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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Debbie Reynolds Hollywood Memorabilia Auction!

We all know that Debbie Reynolds is a Hollywood legend, but did you know that she is also a lover of costumes?  She is auctioning off her massive collection of costumes on June 18, and there is a preview of some of the items right now at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills.  Admission to see this exhibit is free, and there is free underground parking (in Beverly Hills!) so get on down and see it before it ends on June 17.  I went today, and was there for almost two hours – I took pictures of nearly everything.  In fact, I shot two CF cards full of pictures… and now one of the cards is reading ERROR.  I have posted some pics HERE and HERE so you can see these costumes – really, the collection is magnificent, and I am told that, of the hundred-plus pieces I saw today, it’s only representative of 40% of her total collection.  Simply amazing.  Enjoy the pictures, and get down there to see them in person if you can!  If you’d like to bid on any of the items, Profiles in History is handling the auction.  Click HERE for more info!  I will upload the pictures from the defective card as soon as I can!

– KMB

The Wizard of Oz: Dueling Banjo Review with Maggie from The Costumer’s Guide

Could not get licensing permission for Wizard of Oz picture, so Chachi stepped in.

Could not get licensing permission for Wizard of Oz picture, so Chachi stepped in.

Review Date: 2-15-09
Release Date: 8-25-39
Runtime: 101 min.
Period: Contemporary (1939) and fantasy
Costume Designer: Adrian

Welcome to Frocktalk’s first official “dueling banjo” review!  In this installment, Maggie, from The Costumer’s Guide to Movie Costumes, and I take apart The Wizard of Oz and look more closely at its costume components.  This is very exciting – an internet first!  First: plot summary.  Second: Maggie’s review.  Third: my review.  And in another post: our chat transcription!  Here goes:
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The Wizard of Oz: Dueling Banjos Chat Transcription

Could not get licensing permission for Wizard of Oz picture, so Chachi stepped in.

Could not get licensing permission for Wizard of Oz picture, so Chachi stepped in.

Maggie from The Costumer’s Guide and I recently sat down to discuss this iconic, beloved film, and the costumes and ideas that went into it.  This is a follow-up to our Dueling Banjos Review of The Wizard of Oz… and it just might be the longest Gmail chat in history!
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