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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ComicCon 2014 is Fast Approaching!

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It’s getting to be that time again, Frocktalkers –  ComicCon 2014 is almost upon us.  This year, I am honored to be on a couple of panels sponsored by the Costume Designers Guild, and if you care to join us (and you SHOULD, because these panels are AWESOME), here is some more information!  Long & short of it:  Thursday at 5P, Friday at 1P, and Saturday at 11A, in room 23ABC – but read on!!

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Comic Con 2010 — TRON: the Alternate Reality Game

Sorry for the bit of bad language in the beginning there. This is an interesting story – it’s like The Amazing Race for Tron fans. Check it out!

– KMB

Sales-a-poppin’!!! Costume Sale Alert!

Get ready, Southern California – the venerated Starlight Theater (San Diego) in Balboa Park is selling off some of their costumes, just in time for Halloween.  Here are the details:

WHEN: Saturday, October 3 • 9:00 A.M. – 5 P.M.

WHERE: ON STAGE at The Starlight Theatre in Balboa Park
2005 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101 • 619.232.7827

ON SALE: Over 40 Years of Costumes!

• Full range of sizes for adults  • Vintage • Polyester  • Zombies – raw material pieces • Ethnic • Uniforms • Costumes • Boutique • Characters • Dumb & Dumber Tuxedos • Matching Sets (great for dancing!) • Shoes, Hats, Furs • Sewing Patterns • Road Boxes

We need to make room for next season’s costumes, so we are selling some amazing costumes from previous shows.  If you are searching for an unique Halloween costume, need costumes for your own theatrical show or would just like to own a piece of Starlight history – there is something for everyone.

Handicapped Access is Available at the Back Gate • all merchandise sold “as is” • all sales final • no refunds or exchanges • sizes not guaranteed• cash or charge only • no strollers please!

Be Green! Please Bring Your Own Bag!

— KMB

Comic Con: Day Three – Steampunks!

Detail of a backpack worn by Professor Jager

Detail of a backpack worn by Professor Jager

What is steampunk?  Is it a genre?  A special-interest society?  A sub-culture?  An aesthetic movement?  I think the answer is: yes!  Steampunk has its roots in the Victorian-era science fiction writing of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne.  Consider The War of the Worlds (1898), The Invisible Man (1897), and The Time Machine (1895) by Wells, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1872), Journey to the Center of the Earth (1871), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873) by Verne.  These books were revolutionary when they came out – it was the birth of science fiction.  Steampunk is born from this period – a time when the world was on the verge of the technological explosion that led to widespread use of electricity and automobiles.  Steampunk captures an era where steam (as a power source) held infinite potential, horse-drawn carriages roamed the land, and brass, leather and wood were king.
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Comic Con: Day Two (Star Wars Day)

The Dark Lord and his minion.

The Dark Lord and his minion.

Today at Comic Con was Star Wars day. It is intense, fanboy heaven, however you don’t have to be well versed in Star Wars lore to enjoy the spectacle.  I have seen all six movies, some of them several times, but I don’t know a Zygerrian from a Zelosian.   I arrived at Comic Con this morning with two children who have never seen the film, mind you.  That didn’t stop the older one from developing a deep and profound connection with Darth Vader, a preoccupation that started a year ago, possibly from last year’s exposure to Star Wars day at Comic Con.  If these kids can enjoy Star Wars day without ever having seen the movie, imagine what Star Wars day is like for fans.
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