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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The Exorcist – Live at the Geffen Playhouse

I have a particular fondness for the “scary movie” genre, having designed many of these kinds of films in my career. When I heard that the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles was going to be putting up a production of perhaps one of the most famous (and scary) movies of all time – The Exorcist – I knew I had to see it. How do you translate the fear, horror, and especially special effects (head spinning, projectile vomiting, crab walking and defying gravity) of the original film to the stage? I was really curious.

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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo: Interview with Designer Trish Summerville!

Happy 2012, Frocktalkers! I am delighted to be able to share some insight with you from the costume designer of David Fincher’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Trish Summerville! Fresh from the launch of the movie as well as the launch of The Dragon Tattoo Collection (exclusively at retailer H & M), Ms. Summerville tells us all about her experience making the film in Sweden, and why she didn’t sample the reindeer meatballs… read on!!

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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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The Fighter: Interview With Designer Mark Bridges!

Costume Designer Mark Bridges has done some wonderful work in his career – Boogie Nights, anyone? – and he hits another home run with The Fighter.  Here he talks about high top Reeboks and Z. Cavaricci!

First, can you tell us about how this job came about for you?

I had worked with David (O. Russell, the director) before on I Heart Huckabees and had a great time. He asked me to do The Fighter.

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The Fighter

Release Date: 12-17-10

Review Date: 12-21-10

Running Time: 115 min.

Period: 1993

Costume Designer: Mark Bridges

Where to begin?! The Fighter is a great movie – there is not one false note to be found. Director David O. Russell has exercised great restraint and respect for the material in telling boxer Micky Ward’s story, and the result is breathtaking. The costumes are eloquent when the actors are silent – it’s like a trip in a time machine, to a very specific place and situation. I can’t say enough good things.

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Animal Kingdom

Review date: 8-15-10

Release date: 8-13-10 (limited)

Runtime: 112 min.

Period: Contemporary

Costume Designer: Cappi Ireland

Animal Kingdom is an Australian film about a teenaged boy embroiled in his family’s vengeful, criminal enterprise. It is remarkable for its compelling story and strong performances, and for the fact that it was helmed by a first-timer, David Michôd. This is a tale of familial dysfunction on a Shakespearean (or even Greek) level, but it takes place in present-day Melbourne. This is a gritty, greasy, smelly, violent film… just like I like them.

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