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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Hubris and the Credit Debacle

Hello Frocktalkers. It has been nutty here – I have been sewing my face off for a craft show, which, sadly was just postponed. I will post the date/time/location for the rain check – likely May 14 in Silverlake. It has been very time-consuming, however, so I apologize about my lack of presence here.

I want to talk today about the issue of costume design, and designer credit on movies. It has become a troubling phenomenon. Our costume budgets are shrinking (smaller amounts of money put toward below-the-line costs, including our salaries and our costume budgets) and as a consequence, many of us are turning to product placement to bolster the look of our films.

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Tired, but still here.

Hello Frocktalkers! I think I am finally done with this show that has kept me busy all summer. It’s hard to have a life when you’re working – sixteen-hour days, exhausted on your days off – and I have missed updating you on all the interesting things going on here. There is a PLAY on now in North Hollywood celebrating Edith Head. There is a Star Trek exhibit on now in Riverside. AND, I want to let you know about a product placement hookup for filmmakers, stylists and TV shows: INSTANTLY FAMOUS! Now, have a good weekend and I will be back next week with more news!

– KMB



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