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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

November 25, 2013 at 3:22 PM

About those ‘Hunger Games’ costumes

Just came from “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” (which I missed last week when I went out of town; my colleague Soren Andersen did a bang-up job reviewing). Good movie, great cast, serious tension — but let’s talk about those costumes, no? I could happily watch B-reel footage of Effie Trinket tottering around all afternoon, just for a better look at those ensembles. That butterfly dress — vintage Alexander McQueen — was killer; and that poodle-ish purple number with the Elizabethan ruff; and the wildly ruffled red dress with the matching shoes, as if a few ruffles fell off and parked on her feet . . . all a treat. Here’s an interview with costume designer Trish Summerville (who also designed “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”), in which she notes that Jennifer Lawrence needed a stool to tuck under the voluminous skirt of her wedding dress (so she could sit down between takes),  that Johanna’s elegantly high-necked interview dress was made from cork (because she’s from the lumber district, natch), and that the beautiful shades-of-‘Black-Swan’ wings attached to Katniss’s mockingjay dress were, alas, CGI.

 

Photo by Murray Close; courtesy of Lionsgate

Love Caesar’s purple hair, too.

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