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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HOLLYWOOD COSTUME is Coming to LA!!

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EXPANDED FINAL TOUR OF COSTUME DESIGN EXHIBITION ARRIVES OCTOBER 2

Featuring costumes from The Hunger GamesDjango UnchainedThe Wizard of Oz and more

On view October 2, 2014 – March 2, 2015

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – This fall the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present the final showing of the groundbreaking multimedia exhibition Hollywood Costume in the historic Wilshire May Company building, the future location of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, at Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles. Organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A), this ticketed exhibition explores the central role of costume design – from the glamorous to the very subtle – as an essential tool of cinematic storytelling.

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Debbie Reynolds’ Costume Auction Prices Through the Roof!

The big auction of Debbie Reynolds’ prized costume collection was yesterday, and my, my my – the prices were astounding.  Marilyn Monroe’s iconic white subway grate halter dress from The Seven Year Itch went for $4.6M.  Add the $1M auction commission the buyer must pay, that’s a whopping $5.6M.  For a dress!  But it’s not just a dress, as we all know.  It’s a costume, and it’s a piece of Hollywood history.  Congrats to Debbie Reynolds on the success of her auction.  Indiewire has a nice article summing it up – read it HERE.  Looks like there’s no official tally of auction prices, but I will post them as soon as I see them.  Have a great week, everyone!

UPDATE:  Full list of sale prices HERE!  Thanks, Chris!

– KMB



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