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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Drunk History: Interview with Designer Christina Mongini

Drunk History

By Lauren Fonville

We’ve been fans of Drunk History’s slurred, comedic take on American history and it’s slightly-off period costumes since its early days at a web series on FunnyorDie.com. Now the show created by host Derek Waters and director Jeremy Konner is finally getting a run as a full series airing Tuesdays at 10 pm on Comedy Central.

Who better than costume designer Christina Mongini to bring the show’s inebriated versions of events like Watergate and the Battle of the Alamo to life? The comedy vet has earned her chops as the costume designer for HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm and is about to go into production on season five of The League on FX.

We sat down with Christina to discuss Drunk History’s quirky aesthetic; its panoply of guest stars including Jack Black, Dave Grohl, Lisa Bonet, Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson, and Kristen Wiig; and the particular challenges of costuming comedy.

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From the LA Times: Leesa Evans, Designer of Bridesmaids!!

Oh, Frocktalkers, I am getting crazy with another project, so bear with me!  The LA Times has a great interview with costume designer Leesa Evans about her work on the upcoming Bridesmaids!! Check it out HERE! Have a great week and weekend, everyone!

-KMB

Susanna Puisto: MacGruber and More

Will Forte as MacGruber

Will Forte as MacGruber

As the night of the FIDM costume exhibit opening unfolded, we met up with Susanna Puisto, costume designer of the upcoming film MacGruber. She has designed many movies and television series, including How I Met Your Mother and Buffy The Vampire Slayer. We were so excited to hear about MacGruber, we asked her about a million questions! Here is what she had to say…

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