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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Podcast Interview with Beasts of the Southern Wild Designer Stephani Lewis

New website alert:  Costume Cafe – www.costumecafepodcast.com – is bringing you podcasts – interviews, stories, etc. – related to our field.  Colleen Monroe, the woman behind Costume Cafe, interviewed Beasts of the Southern Wild costume designer Stephani Lewis recently and you can listen on iTunes for free!!  Thanks for the nice work, Colleen, and we will keep listening for more!!!

– KMB

The Help: Interview With Designer Sharen Davis!

Happy weekend, everyone!  I hope that you have had a chance to see The Help – it is a very interesting and thought-provoking movie, and I have had the great good fortune to talk with (twice-Oscar-nominated) costume designer Sharen Davis about her work on this movie – AND she gave me some sketches to share with you!!!  I screened the film for my mom, and she went crazy about the hair!!  Sharen answers all of my (and my mom’s) questions, after the jump!  Read on!

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Adventures in Costuming: The Big Muddy Film Festival!

Hello Frocktalkers – hope you had a good weekend! I am back from Carbondale, Illinois, where I spent a few days serving as a juror for the Big Muddy Film Festival. It was a total blast, and I am so inspired by the work I saw there. In total, I think I saw 52 films in about 48 hours (give or take some hours for sleep). Some of them were shorts, but there were many, many 60+ minute films. It was a lot to see, but boy was it fun. We announced the winners on Saturday night, via Beatles Rock Band, singing the titles of the winners. It was awesome.

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Steampunks Elucidate Their Universe!

Professor Jager, detail

Professor Jager, detail

It is with great pleasure that I present to you this evening, an interview with some of Southern California’s most prominent Steampunks.  Here, we get to the heart of Steampunkiness – the hows, whats, and whys of it all.  Never before has there been such clarity!  I am deeply appreciative that they took the time to answer these questions, so we can all learn a little bit more about this beautiful costume aesthetic.  Answers below are from Gail Folsom, Andrew Fogel (a.k.a. Baron von Fogel) , and Nick Baumann (a.k.a. Crackitus Potts).  Read on…
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