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 Great Gatsby

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Hi everyone – I’ve just returned from a screening of The Great Gatsby, and wanted to briefly record my impressions here for you.  First of all, there are a TON of costumes. Like thousands and thousands of costumes, all very different from each other.  There are dance costumes and party costumes and poor people costumes and banker/Wall Street costumes and rich people costumes, etc., etc., etc., it’s exhausting! Bottom line: it’s beautiful.  But keep in mind, this is not a Merchant-Ivory movie; this is not the place to be looking for exacting period accuracy.  This is a Baz Luhrmann movie, and his specific vision is what comes to life here, courtesy of costumes and sets by designer Catherine Martin. Continue reading ‘The Great Gatsby’

Theoni V. Aldredge, 1932 – 2011

The costume community is mourning another loss – Oscar-winning costume legend Theoni V. Aldredge sadly passed away on Friday. Aldredge won her award for The Great Gatsby, but she designed countless other influential projects, including Moonstruck, Ghostbusters, The Rose, Eyes of Laura Mars, and Network. She was also a Tony-winning designer for numerous Broadway productions. Her influence will continue to reverberate among our community. Condolences to all of her friends and family. Her keen eye and enormous talent will be sorely missed.

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— KMB

Internet Explorer is NOT Frocktalk’s Friend.

I posted about the Frocktalkability issues with Internet Explorer a few months back, but this is a topic that needs revisiting.  Internet Explorer, while one of the world’s most widely available (meaning pre-loaded) web browsers on the market, is decidedly NOT the best.  Case in point here at Frocktalk.  If you are using ANY version of IE to navigate the Internet, you will not be able to see Frocktalk in all of its blazing, good-time glory.  Why?  Compatibility issues.  Frocktalk is best viewed using Mozilla’s FIREFOX (free download here), Safari (free download here) or Google Chrome (free download here).  I am going to go out on a limb, and say that once you try these other browsers, you will NEVER go back to Internet Explorer.  Make a liar out of me; I dare you!!

Have a great weekend!

— KMB



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