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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Awardsapalooza: The Oscars!

Congrats to Jacqueline Durran and her crew for the big win for Anna Karenina!  Did you watch the awards?  What a show.  That Shirley Bassey – that was so cool.  If you’d like to relive the night, check out the play-by-play I posted on Twitter @frocktalk.  Have a great week, everyone!



Review Date: 10-14-12

Release Date: 10-12-12

Runtime: 120 minutes

Period: 1979 – 1980

Costume Designer: Jacqueline West

In 1979, Americans working at the US Embassy in Tehran were taken hostage.  Six of them escaped and sought refuge at the home of the Canadian Ambassador.  One man helped them out of Iran.  This is the premise of Argo.  Based on the true-life story of CIA agent Tony Mendez, the film is gripping, absorbing, and kind of a nail biter.  It’s one of the best films I’ve seen in some time, and the costumes and characterizations are top notch.

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Animal Kingdom

Review date: 8-15-10

Release date: 8-13-10 (limited)

Runtime: 112 min.

Period: Contemporary

Costume Designer: Cappi Ireland

Animal Kingdom is an Australian film about a teenaged boy embroiled in his family’s vengeful, criminal enterprise. It is remarkable for its compelling story and strong performances, and for the fact that it was helmed by a first-timer, David Michôd. This is a tale of familial dysfunction on a Shakespearean (or even Greek) level, but it takes place in present-day Melbourne. This is a gritty, greasy, smelly, violent film… just like I like them.

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Farrah Fawcett: Costume Icon

I spoke with Erica Edell Phillips, one of the last remaining costume crew from the original Charlie’s Angels TV series.  Starting as a set costumer, and ending up as a supervisor, Ms. Phillips recalls Farrah’s style, beauty, and “sparkle”.  Read on…

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