just the surface.

Waris Dirie’s story is a reminder that there is more to all of us than our surface components – our wounds, our pain, our joy and our determination reside in a hidden place. What we decide to do about all of that surface/hidden stuff is our choice. Waris Dirie has gracefully overcome some seemingly insurmountable obstacles in her life, and her beauty is more than skin deep.

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Adventures in Costuming: COSTUME CO-OP!

David Matwijkow and Clifford Chally of Costume Co-op

David Matwijkow and Clifford Chally of Costume Co-op

On a quiet, tree-lined street in between Valley Village and the NoHo Arts District, the soothing hum of sewing machines fills the air. Costume Co-op, founded by John van Hout, Clifford Chally and David Matwijkow, is a union costume shop, featuring made-to-order construction, aging and dying, foam sculpting and millinery all under one roof.

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