Blahblahblah Hunger Games fashion blahblahblah second movie Catching Fire blahblahblah that AMAZING knit cowl thingy Katniss wears. Okay, now you're talking. Starting with: is it a scarf? Vest? Scest? Shawl? Cowl? Cape? Shaowlape?
Los Angeles-based Maria Dora was trying to make the heroine stand out without making her look like she was trying too hard; the movie's costumer, Trish Summerville, had explained that while Katniss was a Victor, she was conflicted. "There is money and status available to her, but she isn’t comfortable proclaiming her newfound Capitol association," explains Dora. "Trish wanted something that spoke of that duality — as if her mother made the cape by hand, but with the best material she could buy. The piece straddles both worlds — it has an uncommon, asymmetric shape, but it is protective and comforting... It’s a shield for Katniss, both figuratively and literally."
The original inspiration was an image of old fisherman after a storm, wrapped in blankets. "That mixture of survival and newfound safety intrigued me," continues Dora. "I wanted to recreate that layered and protected look, but from a more defiant stance."
What appeals to me about this piece is that even though it has apocalyptic, dystopian overtones, it's still creative and self-expressive - very characteristic of the Apocalytical fashion tribe and the fact they see a sunny side to all the talk of doom 'n gloom. After all, if the apocalypse does end up hitting the fan, if the era that follows means being filthy all the time and wearing nothing but gross layers and guns, count me out. (image at left)
Here are a bunch of exact copies of the Katniss "shield" as well as different variations for sale on etsy.
I recorded a podcast about this - I do hope you enjoy!
Music: The Complex - Kevin MacLeod, Incompetech.com
- Lesley Scott