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Hunger Games Stylist Talks Inspiration For Jennifer Lawrence's Fire Dress

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Awards season isn't just for actors and directors!

For those in the film fashion industry, the Costume Designers Guild Awards is one of the most important days of the year…

And that goes for Hunger Games stylist Judianna Makovsky, who crafted all the outfits in the movie, including Jennifer Lawrence's fire dress for Katniss Everdeen's official debut.

When asked about her inspiration for the costumes, Makovsky said:

"Usually it starts with the script and discussing the director's vision before you even get to the clothes. After you talk about the characters and the world that the director wants to create, then it's time to start researching costumes.

The one thing that [director] Gary Ross didn't want to do was create the generic futuristic world that's been done a lot in movies, with stretchy clothing and asymmetrical dresses, you know? Instead, we wanted to root it more in the Americana mid-century look, with very retro influences. I looked at designers from the '30s to the '50s and tried to figure out a way for the costumes to have their own look, but also maintain the feeling of that era. It's important that the audience can relate to the character, and it's hard to do that when it's in some sort of alien world."

As for Katniss' dress, she said:

"That was in instance where I branched away from the book, because it was described as being covered in stones. I was worried that covering it in stones was too over the top— we really wanted to keep is so Katniss' natural beauty could shine through, so that it wasn't the dress that was making her pretty. Also, we had to assume there were people hadn't read the book, so we didn't want to give it away that it catches fire. So after looking at everything from old Ginger Rogers movies to Alexander McQueen, we decided to go with a very useful shade of red and have the movement of the dress really start at the bottom."

We have a feeling Judianna is a big frontrunner to win for HG's incredible styles! We can only imagine how amazing the costumes will be for Catching Fire!

[Image via Murray Close/The Hunger Games Official Website.]

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