Last weekend, I went to see The Hunger Games and then a few days later, I saw an interesting article about the costumes in The New York Times. Click HERE for the full article (don’t worry, no spoilers!).
Personally, I thought the costumes were great. They were flamboyant, colorful, and for the kids coming from “District 12”, where they’re supposed to live in poverty and food is scarce, the costumes were supposed to create a fantasy. Yet, according to the Times article, a lot of people felt that the costumes should have been more evil… but why would the kids want to go from somewhere they live that is depressing and gray to somewhere that’s also evil, dark and gloomy? I enjoyed the contrast between where our young heroins were from and what the rewards were for winning the game. It helped make their victory tangible through the use of vivid color and created a world of excess far from what they were accustomed to.
In the end, I loved the world the costume designers created with the clothing in this movie. The main characters lived in a district of dirt and gray sadness and the big city and wild clothes provided a colorful and eccentric escape into a fantasy land, even if for only a few days before the games, I felt that it was the fruit dangling in front of them to train harder, play stronger, and win.
Have you seen The Hunger Games? What did you think of the costumes as they relate to the story? Let me know in the comment section below.
And if you haven’t seen the film, click HERE to see photos of the costumes from the New York Times’ slide show.