Hoorah! The Hunger Games: Catching Fire hits silver screens TODAY and we're itching to see the much-anticipated film, not least because of those wonderous costumes. We caught up with the film’s costume designer, Trish Summerville, who dished on her collaboration with Net-A-Porter and also filled us in on what it's like to work with J-Law and everything from girl-on-fire frocks to metal-cage bodices. Here's 5 things we learned from the lovely lady herself...
1. JENNIFER LAWRENCE IS HILARIOUS TO WORK WITH
'There’s so many great things about Jen, she’s very quick-witted and is so authentic that there's no filter or guard with her. That's especially great considering the position she’s in and what she has to deal with. She’s remained open and is really close with her family. She also has this amazing brother/sister relationship with Josh [Hutcherson], which always makes it fun on set. During the fittings for the film, she’d get so excited by the costumes, which is such a nice compliment coming from her who’s now doing so much red carpet. As for her personal style, it transitions from being bohemian with long flowy skirts to full-on Dior.'
2. JOSH HUTCHERSON LOVED HIS PEETA GEAR
'Josh [who plays Peeta] is an amazing human being and is so smart. When we’re shooting, he asks questions about the lenses and the lighting and when it comes to his costumes, he's very interested in what Peeta would wear and why. For example, we wanted to show Peeta's maturity so when he goes to the Capitol, he wears the same working boots that make him feel safe and tied to his District but they’re just more fashionable.'
3. EFFIE'S COSTUMES REFLECT HER INNER STRUGGLE
'Effie is part of the Capitol and is top of the fashion chain, but she also has an inner turmoil about the part she's playing. She never lets herself get comfortable so either the shoes are too high and she’s walking on the fronts of her toes or her waist is synched in too tight so she has to hobble. It helped that Elizabeth [Banks] has the tiniest waist!'
4. LENNY KRAVITZ TOOK HIS COSTUMES HOME
'Lenny is such a fashion icon and he really knows his designers so when I’d dress him, he’d say, 'Who’s this by? This is amazing.' It was great to introduce him to designers he’d never heard of before. One of the greatest compliments is when an actor says they want to take home their costumes. Usually you’d never let them because you have to hold everything for reshoots, but there was one Unconditional jacket that Lenny really loved so we ordered it for him and he’s worn it to so many press opportunities since.'
5. TEX SAVIRO IS THE PERFECT DESIGNER FOR KATNISS' WEDDING DRESS
I'd followed Tex's work for a while because he uses fabrics in such an interesting way so I knew I would use him for something at some point. I thought I'd use his gowns for an editorial shoot because they're so dramatic, but when this film came up and the wedding sequence happened, I instantly went to him. It's the perfect opportunity to showcase what he can do.
We had several Skype meetings and he would send me sketches via email to discuss fabrications and how to combine different dresses he’d already desgined. We wanted a lot of volume and yet it had to be very light so when Katniss twirls, it lifts and catches the air. I wanted it to represent flames because she's the girl on fire so Tex used laser cut fabric that gives it texture and depth. It looks beautiful.
Well, we say bravo Trish! Watch the costumes in action via the film's trailer below...