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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Unbelievable Couture Auction on Dec. 8


Hey Frocktalkers – Wanted to alert you to the most beautiful auction of costume items I have ever seen.  It’s in Chicago on December 8, and you can bid from the comfort of your own home on these items.  It has left me breathless – over 600 unique lots of Victorian & Edwardian clothing, jewelry, accessories, tons of 1920s – 1940s stuff, furs, hats, shoes, handbags, lace, contemporary things… it’s stunning.  Please take a look at it here: http://www.susanins.com/

It’s Auction number 129, just click on the “catalog” section and then click on “complete catalog”.  OMG, you guys.  Spread the word.  This collection is so beautiful, it deserves a new home with people who appreciate it… people like us! I’ll be bidding, FOR SURE… will you?


Angels, the Costumiers

Angels costume house, London

Angels costume house, London.

As part of my trip to London, I visited Angels costume house. Frocktalkers, it was amazing to see this place. I remember way back in 1992, I was interning on the Francis Ford Coppola film Dracula. Our associate costume designer Richard Shissler had made a trip to London to pull costumes for some of our massive crowd scenes. My job was to unpack the boxes that arrived from London. I remember gasping with delight and awe at the assortment of beautiful Victorian garments – many of them antiques, originals – that arrived. Where did these garments come from? Angels costume house.

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892/705 Artisan Bazaar: SUNDAY!!!

Hey Frocktalkers!  If you’re in town on Sunday, please stop by the Artisan Bazaar hosted by the Costume Designers Guild!  I will have a booth there, and will be selling all kinds of things, including quilts, pantyhampers, jewelry, sketches and paintings!  Chachi and I will be there from 9A – 3P, and we look forward to seeing you!  Get a jump on your holiday shopping!!



Review Date: 10-26-12

Release Date: 11-9-12 (limited); wide on 11-16-12

Runtime: 150 min (approx, unofficial)

Period: 1865

Costume Designer: Joanna Johnston

This film details the last four months of American President Abraham Lincoln’s life. Essentially, it covers Lincoln’s struggle to achieve passage of the thirteenth amendment to the US constitution, outlawing slavery. Along the way, it paints a loving picture of Lincoln as a doting, hands-on father, an involved, engaged husband, and a charismatic, determined leader.

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Joseff Jewelry of Hollywood – Check It OUT!

This wonderful article just came across my desk this morning from Collector’s Weekly.  It’s about Joseff Jewelry – a place I had never heard of, shocking in a twenty-year Hollywood costume design career!!!  Joseff Jewelry created costume jewelry and prop pieces that were, and are, rentable to the entertainment industry.  The collection is staggering, including pieces from Gone With the Wind (no longer rentable) and many other costume landmark films.  It’s absolutely fascinating, and I look forward to doing business with them in the future – just goes to show you, there is always something out there to learn and discover, no matter how long you’ve been doing this.  Enjoy the article HERE!!!  Like them on Facebook HERE!


Five Gift Ideas for Your Favorite Costume Type!

Artwork by Evan B. Harris, available on Etsy.com

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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CDG Artisan Bazaar This Weekend!

Hey Frocktalkers!  If you’re in LA this Sunday, please come by and check out the Costume Designers Guild and Motion Picture Costumers’ Artisan Bazaar!  The holidays are fast approaching.  Come and buy handmade objects and antiques from your favorite costume-types… they make wonderful gifts!  Here are the details:

SUNDAY, November 6, 2011 from 8:30AM – 2PM.  In the Parking Lot:  11969 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA  91604

See the official flier after the jump:

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Vintage Madness

A very interesting article in the LA Times got me thinking today about what “vintage clothing” actually means. No one can agree on how old a garment needs to be before it is declared “vintage”. In my (professional) opinion, a garment is “vintage” when it is 25 years old or older. It’s old enough to be off the shelves, and it’s probably cycled through the phases of “cool”, “uncool”, “unwearable”, “funny” and back to “cool”. In that sense, you can determine what is “vintage” by following what comes back into fashion – in magazines and in stores.

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Twilight/New Moon Fans – Get your jewelry here for less!

OK. So I liked the movie(s), but I am by no means a “Twi-Hard”.  I was nonetheless impressed by what I saw yesterday at Nordstrom Rack at the Bridge/Howard Hughes:  Twilight/New Moon jewelry, fully licensed, on sale for under $8. They had earrings, necklaces, keychains… and what was interesting is that every piece was stamped with the production company’s info:  Summit Entertainment.  It’s a remarkable tie-in, really!  None of this has to do with costume design, per se, but I thought it was interesting, using jewelry and accessories to market the film – what do you think?


Adventures in Costuming: Film Festival Juror & Trunk Show!

One satisfied customer:  the CAT MAT

One satisfied customer: the CAT MAT

Hello Frocktalkers!  Just here to let you know about a few things.  I have been asked to be a juror at a film festival this week, so I will MISS the CDG Awards on Thursday.  Do not fear.  Frocktalk correspondents Anthony and Sarah will be handling coverage of the event, and I can’t wait to hear their stories!  As part of the film festival I’m attending, I will screen Running Scared (2006), a film I designed, with Q & A afterward.  It should be fun!  Along those lines, I was recently interviewed by Chris at Clothesonfilm.com about the film, and you can read those interviews HERE and HERE.  Lastly, while I am away, there is a trunk show happening on Sunday in Glendale, and my wares will be peddled there.  More after the jump!

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