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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A Million Ways to Die in the West & Maleficent: Interpreting History & Lore

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I saw two movies today – OMG, stop the presses.  I finally got some “KB Time” and took advantage of it.  Bolstering the box office numbers for this weekend’s biggest contenders, I saw them both.  There are some interesting parallels, in terms of the costumes, and here’s how I see it:

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Western Costume Co – 100 years, and in the News!

Western Costume Company is celebrating 100 years of service to the entertainment community, and the LA Times is all over it!!  There are several articles covering various aspects of Western Costume’s history – HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.  They’ve also resurrected an article from 1989 about the sale and move of Western from Melrose Ave. (the old location, close to the Paramount lot) to its current location in North Hollywood!  It’s a pretty spectacular set of articles, and big thanks to LA Times for recognizing the contribution that Western has made to our industry, and for sharing it with the world!  Check it out, Frocktalkers, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Western!!

– KMB

Western Costume Halloween Bonanza!

It’s that time of year!!!  One of LA’s most venerable costume houses, Western Costume, offers a selection of costumes to rent to the public for Halloween!  There are thousands of costumes from which to choose, and there are deals to be had!!  Western’s Halloween Store is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10A – 7P until October 29th, and then they are open on Halloween day from 10A – 6P.  Details after the jump!

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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

Talking with Mary Zophres, Costume Designer of True Grit

Mary Zophres has had an amazing career, designing some of the most iconic costumes in recent memory – Jeff Lebowski, anyone? She has finally been recognized with an Academy Award nomination for her brilliant work on True Grit. This longtime Coen Brothers collaborator opens up about the details of that project, and what it means to make her Greek dad a superstar back home.

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Cool Event Reminder: 705/892 Yard Sale This Weekend!

Just a reminder that this Saturday is the big IATSE Locals 705 (Motion Picture Costumers) & 892 (Costume Designers Guild) yard sale!  It’s going to be a scorcher, so wear your sunblock and bring lots of cold, hard cash.  There are sure to be some amazing things at that sale, because most of us are packrat/collector types… nervous laugh…   Here are the details:

Saturday August 29th
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

 

Location:

WESTERN COSTUME COMPANY – Parking lot

11041 Vanowen St. (cross street: Vineland)

North Hollywood, CA 91604

 

Be there or be square!!  And don’t forget to bring your resumes and business cards.  Mingle, schmooze and buy cool stuff!  Have a great weekend!

 

– –  KMB

705 & 892 YARD SALE!!!

IATSE locals 705 (Motion Picture Costumers) and 892 (Costume Designers Guild) are having a yard sale coming up on Saturday, August 29th at Western Costume.  This sale is open to the public.  We had one of these yard sales last year, and the goods on sale were amazing.  I bought a hot-pink marabou capelet for my little cousin for about $5.  Where else in the world are you going to find cooler yard sale items than at a yard sale hosted by costume people??!?!  Nowhere!!

Here are the details:

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Cool Exhibit Alert – Brokeback Mountain

Hello, frocktalkers – an interesting article today in the LA Times – the shirts from Brokeback Mountain (costumes deigned by Marit Allen) are on display at the Autry Center for Western Heritage in beautiful Griffith Park.  It’s a nice article about these important, sentimental, iconic costumes… read on…

LA TIMES ARTICLE

And stay tuned for another dueling banjos review this weekend – it’s a real humdinger!

–KMB

Cool Costume Alert! Seen at Western!!

 

One of my Frocktalk spies came upon these fabulous costumes in the return rack at Western Costume.  Aren’t they AWESOME?!  Evidently these were used in a play in London.  I can’t seem to get the back story as to who designed them, or what play it was, but they appear to be of a vague Napoleonesque vibe.  How cool that they colored this fabric with MARKERS to get the texture??  My spy tells me that the fabric is a heavy canvas, almost a cotton duck, and that all of the buttons, embellishments, etc., are drawn in with markers.  Inspired!!!

More pictures after the jump…

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