Q&A: Hunger Games Costume Designer Judianna Makovsky

The mind behind the epic film's wardrobe on her retro inspiration.

The Hunger Games costumes

The Hunger Games is a unique fashion universe, starkly contrasting the dirt-poor working class with the outlandishly dressed fashion victims of The Capitol. Costume designer Judianna Makovsky talks to us about her vision for the not-so-distant future.

You’ve developed fashion for such a wide range of cinematic worlds: Harry Potter, National Treasure, X-Men. How was The Hunger Games unique?
It’s not a real period, per se – it’s in the future, not too far in the future, but we didn’t want it to be a futuristic movie. And also, I think the book is very retro. The Capitol is run by coal, you know? So when we looked at District Twelve, we looked at all the famous coal-mining town photographs from the turn of the century up. When we get to the Capitol, I was very influenced by Schiaparelli, and sort of went one step further.

When you were working with Jennifer Lawrence, was there anything unique to dressing her that you kept in mind?
The only thing is that everything bothers her feet. So we made a lot of shoes to make her comfortable. We had to keep re-making them.

How true is the film to the book?
You want to please everyone, but everyone remembers things differently. I remember having this conversation with the first group of little children that came to see the set of Harry Potter. One little girl said to me, “You made a mistake! McGonagall’s supposed to be in purple! You made a mistake!” And I went, “Well actually, if you read the book, she’s wearing green.”