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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Sleepy Hollow: Ask the Costume Department, Part 3

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Hello Frocktalkers and Sleepyheads!  Seeing as the season finale of Sleepy Hollow is upon us – TOMORROW NIGHT (1/20/14) at 8PM on FOX – I thought I might do one last quick “Ask the Costume Department” segment from your questions on Twitter.  Thank you so much for watching the show.  We worked so hard on it, and it’s so nice to hear from all of you.  Here we go:

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Costumer of Awesome

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Hey all – just want to bring your attention to this hilarious Tumblr account.  I don’t know who this is, but he/she is on notice – come write for Frocktalk.com!  Check it out HERE – COSTUMER OF AWESOME.  We’ve been rolling on the floor for a few days here in the department.  It’s good.

In other news, I’ve been live tweeting (to the best of my ability) the East coast feed of SLEEPY HOLLOW.  Follow along if you dare @frocktalk – hope you enjoy the show, Frocktalkers!  More to come!

– KMB

Update From KB Land!

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For the past few months, life here has been absolutely crazy lately.  I’ve moved house (twice!), and started a new job.  And then there was the TED talk (video will be posted in the next couple of weeks).  I’m about to move again (!) to North Carolina to begin shooting of the new job – a TV show – and I apologize for not being more present here because of it.  The reality of being a costume designer is that sometimes, we lose our lives to our work for long periods of time.

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Costume Design Around the World

Hello Frocktalkers – after a long absence, I am back in the States to tell you all about it. I have been designing costumes for films for (officially) about twenty years now, and I have had the good fortune to work all over the world. Everyone does things a bit differently, and it is always fascinating to note not only the similarities, but also the differences. I’ve just visited Argentina, and I was lucky enough to hook up with a production down there to see how they do it.

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And Now, a Break From Awards Season!

Hello, Frocktalkers!  Now that we’ve all had a moment to breathe after the big awards season push, I have some new things for you!  First, I have written another book – this time, a cookbook.  It’s a benefit for my friend, production designer John Johnson, who is battling pancreatic cancer.  He is on a vegan diet, and I cooked up a ton of food for him, and thought, hey wait a second! And a cookbook was born.  If you are vegan, or want to try it, this is your book! Please spread the word – all proceeds go to John and his wife to defray medical costs.  Thanks in advance for your support!  It means a lot.

BUY THE BOOK HERE!

– KMB

Paradigm Shift Begins With Me… and You

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courtesy Jonathan Moore

I started this article so many times over the last year, and couldn’t get past the first sentence. The truth is, I don’t know how to gently or diplomatically broach the subject, so I’ll just put it out there. Costume design is a very competitive field. It’s difficult to get started, it’s difficult to build a career, and it’s difficult to hold on, once your career has gathered momentum. Competition occasionally (!) creates jealousy, backstabbing, trash talking, bitter rivalries and nastiness between peers. It doesn’t have to be this way.

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