Spotlight on Style: The Hunger Games

As a huge fan of The Hunger Games trilogy, I was naturally pumped to see the movie. I was especially excited for the costumes, and I wasn’t disappointed. If you aren’t familiar with The Hunger Games, check out this handy cheat sheet from Gawker. Huge props to costume designer Judianna Makovsky, who did an amazing job bringing the books costumes and cultures to life on-screen. Makovsky was also behind the designs for Pleasantville, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and Seabiscuit, all which earned her Oscar nominations for Best Costume Design.

From District 12 comes the despondent looks reminiscent of early-mid 20th century pieces. This is in stark contrast to the flamboyant decadence that encompasses the Capitol. Extravagance is the norm in the Capitol, filled with ruffles, peplums, bejeweled bodies (for women and men), wigs a la Marie Antoinette, and plenty of millinery.

Contrast in fashions: Effie Trinket (played by Elizabeth Banks) and Katniss Everdeen (played by Jennifer Lawrence).

Capitol fashion worn by Effie Trinket.

Inspiration drawn from Christian Dior's Fall 2011 couture collection, makeup by Pat McGrath.

Modern day designers such as Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, and Rodarte were worn in the film. Many of the pieces, such as Katniss’ ‘girl on fire’ dress, were handmade. Check out InStyle as fashion designers such as Tadashi Shoji reinterpret the ‘girl on fire’ dress.

“I am dressed in what will either be the most sensational or the deadliest costume in the opening ceremonies. I’m in a simple black unitard that covers me from ankle to neck. Shiny leather boots lace up to my knees. But it’s the fluttering cape made of streams of orange, yellow, and red and the matching headpiece that define this costume. Cinna plans to light them on fire just before our chariot rolls into the streets.” – Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins.

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For more Capitol fashion, visit Capitol Couture, a clever Tumblr blog from the makers of the movie. For red carpet looks worn by star Jennifer Lawrence, visit the EW gallery.



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