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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James Acheson at the Getty this Sunday, June 5!

Oooh, Frocktalkers, this is exciting.  Academy-Award-Winning costume designer James Acheson will be part of a panel about historical costumes in film moderated by Academy-Award-Nominated costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis at the Getty Center!  Here are the details:

Dressing the Part: Historical Costume in Film


At the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Center
Sunday, June 5, 2011, 3:00 p.m.

LOS ANGELES – This Sunday, June 5, three-time Academy Award® winning costume designer James Acheson (Dangerous Liaisons) along with costume designer and UCLA professor Deborah Landis, and fashion historian Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell discuss fashion history and its representation in movies in Dressing the Part: Historical Costume in Film, a panel discussion at the Getty Center. The program is related to the exhibitions Paris: Life and Luxury, which evokes the rich material ambiance of Paris during the mid-18th century, and Fashion in the Middle Ages, which reveals how manuscript illuminators depicted the dress of figures ranging from kings and popes to tradesmen and peasants.

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Michael Jackson: Costume Icon, part 1

1983's THRILLER, designed by Deborah Nadoolman Landis

1983's THRILLER video, designed by Deborah Nadoolman Landis

We here at Frocktalk mourn the untimely passing of Michael Jackson: musician, recording artist, superstar and costume icon.  I asked costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis for her thoughts on this amazing performer, with whom she had the privilege of working.  Here’s what she had to say:

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UCLA Announces Center for Costume Design! Deborah Landis to Lead!

Hot off the presses, people – this is great news!!  Hopefully the new Copley Center will serve as a hub for all things costume-related, especially for academic study of the artform.  Meaning, hopefully, a major course-of-study for costume design for motion pictures!!  This is very exciting, and Deborah Landis is a powerhouse in the costume world, the perfect choice for the position.  She was our Guild (IA 892) president for many years, and made tremendous progress for our cause.  It’s exciting that she is taking this on!!  Read more here:

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