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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Remembering Whitney Houston

Sad news came to us last week in the death of singer, actress, and producer Whitney Houston. Gone at the age of only 48, her death leaves a big hole in the entertainment business. Not only was she an amazing singer, but she was also an actress – she made her big-screen debut in the film The Bodyguard. I talked with costume designer Susan Nininger about her experiences with Whitney on that film. Read on for more…

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The Artist: Interview With Designer Mark Bridges!!!

It’s been over eighty years since a silent film has won best picture, but 2012’s The Artist looks poised and ready for the honor.  This beautiful homage to filmmaking is stunning on many levels, especially the storytelling element of its costume design.  In this interview – which is PART 1 of 2 – costume designer Mark Bridges talks about his approach to the film, some of his sourcing, and his take on using fur on screen.  Read on, and stay tuned for PART 2 coming soon!!

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Adventures in Costuming: Memorylane.com!

The Winner Takes it All!

The Winner Takes it All!

If you have ever had a costume presentation to make detailing a specific year, including the trends, music, events and other things that took place back then, you know how difficult it can sometimes be to find good, reliable information and (more importantly for us) pictures.  There are a few places to check.  Wikipedia is usually pretty reliable for background information.  The People History has additional (though vague) information about prices of things, and a small blurb about fashion in the particular era.  There is some info on Fashion Era, but not many pictures of actual garments. It is difficult to get accurate photos (and lots of them) in one place.

Enter Memorylane.com.  Formerly known as classmates.com, Memorylane is a wonderful database of specific images on a year-by-year basis.  It is a searchable database, full of images and videos specific to that particular year.  No guesswork as to whether or not the poster of the photo had the year right.  It’s lovely.  Check it out!  And good luck with your presentations!

– KMB



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