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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From Da Ali G Show to Da Gallery

From the Guy Hepner Gallery

From the Guy Hepner Gallery

From the LA Times comes a great article about an art show featuring the work of costume designer Jason Alper.  Alper is best known as the costume designer for Da Ali G Show, Borat and Bruno.  His satirical works are on display from April 17 – May 17 at the Guy Hepner Gallery, 300 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, CA.  Here’s the article from the LA Times – it sounds dope!  Respek!


Brüno: INTERVIEW with Jennifer Starzyk, Costume Supervisor

I had a chance to ask some probing questions of Jennifer Starzyk, costume supervisor of Brüno.  How do you break down a script that writes itself as you shoot?  What are the logistics of shooting all over the world, trying to keep it a secret?  Jennifer shares her experience making the film – fashion, weird trailers, and SBC (that’s Sacha Baron Cohen to the cognoscenti).  Read on!

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Review Date:  7-11-09
Release Date: 7-10-09
Runtime: 85 min.
Period: Contemporary
Costume Designer:  Jason Alper

For those of us who saw Borat, we kind of know what to expect when Sacha Baron Cohen makes another movie using one of his characters from Da Ali G Show.  The television show is/was a smaller version of these films – half character piece, half assault-documentary – but the gloves are off when you don’t have to report to TVLand censors. Therefore, no matter how persistent your kids are – begging, crying, pleading with you to let them see this film – do NOT let them see it until you have seen it with your own eyes, then use your judgment.  It is a white knuckle ride.
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