Big Screen Wardrobe Review: Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Within moments of the opening scenes, I found my chest rolling with emotion, speedy streams of tears shaken out of me at every turn. In the midst of all of the Oscar-worthy performances reminding me of my humanity, the thought, attention to intricacy, and pure fervor that was invested into each of the Hunger Games costumes was deliberate in its indispensability. Ranging from muted, earth-toned pieces at the commencement of the film, to latter costumes that were boastful, wordless statements, each piece had distinct meaning.
Fashion has been described not only as a creative expression of he who dons, but as a direct indication of the intellectual, emotional, and even somewhat subconscious components that composes the person. So, what were these pieces saying about the characters we cried for during 'Catching Fire'?
Katniss' first outfit is one that spoke to me right away in it's simplicity. The opening wardrobe choice consisted of a casual but strong sweater-armor piece, soft grey clay in color, laying across her chest in an effortless, asymmetric rest. The quiet, drabness of color used for this piece was placed perfectly in the opening scenes, which could easily be perceived as symbolism as calm before the storm. Later, she removes the armor to reveal a soft, brown leather bomber, as if exposing skin, to demonstrate exposition and vulnerability upon her first confrontations in the film with President Snow. Espresso pants and dark chocolate boots complete this look translating strength, yet soft and reserved femininity.
The complete characteristic opposite of this costume, is the unforgettable morphing bridal gown, worn onstage opposite Caesar Flickerman during the quarter quell interview. The initial white state of the dress, reminiscent of something perhaps an ice goddess would wear, was conceived by designer Tex Saverio. The bodice of the dress stretches towards the heavens, mimicking the patterning nature of a shimmering deep-sea reef. This empowers her look with a multi-state appeal of the water element, further dynamizing Katniss' character. The skirt of the dress bellows out like waves of liquid snow, trembling and ethereal in the midst of her movements, before it's juxtaposing factor appears.
The dress transforms in a twirling wisp of fire, into a black, feather-clad gown. The wings it sprouts could be perceived as a betoken of her unique capability to transform and take flight in ways of intellect and action in the face of complex, challenging adversities.
Hunger Games: Catching Fire provokes us to view matters of societal dynamics and fashion by ways of innovation and subtext that are hard to ignore. In the wake of this eye-opening and visually stimulating film, we cannot help but wait anxiously for the third installment of this amazing trilogy.
Wardrobe for The Hunger Games : Catching Fire was styled by Big Screen costume designer Trish Summerville.