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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Unbelievable Couture Auction on Dec. 8

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Hey Frocktalkers – Wanted to alert you to the most beautiful auction of costume items I have ever seen.  It’s in Chicago on December 8, and you can bid from the comfort of your own home on these items.  It has left me breathless – over 600 unique lots of Victorian & Edwardian clothing, jewelry, accessories, tons of 1920s – 1940s stuff, furs, hats, shoes, handbags, lace, contemporary things… it’s stunning.  Please take a look at it here: http://www.susanins.com/

It’s Auction number 129, just click on the “catalog” section and then click on “complete catalog”.  OMG, you guys.  Spread the word.  This collection is so beautiful, it deserves a new home with people who appreciate it… people like us! I’ll be bidding, FOR SURE… will you?

– KMB

Last Chance – Lincoln Fabrics

Frocktalkers, a longtime landmark in Los Angeles textiles is closing. Lincoln Fabrics, having served the Venice community for 54 years, is closing up shop on Halloween. This is your last chance to get your hands on their delicious vintage fabrics and trims. And they have more than a million yards waiting for you!  If you spend $30, you get 15% off. Spend $100, get 20% off. Store hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10A – 5:30P, and everything must go. If you are designing a period show, they are stocked to the gills with vintage fabric, from 1950s-1990s, and it is gorgeous and cool. Owner Marlene Marcus can show you to the warehouse if you need bulk yardage or something really unusual. She is such a cool lady, and I am truly sad to see them shutting down after such a long time. Please stop by the store and pick up something extra special – the price is right, and the fabrics are excellent.  And thanks, Lincoln Fabrics, for all of your help over the years.  I will really miss you.

Lincoln Fabrics

1600 – 1608 Lincoln Blvd. (btn Rose and Venice on the East side of the Street), Venice, CA 90291310-396-5724; Open Tuesday – Saturday 10A – 5:30P

– KMB

Connecting to the Past with Needle and Thread!

Hello Frocktalkers, and happy Friday!!! I want to talk with you about something very close to my heart, and that is SEWING. As a costume designer, it is essential that I know how to sew – how else would I be able to design clothing or costumes?! Yes, a stylist can shop and pick beautiful garments from stores and showrooms, and put them together in a whole new way, creating a fresh “look”, but a designer starts from scratch. So, for you aspiring costume designers out there, I have a challenge: Get out your sewing machines and your scissors!!!

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Adventures in Costuming: Bettie Page Clothing!

I have lived in Los Angeles for a long, long time. It is only when I have a visitor in town that I see Los Angeles through new eyes. Such was the case yesterday, when I took my cousin (visiting from Sweden) down to Hollywood Boulevard to see the Chinese theater, the stars on the sidewalk, and all the craziness. Walking back to the car, I saw something that stopped me in my tracks: Bettie Page Clothing.

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