I am not pretty. I am not beautiful. I am as radiant as the sun.”  In The Hunger Games, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) leaves her coal-mining district to compete in a battle to the death in Panem’s Capitol.  But she’ll have to make an impression to earn sponsors before she enters the arena.  Instead of showing the dark coal of District 12, Katniss’s stylist, Cinna, decides to show the fire.  Costume designer Judianna Makovsky used orange silk taffeta and organza with crystal embroidery when creating Katniss’s gown for her interview with TV host Caesar Flickerman (played by Stanley Tucci).  Makovsky told Entertainment Weekly, “In the book, it’s described as being covered in flame-like jewels.  Well, to me, that’s very dangerous, because it could be like a Dancing With the Stars dress… I just wanted this image of what I call ‘the Gypsy moment,’ when Natalie Wood comes out in the blue dress in Gypsy. She’s only been in these boys’ clothes before that, and you go, ‘Oh my God, she’s actually gorgeous.'”  Makovsky certainly achieved that vision – Katniss goes from the plain girl in the Seam to the “girl on fire” in this stunning sequence.  And the Capitol will soon realize it’s a flame that’s inextinguishable…


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