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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Adventures in Costuming: Albright Fashion Library!

These Prada shoes.  These shoes.  Come on.

These Prada shoes. These shoes. Come on.

Frocktalkers, I have just returned from New York City, and WOW, do I have a find for you!!! It’s the Albright Fashion Library, and before you start thinking of a musty space filled with old books and magazines, let me tell you: it’s pure fashion. Not a book to be found. This is a place that lends clothing, and not just any clothing – top-of-the-line, first-run designer fashion – and tons of it.

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Albert Nobbs

Release Date: 1-27-2012

Run time: 114 min.

Period: 1860s Ireland

Costume Designer: Pierre-Yves Gayraud

Continuing on the theme of the sexual politics of dress, Albert Nobbs is a very interesting costume piece. Set in 1860s Dublin, our titular character Albert Nobbs (Glenn Close) is not at all who he appears to be. And that is, a she. For thirty years, Albert, a woman, has been dressing as a man.

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Updates! The Hurt Locker and Thanking Our Troops.

A few weeks ago, I published a mini-review of The Hurt Locker. It’s a gripping, moving film about US Army bomb technicians in the early days of the Iraq war. In the review, I mused about what one might be able to do to support our men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan. Irrespective of our individual politics and feelings about these wars, our soldiers are in harm’s way and we should do what we can to support them. Frocktalk tipster Janet provided the website http://anysoldier.com, and wow – what a great idea!

Anysoldier.com connects soldiers with civilians. Civilians can send care packages to our troops abroad. Soldiers volunteer to be distributors of the care packages, and Anysoldier.com gives the civilian the mailing address of this volunteer soldier. The volunteers indicate a “wish list” – usually including things like magazines, books, personal hygiene items, DVDs, games, American candy, powdered hot cocoa mix, hand-warmers, Tupperware, sheets for twin beds, dryer sheets, baby wipes… the lists vary from platoon to platoon. You, as the civilian, can send packages to the soldiers via their APO addresses (all branches of the armed services are represented). It’s a pretty great program; check it out! The troops will thank you!

— KMB

Manohla Dargis On A Tear!

OK, for those of you not familiar with Manohla Dargis, here’s the short version:  she’s a film critic for the New York Times.  In fact, she is positioned as the next Pauline Kael – the heir to the throne of film critics.  Notice I didn’t say “female film critics“.  Does the gender of a critic matter?  It does if you make her mad.  Here, Ms. Dargis lets the F-bombs fly, venting her spleen about the position (or lack thereof) of women in the studio system.  I must admit, I love Ms. Dargis’ writing, and I salute her for taking a stand.  That said, I have never been on the receiving end of her diatribes, and evidently man, sometimes it stings.  Ms. Dargis’ article (CLICK HERE) is thought-provoking.  Check it out, and stay tuned for more!

— KMB



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