Keeping Katniss True to the Book: MTV had the chance to sit down with The Hunger Games‘ costume designer Judianna Makovsky, who talked about some of the challenges. The orange interview dress, which in the book was described as twirly and dripping with jewels, was the one that was the most challenging to bring to life. Malovsky told MTV:
I think it was the hardest because the description in the book was something every fan loves but, honestly, in my opinion, and in all of our opinions, it wasn’t going to translate. Having this dress covered in flame-like jewels, you know, it’s no longer about Katniss. It’s about the dress. Also, the dress has a chance, a very big chance, of coming off as cheesy.
It was going to be a “Dancing With the Stars” dress. I said, “I think we shouldn’t go that way.” First of all, all those jewels, it’s going to be so heavy it won’t twirl. She won’t be able to move or walk. People don’t realize that. I decided that it should really be about Katniss, and I wanted a young, fresh, modern couture cut, that when you first see her beautiful dress and she does her twirl, it does what it does. I mean, the bottom does have Swarovski crystals on it. But I really wanted it to be about Katniss.
The other big Katniss wardrobe moment is her “Girl on Fire” suit, which was designed by the same people who did the bodysuits for the “X-Men” movies. It’s made out of “novelty stretch fabric with embossed plastic.” While Makovsky had to tone down the interview dress, she had to add a little something to the “Girl on Fire” outfit, which seemed “bland” to her in the book.
We can’t wait to see it all come to life. Which moment are you most looking forward to?