Film & Fashion: The Hunger Games

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I’m really not a huge movie buff. In fact, almost every movie I even like is based off a book series, so it’s no surprise I loved Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games. Aside from the fantastic storyline, I enjoyed the costuming most for so many reasons. First off, if you have no idea as to what I’m talking about, I implore you to watch the movie and get a taste for the phenomenal costume designing. In the first film, creative director Judianna Makovsky captured superbly the harsh difference between the rich city people and poor country folk of the new, post-apocalyptic world of Panem.

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The city dwellers, residing in The Capitol, had an eclectic and wild sense of fashion. I mean straight up wacky. Bold hair colors, avant garde makeup, and a funky flair on Victorian-style silhouettes. They were known to be outrageous, superficial, and painfully satirical–a mix between high-fashion and creepy. There some glimpes of Gaultier-esque and Schiaparelli-esque influences in the intricate costuming. The Capitol of Panem even has their own haute couture website and fashion week since they are so fashion futuristic. I wonder if the future will actually look like this?


Now, as the new installment of the series The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is expected to release on November 22 this year, the trailer shows glimpses of even more outrageous fashion. New costume designer Trish Summerville is bringing the runway to the big screen. In the first few promo snaps, we see the bizarre character, Effie Trinket, wear an Alexander McQueen number right off the runway. In the first movie did incorporate a few designers into the costuming, such as Cinna’s (played by Lenny Kravitz) Prada sweater, but this more obvious. Katniss Everdeen, the brave victor from District 12 (played by Jennifer Lawrence) is seen in a tragic, yet angelic gown, very reminiscent of Sarah Burton/McQueen. It has not been fully confirmed that these costumes are indeed McQueen originals, but the resemblance is hard to deny.


Many designer have taken a jab at this Marie-Antionette-meets-punk-pop-bubblegum-badass aesthetic,  such as Jean Paul Gaultier, but it’s interesting to see it materialize on the big screen, especially with a sci-fi book that falls into the category of “Harry Potter” and “Ender’s Game”. What I love most about this series is how they incorporate modern elements into the story. It says volumes about not only the direction of fashion, but the direction of fashion in films. What to expect? More fashion, fire, and drama as The Hunger Games: Catching Fire releases soon. Check out the trailer below and may the odds be ever in your favor!

Rida Islam, Fashion Editor


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