Thứ Bảy, 28 tháng 4, 2012

The Hunger games Fashion and Makeup

Jennifer Lawrence plays Katniss, a feisty brunette from coal mining district 12 who volunteers to be a tribute to protect her sister. Paired with an unassuming baker’s son called Peeta, played by Josh Hutcherson, the couple are whisked off to the Capitol and to the games, where they will fight for their lives.

The Hunger Games movie 2012 is one of the best movies this year but what was really amazing is the costumes and makeup. The customes in the movie were unforgettable, wonderful to look at and interesting at the same time. The designer Judianna Makovsky is behind all these amazing costumes,"I tried to stay as close to the descriptions in the book as I could,"  she says.

The simple beauty of the clothes in District 12, for example, recalls fashion's never-ending fascination with vintage work wear, authenticity and Americana, which is seen in "heritage" brands such as RRL and L.L. Bean. And the outrageous clothing in the Capitol brings to mind the see-and-be-photographed blogger culture that thrives on peacockish personal style and celebrates the kookiest among us, from Nicki Minaj to Bryan Boy.

Makovsky put as much thought and consideration into the low-key costumes for District 12 as she did for those in the Capitol.

She started her research by looking at photographs of working-class people from the turn-of-the-19th century to the 1960s in Appalachia and other places in America, particularly images by Lewis Hine and Mike Disfarmer. "We took the basics from that, the simple shapes of the clothes and the colors."

A pair of striped pants Katniss wears to hunt were made from an 1870s Levi Strauss pattern. Her caramel-colored leather jacket was modeled after 1940s styles plucked from costume houses for inspiration. It's not oversized, as specified in the book, where it is described as a hand-me-down from her father.

"We tried that, but it didn't look good, and she couldn't move her arms to shoot," Makovsky explains.

The Sunday-best blue dress that Katniss wears at the Reaping, as the lottery for the Hunger Games is known, was also difficult to get right.
We made dozens of different versions, some sheer, some not. Originally we thought it would be cotton, but rayon looked better. We found the fabric at the Western Costume fabric shop. And we bleached and dyed it to get just the right blue, and put some smocking at the top. It's supposed to be her mother's dress."

For inspiration for the Capitol costumes, Makovsky looked at Italian Fascist architecture and the work of 1930s and '40s fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli for her "sense of elegance and amusement."

Filmgoers get their first taste of the Capitol when Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks), the ambassador to the Hunger Games, arrives for the Reaping dressed in a bum-hugging fuchsia dress and a pink wig with a vintage 1930s flower hat stuck on. Her gold booties are from Alexander McQueen, whose work comes to mind when looking at the Capitol dwellers.

Effie is one part Marie Antoinette and one part Isabella Blow, and she can barely walk in her shoes -- which was intentional. "She is a fashion victim," Makovsky says.

The stylist Cinna, on the other hand, is more understated. "I wanted a simple elegance for him. I found the black Lurex Prada sweater he wears, and we built on that."

Cinna, whom we meet in the Capitol, conceives of the outfits that Katniss and her partner Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) wear to represent District 12 in the parade that opens the Hunger Games, and help curry the public's favor. Their glossy patent jackets have flames that shoot out of the shoulders (added in postproduction using CG technology).


or the "girl on fire" dress Katniss wears when she's interviewed on TV on the eve of the games, Makovsky was inspired by Orry-Kelly's transformative gowns in the 1962 film "Gypsy," starring Natalie Wood as an awkward tomboy who transforms into legendary burlesque stage performer Gypsy Rose Lee.

"I wanted the dress to be red, but not so covered in stones that it would look like something out of 'Dancing With the Stars,'" Makovsky says. The silk taffeta and organza dress has vertical pleats, so that it moves when Katniss twirls, and flame-like crystal embroidery. The dress is not really "engulfed" in flames, as the book describes, but the skirt does ignite (with the help of CG).

"I didn't want the clothes to overwhelm Katniss," Makovsky says. "We all wanted to go crazy with the costumes, but sometimes it was better to be subtle. It was important to be able to see the characters through the clothes."

The other contestans costumes

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