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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Adventures in Costuming: Street Style Blogs!

Hello, Frocktalkers. Whether you’re a student or a professional costume designer, you need to know about a few sites that will really help your design presentations. These sites are visual references of STREET STYLE, and you can use these pictures to describe looks that you’d like to emulate in your next film. Bookmark them now, and check in regulary! Here are a few great sites:

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More Photos from the FIDM Motion Picture Costume Exhibit!

Frocktalk reporter Hannah Greene hams it up at the FIDM event.

Frocktalk reporter Hannah Greene hams it up at the FIDM event.

Intrepid Frocktalk correspondent Hannah Greene has uploaded more photos from the event.  You can see them HERE.  Hannah’s photos include some great shots of the costumes from The Dutchess and Bright Star, so have a look, and enjoy!

— KMB

FIDM’s 18th Annual Art of Costume Design Event Photos

Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are

Oh, what a night!!  Really, it was so amazing to see everyone, all the costumes, talk shop with some of the world’s best costume designers… I am at a loss for words.  So instead, I will just show you some photos.  As I may have mentioned earlier, there were SIX Frocktalk reporters there last night, so we have wall-to-wall coverage, and I will be posting periodically throughout the week.  Here, for your review, are the first photos.  Enjoy!

GALLERY 1

GALLERY 2

GALLERY 3

GALLERY 4

— KMB

Saturday Night Fever – Synopsis

Review Date: 8-6-09    

Release Date:  12-16-77

Runtime: 118 min.

Period: Contemporary, 1977

Costume Designer: Patrizia von Brandenstein  

Tony Manero is a nineteen-year-old Brooklyn paint store clerk by day, living with his parents.  At night, however, he rules the dance floor at the 2001: Odyssey dance club.  Saturday Night Fever describes his existence, straddling these two worlds, and coming to terms with the expectations his family has for him and his siblings.  Saturday Night Fever is, in the end, much more than great dancing and an iconic soundtrack; it is about growing up, being accountable for one’s actions, and taking responsibility for one’s own life and happiness.

**  NB:  This film is rated R, and the plot described herein may not be appropriate for kids. **

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20th Century Props Auction – It Begins!

Today I arrived at 20th Century Props at 8AM with two intrepid deal-hunting buddies.  The auction was scheduled to start at 9:30 AM, so we used the remaining 90 minutes to do a quick preview of the items slated for the auctioneer’s block.  The place is huge and it is packed, floor-to-ceiling, with items that must go. The live auction is going to take place over the next five days, and then there will be a smaller, online auction for hand-prop items and other items that did not sell in the first (live) auction.
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