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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Interview: Mark Bridges – The Master

I am a very lucky girl to be able to bring you interviews like this one.  I sat down for breakfast with costume designer Mark Bridges yesterday, and have transcribed our conversation for you.  Please grab a cup of coffee and join us, won’t you?  Mark tells me all about The Master, his methodology, and merkins.  Yes, merkins.  I enjoyed this so much, I hope to bring you other breakfast-style interviews in the future.  Big thanks to Mark for joining me for some toad-in-the-hole and coffee – it was lovely, and very entertaining!  Please note that there are spoilers in this interview, so if you want to be surprised by the film, read this after you see it!  But if you can’t wait… read on~

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Working Class Costumes: Let the Debate Begin

Is it still "Blue Collar" if it's fur?

Is it still "Blue Collar" if it's fur?

Eagle-Eyed Frocktalk tipster Lisa pointed this article out to me today.  It’s from our friends over at Jezebel, who put their spin on this article from Slate.  The Slate article complains about beautiful Hollywood stars trying (and failing) to look working class in movies.  I must warn you, not all the content in the articles is particularly nice or flattering to costume designers, but I think it’s important that we read these articles and think about these issues.  Slate went so far as to post a slideshow about the subject HERE.  Clearly no one at Slate has designed costumes for a movie, because if they had, they certainly would know what it feels like to receive five pages of notes from studio executives asking to make the actress look “less schlumpy” and “more attractive”, even though she is working class, blue collar, to’ up from the flo’ up, and dirt poor.  Of particular interest (to me anyway), are the comments on these articles.  Check it out, and let the discussion begin!

** UPDATE!!! – I wrote a letter to Sadie Stein, the author of the Jezebel article!  Read it after the jump! **

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