The Costume Designers Guild Awards are fast approaching, and to mark the upcoming honors, MTV chatted with nominee Judianna Makoysky, who is the stylish genius behind the costumes in The Hunger Games movie.
Despite being set in a futuristic society, Makoysky told MTV that she and director Gary Ross chose to root the look of their costumes in classic, mid-century Americana.
“I looked at designers from the ’30s to the ’50s and tried to figure out a way for the costumes to have their own look, but also maintain the feeling of that era,” Makoysky told MTV. “It’s important that the audience can relate to the character, and it’s hard to do that when it’s in some sort of alien world.”
Even when creating the outrageous outfits for Elizabeth Banks’ character, Effie Trinket, Makoysky says she stuck with classic inspiration. “We took a lot of influence from Elsa Schiaparelli because we love the silhouette of the early ’30s and late ’40s, with big puffy sleeves.”
And as for Katniss’s iconic “girl on fire” dress, Makoysky admits veering away from the description in the book.
“It was described [in the book] as being covered in stones,” she said. “I was worried that covering it in stones was too over the top— we really wanted to keep is so Katniss’s natural beauty could shine through, so that it wasn’t the dress that was making her pretty.”
Check out some of Makoysky’s iconic Hunger Games costumes in the slideshow above.