Hunger Games Fashion
So who isn’t excited about The Hunger Games opening in a few short weeks on March 23? I know I am! Even though I can’t wait to watch Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson play out that awkward adolescent chemistry on the big screen, I might be even hungrier to see the fashion styles the costume creators have come up with!
Fashion, clothing, and personal presentation play such a huge role in the series; it visually expresses the awful hypocrisy of the Hunger Games and the Capitol’s shallow superficiality in the future world of Panem. That’s why costume designers have had to work extra hard to get each outfit described in the book just right!
I must not be the only one who’s dying to see these creations because the studio has been slowly releasing a new image almost every month like a countdown to the opening, just enough of a teaser to keep us fans going. The first images we got were just of Katniss in her hunting garb, and then came the shot of her in a pale blue frock during the raffle— not too exciting. But then in the end of January, Entertainment Weekly exclusively previewed the shot of Katniss and Peeta in their charcoal black flammable unitards just before they become engulfed in flames! Shortly after that release came the shot of Katniss on stage in a beautiful red evening gown that looks divine!
Despite being a minor character, the most iconic fashion image released so far shows off Effie Trinkett, played by Elizabeth Banks, in a lavender, satin kimono-style mini dress with a pastel pink wig and dramatic white make up and falsies! She certainly looks the part!
Oddly enough, Elizabeth Banks has begun to take her part as the “fashionista” quite literally in reality, becoming the spokesperson for China Glaze’s new Hunger Games line of nail polish which features 12 colors representing each of the districts.
Playing the most fashion conscious character on set, Banks also had one of the largest wardrobes and longest prep time in hair and make up. According to InStyle, the character of Effie alone had three wigs: pink, green, and lavender! Over all, the costume department had to create about 500 wigs to outfit all of the extras for scenes in the capitol, and each wig is brighter than the next.
Playing upon the book’s blatant over-attention to fashion, The Hunger Games has got its own Tumblr, ironically called Capitol Couture, marketing the film and merchandise as if it were actually part of the fictional dystopia and inviting other Tumblr users to apply to become “stylists” and enter styling and make-up contests through submissions.
There’s no doubt about it; everyone is starving for more Hunger Games, which is rapidly turning into another Harry Potter and Twilight mania. The brand, which it arguably has become now, has attracted so much widespread attention that notable designers have even joined the bandwagon. Sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy, founders of the amazing fashion brand Rodarte, may or may not have designed a gorgeous chapeaus made of knit materials (District 11?) exclusively for the film, as well as a futuristic pair of deco patterned pumps.
And they’re not the only ones who want in on the fun. InStyle apparently asked eleven of their favorite designers from Christian Siriano to Tommy Hilfiger to sketch their versions of what Katniss’s fiery red dress would look like before it was released!
With all this hype, the film has a lot to live up to, not to mention the fact that it will always be compared to the novel versions. But I bet that if the movie doesn’t succeed to win us over, the costumes will!