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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Bad Grandpa: Interview with Designer Lindsey Kear

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It’s the number one movie this week, and it had no script.  I’m shaking my head, trying to make sense of how a cohesive narrative came together from this, and how they pulled it off.  Actor Johnny Knoxville goes undercover as an old man for some Candid Camera-style hijinks on an unsuspecting public… and ends up weaving a sweet (albeit raunchy) narrative about family in the process. I don’t want to spoil the spontaneity of the moments for those of you who haven’t seen it yet, so I’ll just cut right to the chase with designer Lindsey Kear.

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Julie Robar and Kelly Chambers: America’s Best Costume Crew!

Costume Supervisor Julie Robar (L), and Kelly Chambers

ABDC's Costume Supervisor Julie Robar (L), Lizette Kilmer and Kelly Chambers

By Anthony Tran, special correspondent to Frocktalk.com

America’s Best Dance Crew (also known as ABDC) is a dance competition show that airs Thursday nights on MTV. Produced by Randy Jackson, the show pits dance crews from across the nation against each other. The teams battle for the eventual title of “America’s Best Dance Crew”, and a $100,000 grand prize. It’s kind of like American Idol for dance groups. 2010 marks the fifth season of the show, and we caught up with costume supervisor Julie Robar and costumer Kelly Chambers to tell us all about it.

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Camp

Review Date: 2-5-10

Release Date: 7-25-03

Runtime: 114 min.

Period: Contemporary

Costume Designer: Dawn Weisberg

America seems to have renewed its love affair with the musical comedy genre. The success of TV’s Glee seems to make the point all by itself. It is with this love in mind that I bring you CAMP, a 2003 film that debuted at Sundance, and then fell largely under the radar. Honestly, I think it was ahead of its time. If you like Glee, you will love Camp.

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Saturday Night Fever – Synopsis

Review Date: 8-6-09    

Release Date:  12-16-77

Runtime: 118 min.

Period: Contemporary, 1977

Costume Designer: Patrizia von Brandenstein  

Tony Manero is a nineteen-year-old Brooklyn paint store clerk by day, living with his parents.  At night, however, he rules the dance floor at the 2001: Odyssey dance club.  Saturday Night Fever describes his existence, straddling these two worlds, and coming to terms with the expectations his family has for him and his siblings.  Saturday Night Fever is, in the end, much more than great dancing and an iconic soundtrack; it is about growing up, being accountable for one’s actions, and taking responsibility for one’s own life and happiness.

**  NB:  This film is rated R, and the plot described herein may not be appropriate for kids. **

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Saturday Night Fever – Chris’ Review

Chris from the UK blog  Clothes on Film gives his insight on this iconic film…

Sleazy sex, drugs, violence, foul language, rape, racism, homophobia, suicide – if you only remember Saturday Night Fever for its Bee Gees soundtrack and lurid fashions, you’re in for a serious shock. This is one of the bleakest, yet most compelling movies of the seventies.

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Saturday Night Fever – KB’s Review

 

Review Date: 8-6-09

Release Date:  12-16-77

Runtime: 118 min.

Period: Contemporary, 1977

Costume Designer: Patrizia von Brandenstein

 

I love this movie.  It is so dark, and at the time it was released, tapped into the zeitgeist of a large, young part of our population.  In a post-cultural-revolution reality, with a culture embracing its own diversity at last, along comes a movie that talks about all of it.  In Saturday Night Fever, we find forums for discussion about everything from women’s lib to racism – hot topics at the time – and yes, these issues are carried out, expressed and explored in the costumes.

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Saturday Night Fever: KB & Chris’ Chat

 

 

Chris from Clothes on Film and I sat down to discuss this iconic movie, the regional aspect of culture, Angel’s Flight pants and Gunne Sax.  Read on…

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