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

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Murray Close


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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