May the odds be ever in your favor,
if not let the costumes be ever in the favor of the characters
Today I would like to discuss the fabulous costumes of the ever popular movie the Hunger Games. The costume designer Judiana Makovsky spared no expense designing costumes that tells the struggle and story of two heroes.
Let’s talk about the costumes that Katniss and Peeta are wearing when they are first introduced in the beginning of the movie. They are both wearing really pale, kind of drab, colored, 1930’s like clothing . The drab and pale colors, and the 1930’s style shirts, dresses, and pants that they wear represent their own suffering and despair in District 12.
If you really think about it. if you’ve ever seen a movie that takes place in a post apocalyptic society, you will notice that they are always wearing drab and pale colored outfits instead of something bright or bubbly. They also never wear new clothing and honestly look like they are living in the great depression. Wearing outfits with these things actually makes their suffering more realistic because it makes them look unhappy.
When both of them venture to the capital to participate in the Hunger Games, their drab and pale outfits become a thing of the past. Katniss and Peeta start wearing things that are bright and flaming hot..literally. This especially applies to Katniss’s famous red fire dress. Anyways, the clothing that they both wear actually represents the fire and passion that both of them have inside of them. Think about it, in District 12 neither of them got the chance to change things or experience new things . When they are in the capital, they get that chance. The costumes represents that.
Towards the end of the movie, Katniss and Peeta’s wardrobe becomes less dramatic and more subtle and average looking. This is perhaps due to the fact that they are not trying to present themselves to the capital and are fighting for their lives. When you are not presenting yourself or fighting for your life, you don’t want to be dressed in something fluffy, frilly, big or bright. You want to be dressed in something that is breathable, comfortable, light and most importantly average.
Whether the clothes are, pale colored, old fashioned, or just plain average, the costumes in this movie are truly amazing. Judiana Makovsky is a genius for incorporating the struggle and Journey of Katniss and Peeta into the costumes.