The Flame Costume
Now here’s something to make Katniss’s flame dress look like child’s play in comparison.
Michael Travis noted in the book that it was one of his most challenging costumes to create. It featured small mirrors all over the cape and a complicated ombré metallic fabric. Oh, and also 600 (!) electric lights. Yep, crystals were no longer enough bling for Liberace.
A man named Gordon Young was the person responsible for electrifiying Liberace. “[Young] had first designed a ring that would light up for Liberace’s wife who enjoyed opera, so she could read her program. He saw Liberace perform and after the performace Liberace was quite willing to sit around and talk to his public,” Soloman said. “Gordon said ‘Look at this ring. Would you be interested in some light up jewelry?’ and Liberace was like, ‘Well, can you light up a suit?’”
In the early days, he had to hold “an old timey household light switch on stage to turn his costumes on and off,” Soloman said.