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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Tim Burton: The Exhibition – on tour!

That’s right – the artwork, sketches, and general genius of Tim Burton are making their way around our globe, thanks in part to New York’s MOMA and exhibit curators Ron Magliozzi, Jenny He and Rajendra Roy.  Next stop: Australia!  The exhibit opens today at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) in Melbourne.  The exhibit will come to Toronto’s Bell Lightbox at the Toronto Film Festival on September 12 (to coincide with the Toronto Film Festival).  And then… Los Angeles!  LACMA will host the exhibit from May 29, 2011 to October 31, 2011; wouldn’t Jack Skellington be proud!?!  More info from the LA Times HERE!


FIDM Alice in Wonderland Costume Contest

The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in downtown Los Angeles has a few exhibits up right now – one of which features film costumes and other garments inspired by the Tim Burton film Alice in Wonderland. Along with the exhibit, FIDM is hosting a number of events, including the Alice in Wonderland costume contest, which took place this morning. My. Oh. My.

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From FIDM’s Museum Blog: Interview with Coraline costume designer Deborah Cook!


This is really cool, guys – check out the FIDM Museum Blog – it’s awesome!


Alice in Wonderland-Mania!

From the NY Times, I give you this article about how Tim Burton’s new film Alice In Wonderland is inspiring fashion, art, and all of humanity. It’s a nice piece, and they talk with Colleen Atwood about her work.  Read on!



BEETLE JUICE: Dueling Banjos Review

Happy Halloween, Frocktalkers! In honor of The Costumers’ Holiday, and in honor of Winona Ryder’s birthday (today), I give you Beetle Juice!  Read on and enjoy!


Beetle Juice: Dueling Banjos – Chris’ review

Attesting that upbeat and silly often go hand in hand, Beetle Juice (1988) stands as one of director Tim Burton’s most cheerfully insane projects.

If its ménage of fantasy, horror, comedy proves too much for some, then the imaginative costumes by Aggie Guerard Rodgers and Bo Welch’s vibrant production design save the film from merely a cult following. Yet there is so much to see in Beetle Juice that the real enjoyment comes from re-viewing.

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Beetle Juice: KB’s Review

Release Date: 3-30-1988

Runtime: 92 min.

Period: Contemporary (1988)

Costume Designer: Aggie Guerard Rodgers

Beetle Juice is one of the landmark films in my life. There is “Before Beetle Juice” and there is “After Beetle Juice”. The film is important to me because it was the first film to reflect a subculture that I recognized firsthand: goth.

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Beetle Juice: Dueling Banjos – KB and Chris’ Chat

Earlier this week, I hid in a corner of the costume truck with my computer and i-chatted about Beetle Juice with Chris from Clothes on Film. We covered ‘goth’, Japanese fashion designers, what it means to be happy, and jumpers worn as skirts. It was lively! And I didn’t get caught playing hooky from the set!

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