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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Michael Jackson: Costume Icon, Part 2

I spoke with Mary Vogt, costume designer of Men In Black II, about her experience working with the King of Pop.  He had a cameo appearance in the film, and this is Mary’s story:
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Michael Jackson: Costume Icon, part 1

1983's THRILLER, designed by Deborah Nadoolman Landis

1983's THRILLER video, designed by Deborah Nadoolman Landis

We here at Frocktalk mourn the untimely passing of Michael Jackson: musician, recording artist, superstar and costume icon.  I asked costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis for her thoughts on this amazing performer, with whom she had the privilege of working.  Here’s what she had to say:

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Working, Working, Working

I have been working, working, working on some cool stuff for you, Frocktalk readers!!!  Tomorrow you will get to experience another “dueling banjos” review between Maggie of The Costumers Guide and myself, on one of our mutually-favorite films!!  I have also been scrambling to get a tribute to Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson together, as they are both huge pop culture (and costume) icons.  It was a sad day on Thursday, and our thoughts and prayers go out to their grieving friends and families.  Additionally, I have some great interviews up my sleeve, and can’t wait to share them with you.  Stay tuned for tomorrow’s Dueling Banjo review and have a great weekend!!!

— KMB



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