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! **

Tag Archive for 'vintage'

Unbelievable Couture Auction on Dec. 8

auction

Hey Frocktalkers – Wanted to alert you to the most beautiful auction of costume items I have ever seen.  It’s in Chicago on December 8, and you can bid from the comfort of your own home on these items.  It has left me breathless – over 600 unique lots of Victorian & Edwardian clothing, jewelry, accessories, tons of 1920s – 1940s stuff, furs, hats, shoes, handbags, lace, contemporary things… it’s stunning.  Please take a look at it here: http://www.susanins.com/

It’s Auction number 129, just click on the “catalog” section and then click on “complete catalog”.  OMG, you guys.  Spread the word.  This collection is so beautiful, it deserves a new home with people who appreciate it… people like us! I’ll be bidding, FOR SURE… will you?

– KMB

O Palhaço – The Clown

Review Date: 12-1-12

Release Date: undetermined

Runtime: 90 minutes

Period: Contemporary-ish

Costume Designer: Kika Lopes

Very seldom am I truly amazed by anything anymore. I’m getting older; I live in the big city; I’ve seen a lot of cool things in my life. Let’s face it; I’m getting cynical. But then one day, something comes along that just blows a hole in my reality, shooting me sky-high. Last night, that thing was the costume design of O Palhaço – The Clown – Brazil’s entry for the Foreign Film category at the Oscars.  Frocktalkers, you NEED to see this film!!!

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Angels, the Costumiers

Angels costume house, London

Angels costume house, London.

As part of my trip to London, I visited Angels costume house. Frocktalkers, it was amazing to see this place. I remember way back in 1992, I was interning on the Francis Ford Coppola film Dracula. Our associate costume designer Richard Shissler had made a trip to London to pull costumes for some of our massive crowd scenes. My job was to unpack the boxes that arrived from London. I remember gasping with delight and awe at the assortment of beautiful Victorian garments – many of them antiques, originals – that arrived. Where did these garments come from? Angels costume house.

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Last Chance – Lincoln Fabrics

Frocktalkers, a longtime landmark in Los Angeles textiles is closing. Lincoln Fabrics, having served the Venice community for 54 years, is closing up shop on Halloween. This is your last chance to get your hands on their delicious vintage fabrics and trims. And they have more than a million yards waiting for you!  If you spend $30, you get 15% off. Spend $100, get 20% off. Store hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10A – 5:30P, and everything must go. If you are designing a period show, they are stocked to the gills with vintage fabric, from 1950s-1990s, and it is gorgeous and cool. Owner Marlene Marcus can show you to the warehouse if you need bulk yardage or something really unusual. She is such a cool lady, and I am truly sad to see them shutting down after such a long time. Please stop by the store and pick up something extra special – the price is right, and the fabrics are excellent.  And thanks, Lincoln Fabrics, for all of your help over the years.  I will really miss you.

Lincoln Fabrics

1600 – 1608 Lincoln Blvd. (btn Rose and Venice on the East side of the Street), Venice, CA 90291310-396-5724; Open Tuesday – Saturday 10A – 5:30P

– KMB

Connecting to the Past with Needle and Thread!

Hello Frocktalkers, and happy Friday!!! I want to talk with you about something very close to my heart, and that is SEWING. As a costume designer, it is essential that I know how to sew – how else would I be able to design clothing or costumes?! Yes, a stylist can shop and pick beautiful garments from stores and showrooms, and put them together in a whole new way, creating a fresh “look”, but a designer starts from scratch. So, for you aspiring costume designers out there, I have a challenge: Get out your sewing machines and your scissors!!!

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Five Gift Ideas for Your Favorite Costume Type!

Artwork by Evan B. Harris, available on Etsy.com

It’s that time of year, Frocktalkers. Whether you’re shopping for a wrap gift, a birthday gift, a thank you gift, or a holiday gift, you can’t go wrong with the items listed here. If these aren’t enough for you, you can always look back at last year’s list, or even the inaugural list for more ideas. So, without further ado –

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Vintage Madness

A very interesting article in the LA Times got me thinking today about what “vintage clothing” actually means. No one can agree on how old a garment needs to be before it is declared “vintage”. In my (professional) opinion, a garment is “vintage” when it is 25 years old or older. It’s old enough to be off the shelves, and it’s probably cycled through the phases of “cool”, “uncool”, “unwearable”, “funny” and back to “cool”. In that sense, you can determine what is “vintage” by following what comes back into fashion – in magazines and in stores.

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Silverlake Art/Craft/Vintage Sale this Saturday!

Hello, Frocktalkers!!  Just wanted to let you know that I will be selling my wares at the Silverlake Art/Craft/Vintage sale this Saturday (June 11) at the Micheltorena Street Elementary School, 1511 Micheltorena St., LA 90026. It starts at 10 AM, and there are going to be all kinds of vendors – new stuff, vintage stuff, and FOOD TRUCKS! It’s going to be fun, and I look forward to seeing you there!  I will have all kinds of things for you – handmade bags, pantyhampers, vegan cookbooks, jewelry, quilts – stop on by and say hello!  And thanks for your support!

– KMB

Adventures in Costuming: WESTERN COSTUME SALE!

Hey Frocktalkers!  If you are in Los Angeles tomorrow (5-21-2011), don’t miss the big Spring Cleaning Sale at Western Costume!!!  It starts at 8AM and goes until 2PM, so get there early if you want the good stuff.  Here are the details:

Western Costume: 11041 VanOwen St., North Hollywood, CA  91605  818/760-0900 REAR PARKING LOT.  Credit cards and cash accepted. Rain or shine!

Thousands of items, prices starting at 50 cents! Vintage, Medieval, Renaissance, shoes and hats, and much more, in a wide variety of sizes!  This sounds like a good sale, folks.  Don’t miss it!  Have a great weekend, everyone.

– KMB

Adventures in Costuming: Bettie Page Clothing!

I have lived in Los Angeles for a long, long time. It is only when I have a visitor in town that I see Los Angeles through new eyes. Such was the case yesterday, when I took my cousin (visiting from Sweden) down to Hollywood Boulevard to see the Chinese theater, the stars on the sidewalk, and all the craziness. Walking back to the car, I saw something that stopped me in my tracks: Bettie Page Clothing.

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