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 Help: Interview With Designer Sharen Davis!

Happy weekend, everyone!  I hope that you have had a chance to see The Help – it is a very interesting and thought-provoking movie, and I have had the great good fortune to talk with (twice-Oscar-nominated) costume designer Sharen Davis about her work on this movie – AND she gave me some sketches to share with you!!!  I screened the film for my mom, and she went crazy about the hair!!  Sharen answers all of my (and my mom’s) questions, after the jump!  Read on!

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Back in the Saddle!

Hello Frocktalkers! So sorry for the long absence. I took a vacation after the end of this last film, and I really enjoyed the R and R. I didn’t realize how much I needed it. So much has happened in the interim, and I am looking forward to getting back on track here at Frocktalk, and to bringing you the latest news from our world!

Part of living a balanced life in the film industry is giving back. Much as Hollywood would like to think it’s possible, we can’t really live in a vacuum for any sustained amount of time without turning into giant @$$holes. Recognizing need in the world and addressing it makes a huge difference – not only to those in need, but to one’s own personal growth. I am here to tell you that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and I am asking you to get involved!!!

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Gone With The Wind Gowns Need your Help!

Very interesting article in the LA Times.  Some of the famous Walter Plunkett-designed gowns from Gone With the Wind are in need of restoration and repair.  You can make a donation to help save them HERE.  Keep in mind, most film costumes are not made to last forever, just through the shooting period, really.  If these costumes are to be preserved, it is going to take some work!  Once the costumes are restored, they can be exhibited, and we can share this important chapter of our art form’s history with the public.  If you’d like more information about Walter Plunkett and the design process for this epic film, click HERE!


Help for Haiti

It’s a helpless feeling to watch the devastation in Haiti.  The Haitian people desperately need our assistance.  You can help by donating money to Doctors Without Borders by clicking the link below:


Doctors Without Borders is a tremendous organization and will be providing urgently-needed medical care to the injured in Haiti. Please join me in supporting them!


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