My Thoughts on ‘The Hunger Games’ Costumes

Hey Ya’ll,

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!).

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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.

Image source: http://www.j-14.com

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.
-Brian

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6 thoughts on “My Thoughts on ‘The Hunger Games’ Costumes

  1. I loved the movie and am now reading the books. Finished the first book and can’t get enough. I thought the costumes were perfect and definitely showed great contrast to depict the disparity between the Capitol and the districts.

  2. Saw the movie and reading about the middle of the book now. I’m at the part where she fell off the tree and is running from the fireballs. I thought the fire dress described in the book was excellent. The author really seemed to take time to describe the outfits in detail. I was fascinated by the makeup too.

  3. I read the book before seeing the movie, and I definitely think the costumes were created according to the images described in the book. What I think was not done well was identifying the citizens of the Capitol as superficial, frivolous, and egocentric – clarifying that they believe body modification and cosmetic surgeries make people more beautiful, that they have no idea what goes on outside the walls of their city. If these topics had been addressed more clearly in the movie, I think more people would have appreciated the work that went into the costuming for both the Capitol and each of the Districts.

    -C

    • You’re dead on. They did leave this aspect out of the movie, and they really rushed all of the scenes when the two tributes were being made-over and beautified for the games, etc. Which would have been the perfect opportunity to make these cultural differences clear. Thanks, Christa Mae!

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