What Was the Biggest Obstacle for The Hunger Games's Costumer?

03/20/2012 at 06:00 PM ET

Hunger Games
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The Hunger Games‘s costumes are fiery, complicated and “torturous” — but the challenge of designing them paled in comparison to the discomfort of wearing them in the unrelenting North Carolina heat.

“The biggest problem was the weather,” the film’s costume designer, Judianna Makovsky, tells The Cut. “It was 90, more like 100 degrees, and 100 percent humidity.”

Makovsky — who designed costumes for the first Harry Potter films — admits she hadn’t initially read The Hunger Games books, but once director Gary Ross offered her the job, she dove right in — and loved them. But reading them also scared her just a bit. “My immediate thought was, ‘Oh dear, how do I do all that?'” she recalls of imagining the over-the-top costumes.

The job was all the more complicated thanks to the stars’ difficult schedules. “A lot of the actors were unavailable for fittings,” she reveals. “Thank god for the age of the Internet. We could send ideas back and forth, talk on the phone, but a lot of the actors — not Jennifer [Lawrence] and definitely not Elizabeth [Banks] — their clothes were made without them, and they arrived, like, two days before. We were like, ‘We hope this works.'” (Spoiler: We hear it does!)

For more with Makovsky — including details on Banks’s killer shoes — visit The Cut.


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PLEASE do not forget the cteohls in the washer that need to go in the dryer!!! haha… I so have an issue with that and have to rewash all the time!). I have experienced the wide range of emotions you write about and I am happy to report that TRUE LOVE and HAPPINESS wins out most of the time… of course I am a Mom and I have my moments when I totally stress about the future… you know the scary part… but I try to refocus and live in the present. Your blog helps me do this. Thank you.Thank you for sharing your life with Lainey and Nella. Thank you for all that you are doing to be a great advocate for sweet Nella, my Avery and the entire Ds community. Please know “Team Routzahn” is in Maryland doing our part as well and we think of Nella often :-) We know with people like you, Phil & Brooke May (Deedah), the awesome people we have met in our local FRIENDS group all doing their part the future is so bright and awesome for our kiddos. Enjoy this wonderful week! Happy 1st Birthday Nella! XO,KatiePS- My sweet girl is at 2:41 in the video… have watched a zillion times and cry happy and hopeful tears each time. Sorry to be so long winded!

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