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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Costume, Character, and Games.

The Saboteur, video game by Pandemic. Costume designer: Kristin M. Burke

The Saboteur, video game by Pandemic. Costume designer: Kristin M. Burke

I’ve been doing a lot of research for the upcoming season of Sleepy Hollow, and I have to say – it’s giving me a lot of pause.  I have spoken before at length about the difference between costume, wardrobe, fashion and all of that.  Cliff’s Notes:  We are not the fashion police, and please don’t refer to us as “Wardrobe”.  At the end of the day, our work is about designing characters, and specifically the clothing that becomes the costume that tells the story about the character. Continue reading ‘Costume, Character, and Games.’

ClothesOnFilm.com – Interview with Joan Bergin!

Our friend Chris over at Clothesonfilm.com has posted a brilliant interview with Tudors costume designer Joan Bergin – she talks about her role on the show as a designer, how the show works, and how she arrived there!  Fascinating.  Good job, Chris and thanks for posting!

– KMB

2011 CDG Awards – Video and pictures

Lou Eyrich, Contemporary TV winner for GLEE

Lou Eyrich, Contemporary TV winner for GLEE

Hey there, Frocktalkers!  I was able to shoot (grainy, poor-quality) video of the acceptance speeches, tribute speeches, etc., and I thought you might like to see (hear) them!  Really, these are more for the words than for the pictures.  It was such a lovely night, and I am excited to share it with you!  Read on!

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New Kids on the Block!

Haleh Risdana, Kim Ngo and Anthony Tran

Haleh Risdana, Kim Ngo and Anthony Tran

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of working with some talented newcomers in the LA costume world. If you are looking for some help with your next project, I cannot recommend these people highly enough – they are wonderful, hard-working and have great can-do attitudes! Check out interviews and their websites after the jump. Put them to work, Frocktalkers!

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Shameless Self-Promotion: The Saboteur

Happy Friday evening, Frocktalkers. I am here to tell you about a video game I worked on called The Saboteur. Yes, as a film industry costume designer, I was hired by Pandemic Studios to create the look for their lead character in this game! Set in WWII France, the game follows Irish race car driver (and French Resistance fighter) Sean Devlin on his mission of revenge. It is beautifully shot, and the art direction is something you’ve never seen in a game before – it’s breathtaking. Really, it’s stunning. The game is available for PS3, Xbox360 and PC, and it’s rated “M” for mature. Check out the trailer HERE and a nice review HERE. And another interesting piece HERE!  It was a great experience to work with everyone at Pandemic, and I am sad to see them shut their doors. I look forward to another game-design opportunity, and I hope you enjoy The Saboteur!!

— KMB

So long, Hollywood Video.

Hi guys – this has been a crazy week. We start shooting on Monday, and have only in the later days of this week, received cast. So, we are scrambling with all four burners cooking, and I apologize for not posting more here.

I went to rent a copy of “Ray” at my local video store (the closest one to my house, at 1 mile away… in LA… ?!) only to find that the store had CLOSED. So now it’s official. There are no more video stores in my neighborhood.  None.  I’d have to cross a freeway and drive almost three miles to get to a video store.

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Costumes vs. Wardrobe

So, I was talking costumes with someone the other day, and we arrived at the discussion of the semantic difference between “costumes” and “wardrobe”.  The problem is, in our business these seemingly trifling semantics can be the difference between respect and trivialization of our work.  To many people, the difference between “costumes” and “wardrobe” may seem insignificant.  Many people see these words as interchangeable names for our department, but they are not.
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Michael Jackson: Costume Icon, part 1

1983's THRILLER, designed by Deborah Nadoolman Landis

1983's THRILLER video, designed by Deborah Nadoolman Landis

We here at Frocktalk mourn the untimely passing of Michael Jackson: musician, recording artist, superstar and costume icon.  I asked costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis for her thoughts on this amazing performer, with whom she had the privilege of working.  Here’s what she had to say:

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