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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Spring Breakers

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Release Date: 3-22-13 (USA)

Review Date: 3-26-13

Runtime: 94 min.

Period: Contemporary

Costume Designer:  Heidi Bivens

Having just seen Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers, the words that come to my mind:  WOAH.  WTF.  OMG.  NO WAY.  This is a nightmare of a movie, in the very best sense – it has haunted my dreams.  Marketed oddly as a good-times comedy, it couldn’t be further from the reality of what this movie actually is – a nihilistic meditation on youth, freedom, and the meaning of life.  Starring Disney poster girls Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez alongside cinematic chameleon James Franco, this film destroys any kind of squeaky-cleanness they might have once had.  It’s brilliant, it’s brash, and it’s scary as hell.

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Color Me Beautiful

I was at a Fourth of July party yesterday, when a makeup writer friend of mine and I got into a conversation about the book Color Me Beautiful. Most of you Frocktalkers are probably too young to remember this phenomenon, but using this book, you could determine whether you were a “winter”, “spring”, “summer” or “autumn”, and choose flattering clothing and makeup colors accordingly. My friend was wondering if the premise still held up today, thirty-plus years after the book was first published. It got me thinking…

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Paradigm Shift Begins With Me… and You

courtesy Jonathan Moore

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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