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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Sleepy Hollow: Ask the Costume Department, Part 3


Hello Frocktalkers and Sleepyheads!  Seeing as the season finale of Sleepy Hollow is upon us – TOMORROW NIGHT (1/20/14) at 8PM on FOX – I thought I might do one last quick “Ask the Costume Department” segment from your questions on Twitter.  Thank you so much for watching the show.  We worked so hard on it, and it’s so nice to hear from all of you.  Here we go:

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The Answer to Our Prayers?

I have been waiting for this day for a long time. An actor steps into a scanner, and the computer not only records their accurate measurements, but can also recommend clothing styles, brands and sizes that will fit the actor… and ALSO (and this is still just a dream) the computer will be able to draft patterns based on the actors shape and measurements.  What a dream!!!  Part of this is already coming true, thanks to scanning technology available at selected malls.  Right now, the application is mostly for finding the right jeans… but Frocktalkers, hear me now – in 25 years, we will be scanning actors and using these findings to do our work on a daily basis.  It is so exciting.  Read more HERE – and see if you can get in to one of these scanning machines for yourself (right now, you can – at Westfield Culver City, aka the Fox Hills Mall, and at Westfield Topanga, aka the Topanga Plaza Mall).  Enjoy!!!


Adventures in Costuming: Sales and Stuff!

This week, the big news is that the Fred Segal sale is on. At both locations (though they are not related) you will find merchandise on sale at about a 50% discount. The sale will run approximately two weeks, and at some point they may raise the ante, providing discounts of 75%.

For the uninitiated:

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