“She’s a survivor, that one. She is.” In The Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen has to fight for her life, along with 23 other tributes, when she enters the arena. The costume Jennifer Lawrence wears might seem simple, but let’s be serious – this character is an icon in the making. Katniss sports her famous brunette braid, a black t-shirt, leather boots and a black jacket with grey piping. Costume designer Judianna Makovsky told Entertainment Weekly, “The main conversation that we had was that it would be practical… We were shooting in North Carolina in 90 degree, 100 degree weather – and humid. So we didn’t want to kill the kids! With Katniss, we started out not having a black jacket and ended up just like the book, having a black jacket.” Katniss’s stylist, Cinna (Lenny Kravitz), finishes her look off by attaching her mockingjay pin to her lapel. The odds certainly aren’t in Katniss’s favor, but we know the “girl on fire” isn’t going down without a fight…
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“They let you wear one thing from your district in the arena. One thing to remind you of home. Will you wear this?” The mockingjay pin from The Hunger Games has become as synonymous with the story as Katniss Everdeen herself, and a symbol of rebellion against the atrocities of the Capitol. The pin shows a bird in flight – the hybrid of a mockingbird and jabberjay, the fictional bird created by the government to spy on people in the outer districts of Panem, to report any sort of uprising brewing. For the film, former Tiffany & Co. designer Dana Schneider (pictured, below) was hired to created the symbolic accessory. She had previously worked with the movie’s costume designer, Judianna Makovsky, and is a favorite among clients, including Cher and Marilyn Manson. According to the New York Times, Schneider doesn’t own the copyright (the design is author Suzanne Collins and a Brooklyn couple’s creation) and despite endless requests to make copies, the jeweler only made four pins – three for the film, one for herself! Even though we can’t get one of Schneider’s original creations for Katniss, dozens of sites are selling their own version. Cafe Press has pages of accessories, as well as Amazon and Etsy (for all of Schneider’s success, she does actually have her own Etsy store!) This editor isn’t proud to admit it, but after I finished reading The Hunger Games, I jumped on the craft site and bought a mockingjay necklace, bracelet and pocket watch… hehe. But that bird represents bravery, honor, sacrifice, rebellion, survival and standing up for what’s right – in these precarious times, that is certainly an accessory we can get behind.
“District Twelve. Where you can starve to death in safety.” This editor became so obsessed with The Hunger Games after reading the first book in two nights (and then rereading it all over again a day later), she decided she wanted a mockingjay pin like the heroine Katniss Everdeen’s. After searching online and seeing some extremely overpriced pieces of nickel jewelry going for 5x their worth, she landed on this District 12 t-shirt on Amazon.com. It’s a juniors t-shirt ranging in price from $14.25 to $22.99. After impulsively purchasing it, the shirt arrived two days later, and I must admit – it’s my new favorite tee! It’s actually very comfortable, cool-looking, and long (it’s made of preshrunk cotton though, so remember it’s juniors – buy one size up from what you normally do.) The shirt is extremely complementary to the female form – just like Katniss is to female empowerment!