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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Happy 5th Birthday, Frocktalk!

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Hey there, Frocktalkers – can you believe it’s been five years already?  I certainly can’t.  I started Frocktalk during the aftermath of the 2008 writers’ strike, in the shadow of the looming SAG strike that never happened.  There was no work, nothing to do… and I decided that I would take the opportunity to educate the world about our art form.  Five years later, our business has recovered and I am exhausted from too much work! All of the educating of the public has paid off (witness the birth of many other websites devoted to movie costumes) and for that, I am truly glad.  Thank you all for being loyal readers.  Your support lifts me up when I am tired.  Your curiosity about our art form compels me to keep going.  And keep going I will… just as soon as I make Thanksgiving dinner for 14 crew orphans and their friends!  Happy Thanksgiving to all of you American readers.  I am so thankful for your enthusiasm and your support.

– KMB

Happy Third Birthday to Frocktalk!!!

Hello Frocktalkers – HAPPY THANKSGIVING if you’re in the USA, and Happy Frocktalk Birthday if you’re not!  I would like to thank you for three beautiful years of Frocktalking – it’s been so nice to hear from so many of you; thank you for your support.  It’s my pleasure to share the art of motion picture costumes with you, and I intend to keep doing it for a long, long time.  I would like to extend a very special thanks to the person behind the scenes here at Frocktalk, technical wizard Matthew Nyquist.  Without his help and expertise, I would never be able to do this.  Counting my blessings today for so many reasons.  Thank you, everyone!

– KMB

Frocktalk Turns Two!!

Thank you, Frocktalk readers, for two marvelous years.  I look forward to providing you with more reviews and interviews – I have some really good ones to post later this week.  Thank you for your readership, your interest, your emails and your support.  Thank you for strengthening and celebrating the costume community!  Here’s to many more years to come.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, everyone.

— KMB

Happy Thanksgiving!

Dear Frocktalkers, I am wishing you and your friends/family a very happy Thanksgiving. In this difficult time when we have all experienced the economic meltdown, absence of work, pay cuts and/or lack of qualifying union hours, let’s look at what we have, shall we? We have our filmmaking/costume community. We have our art form. We have the freedom to walk casually down Santa Monica Boulevard wearing nothing but strategically placed feathers, if that’s what we want to do. By gum, we have unlimited creative liberty in this country, and even if Good Morning America drops Adam Lambert as their guest, he can still do his thing on The Early Show. That is what Thanksgiving is all about! This year, I give thanks for the creative freedoms we have (at least, in LA) that we so often take for granted. Now pass the cranberry sauce!!  Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!!

— KMB



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