Of course Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) becomes known as the girl who was on fire, but before she is ignited, she’s merely meant to resemble coal. At the opening ceremonies for the Hunger Games, the tributes are supposed to use their outfits to represent their district and in Katniss and Peeta’s (Josh Hutcherson) case, that means honoring District 12’s coal mining trade. Luckily this year, that doesn’t mean stripping down and being doused in black powder, but rather emblazoned in actual flames.
While we’ve still only got that very distant view of what Katniss and Peeta look like in flames from the trailer, thanks to EW, we’ve got our first peek at their opening ceremony costumes pre-fire. No, this isn’t exactly what you’d picture if you go by Katniss’ description in the book – “a simple black unitard that covers me from ankle to neck” – but this look is pretty striking, as is the fact that Cinna looks to be holding the item that’ll set them ablaze.
If this is what the costumes look like before they become so magnificent that talk of them echoes even through the Games, I can’t even begin to imagine what the District 12 duo will look like up in flames. Costume designer Judianna Makovsky’s Academy Award nominations for her work on Gary Ross’ Pleasantville and Seabscuit are well deserved, but based on the images and footage we’ve seen from The Hunger Games thus far, you can’t help but to wonder if she’ll go three for three with Ross, or perhaps even win the award this time around.
Then again, Makovsky was also nominated for her work for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and while I find those costumes far more memorable than those of the 2002 winner, Moulin Rouge, the Academy disagreed. In general, voters do tend to pass on -- let’s call it more popular or mainstream material -- and honor the bigger stretches, like period pieces. Then again, Alice in Wonderland did snag last year’s award, but of course that was one of the biggest costume stretches there is.
Regardless of whether or not another nomination is in Makovsky’s future, as important as performances and set design are to appropriately bring The Hunger Games to life, so is the costume work and thus far, Makovsky seems to have done a standup job.