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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Holiday Gift Guide for Costume-Types 2013

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The gift giving season is upon us, everyone. Whether it’s Hanukkah or Christmas or Kwanzaa or wrap, it’s probably very likely that you will be buying a gift for someone, and if that someone happens to work in the costume department, you might want to listen up.  What follows is this year’s gift list… if you find you need still more inspiration, please consult prior lists HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.  Get your credit cards ready!

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TEDx Pacific Palisades – This Saturday, 6/29

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Hey everyone!  This Saturday (6/29/2013) is the big TEDx talk.  I’ve been practicing my speech and honing my slideshow, and I think it’s going to be fun!  I’m not going to cry, and I’m not going to barf!  I’m not going to cry and I’m not going to barf!  If I keep repeating this phrase, I will be just fine.  If you’d like to attend the conference – and really, if you aren’t busy on Saturday, you should – I have a discount code for you for $30 off the tickets!  Here it is:  TEDXVIP.  Just go to the Ticket Purchase Page, enter the code where it says “enter promotional code” and you’re all set.  The tickets include lunch and the entire program of compelling speakers, so it’s a pretty good bargain. I will be talking about clothing, identity and costume design.  And I’m NOT going to barf!  Hope to see you there!  Have a great week, everyone!

-KMB

2012 Gift Guide for Costume Types

It’s that time of year, Frocktalkers! Whether you’re buying gifts for your crew, or sending this link to someone to drop a not-so-subtle hint, this is the gift list for you! Items on this list would be suitable for holiday gifts, wrap gifts, birthday gifts, or just something to say “Thanks for the hard work“. For additional ideas, you can always consult the Frocktalk gift lists of years gone by HERE, HERE and HERE. But stay with me – here is this year’s list!

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Halloween 2012

It’s that time of year, people! Halloween – the most sacred and holy day of the year for us costume-types. What to be this year? Well, I have some ideas… and there are plenty of ideas from years past HERE, HERE and HERE. I have three thematic groupings this year: popular culture, icons of horror, and zombies!!! I will try to make it short and sweet, and give you enough links to get you going.

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Five Gift Ideas for Your Favorite Costume Type!

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It’s that time of year, Frocktalkers. Whether you’re shopping for a wrap gift, a birthday gift, a thank you gift, or a holiday gift, you can’t go wrong with the items listed here. If these aren’t enough for you, you can always look back at last year’s list, or even the inaugural list for more ideas. So, without further ado –

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Western Costume Halloween Bonanza!

It’s that time of year!!!  One of LA’s most venerable costume houses, Western Costume, offers a selection of costumes to rent to the public for Halloween!  There are thousands of costumes from which to choose, and there are deals to be had!!  Western’s Halloween Store is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10A – 7P until October 29th, and then they are open on Halloween day from 10A – 6P.  Details after the jump!

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HALLOWEEN Costume Ideas 2011!!!

The costume truck at Halloween

The costume truck at Halloween

This year, my costume selections are veering toward popular culture. I went on a MEME kick, and man there are some funny ideas out there that, if you’re hip to what’s hip, you will really love. You will not find disgusting “slutty vampire”, “naughty nurse”, or “sassy pirate” costumes in this bunch, because we costume people really don’t need to pander, do we? It’s not called “Whoreloween”; it’s HALLOWeen. Hallowed evening – the most special night of the year for costume designers. I have put together twenty-five or so costume ideas for you. I have included the original reference from pop culture or the internet for all costumes, and I have included links to sites where you can buy costume pieces to complete your look. So, without further ado, here are my 2011 Halloween ideas:

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10 Great Gift Ideas for Your Favorite Costume-Type

It’s that time of year again, and you may be wondering what to get your special costume-type. The holidays are about giving, and whether you’re going big or small in terms of your expenditures, this list should help to give you some ideas. Take a look:

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Halloween 2010: The Good, The Bad, and The Snooki

It’s the MOST! WONDERFUL! TIME! Of the YEAR!! Yes, my phone is ringing off the hook, and that can mean only one thing: either it’s an election year (thanks, robo-calls) or it’s HALLOWEEN!! This year, if you are looking for a good last-minute costume idea, I think I can help.

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Black Friday Special: Ten Holiday Gift Ideas for Costume Types

It’s Black Friday; let the shopping madness begin!! So, let’s say you need to get a holiday gift for your favorite costume-type. And by costume-type, I mean: costume designer, costumer, tailor, aspiring designer, or mini-designer (meaning: adolescent). The gift possibilities are practically endless, but I have cut through some of the crap in an attempt to make it easy for you. Click on the bolded links for purchasing info!

In no particular order, here are ten good ideas:

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