Hunger Games Costumes: The Girl on Fire

April 9th, 2012 at 6:00 pm . Posted in Thoughts on Sewing .

H = Hunger Games

If you follow me on Twitter, you may have noticed that I LOVED reading the Hunger Games books — they were absolutely captivating.

(SPOILER ALERT: Probably don’t read ahead if you plan to read the books or see the movie but haven’t yet.)

Although I usually love books much more than movies based on books, I was excited to see The Hunger Games film in the theater when it came out, partially because I was really interested in seeing how they pulled off Katniss’ costumes — she is, after all, “the girl on fire.”

In the stories, Cinna is portrayed as an amazing stylist, and I kept imagining how his fiery costume designs would come to life on screen.

To be honest, I was disappointed in Katniss’ chariot and interview ensembles in the movie, but I suppose it’s hard to pull off the magnificence of clothes that are literally aflame or a mesmerizing dress that looks ablaze with just a twirl.

I couldn’t find a good picture of Katniss and Peeta on the chariot with their costumes on fire (and after reading the book, it was disappointing in the movie anyway — at least to me), but this picture shows the top half of these costumes, which are quite dramatic — almost reptilian? — in their own way.

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Katniss’ interview dress in the film wasn’t as breathtaking as I wanted it to be either, but it was still reminiscent of fire and flames.

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In my search for costume pictures, I also found this photo of Jennifer Lawrence in a perfect girl-on-fire dress, which I think is incredibly striking — much more so than the dress in the movie.

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In Style also shared fashion designers’ drawings of the famous “fire dress,” and there were some really interesting interpretations of it. The three by Christian Siriano, Charlotte Ronson and BCBGeneration were my favorites, but if you’re a fan of Hunger Games, sewing or fashion design, it’s worth flipping through the slideshow to see all 12. Charlotte Ronson’s especially struck me because Katniss still looks like just a scared girl someone dressed up, and that’s exactly how it should be.

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Katniss’ wardrobe in The Hunger Games was quite something, but the dress I REALLY can’t wait to see actualized on screen is her wedding dress in Catching Fire, which magically transforms into a mockingjay costume. It sounds astounding, but I’ll have to wait until 2013 for that spectacle…

What did you think of the costumes for the girl on fire?

6 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Katherine
    Apr 10, 2012 @ 9:24 am

    I was also disappointed in this scene! When I first left the movie, I was okay with it. Not as good as the book, but for a movie interpretation, pretty good. After taking some time to think about it and from talking with friends, I’m a little more disappointed, but I can put my finger on the reason: Urgency and passion. The whole movie lacked the urgency and push that the book did, as well as the passion. You don’t get the passion when Katniss tries to save Rue, or when she’s falling for Peter, or when there racing for their lives.

    Back to the fashion…. They have CG capabilities for a movie. If they can make dragons look realistic, they can set a girl on fire for goodness sakes! I like the sketches from Nicole Miller and Christian Cota—Others just missed the mark, Ala Tommy Hilfiger. Really TH? Shameful.


    • Kelly
      Apr 10, 2012 @ 11:29 am

      Yes, I totally agree with you about the lack of urgency or passion. The books were just so good!


  2. Debbie
    Apr 10, 2012 @ 12:42 pm

    Read the book, but haven’t seen the movie yet. I tend to like books better than movies anyhow. Off to check out the designer’s takes on the dress. I’m sure it will be interesting. -Debbie


    • Kelly
      Apr 10, 2012 @ 5:43 pm

      I’ve typically a fan of books over movies, too!


  3. Tammy
    Apr 10, 2012 @ 4:08 pm

    Just wanted to let you know that I shared the link to your blog in my “I” post today.

    tammy at


    • Kelly
      Apr 10, 2012 @ 5:24 pm

      Hi Tammy! Thanks so much — I feel honored to be included in the post 🙂


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