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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Here We Go Again: Jadis

In what appears to be another sign of a faltering economy, and following the January death of its owner Parke Meek, prop and curiosity house Jadis is closing its doors and selling off its stock.  Here is an article from the LA Times telling us more about it.  Jadis (and its sister store Paris 1900) are landmarks in the Santa Monica/Venice corridor.  There will be a big hole on Main Street.

LA TIMES ARTICLE

Sale begins tomorrow at 11AM.  All you steampunks out there, put it on your calendar!

— KMB

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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20th Century Props Auction Starts Tomorrow!

Would you like a hand with that chair??

Would you like a hand with that chair??

Okay guys, the auction of 20th Century Props’ stock begins tomorrow. You can bid online, or show up in person. Today is preview day. You can pick up a bed of nails, a guillotine, some cool furniture, lots of Art Deco stuff, old signs, pool tables, taxidermy, and even a four-foot-tall cheeseburger. I will be covering the event tomorrow, so stay tuned for more stories from the auction!! It should be epic.

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— KMB

Comic Con: Day Three

This is Saturday, traditionally the most packed day of the convention.  The above photo is from when I tried to board the trolley at Old Town at 9:15 AM. It was like Tokyo rush hour… no one could even get ON the train; it was already full to capacity. In any case, I started my day at 8:30 AM and I am just now getting home at 12:37 AM to post.  I have so many pictures, so many good stories, and so many crazy things to tell.  I will tell you one story now, and post the others when I get back to LA on Sunday night/Monday.  The story I am going to tell you involves Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.
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