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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Burt Wonderstone: Interview with Designer Dayna Pink!

Olivia Wilde as Jane in "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone"

Olivia Wilde as Jane in “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone”

Frocktalkers, I am very excited to share this interview with you.  I sat down for breakfast with costume designer Dayna Pink, and we ended up talking about everything from Tenacious D to the tenuous work-life balance in our industry.  Grab a cup of coffee and join us for breakfast!

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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!!!


Dear Kristin: What Kind of Sewing Machine Should I Buy?

I received an email from Frocktalker Kyan with a common question:  I am learning to sew – what machine should I buy?  Here is my answer – read on!!

Dear Kristin:  I just signed up for a beginner’s sewing class and found out that we each need to have our own machines — any thoughts on a good starter machine? It is all looking like Russian to me!!!

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Janome is in the ER

Yes, in a particularly poorly-timed twist of fate, the Janome (aka Sewing Machine #2) keeled over on me today.  Poorly-timed, because I have a mountain of sewing to do on a deadline.  I went to the Sewing Arts Center (aka the sewing machine ER), but they were closed.  CLOSED! It’s like King Drew all over again.

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