The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is officially in theaters tonight! Despite the fact that we've been anxiously awaiting this movie since it was announced that the Hunger Games series would be adapted to film (the second book was always our fave), there's another reason we're chomping at the bit to sit in front of the big screen: Katniss (played by Jennifer Lawrence) wears a jaw-dropping wedding dress in the movie.
The second installment in Suzanne Collins's epic dystopia trilogy is a dicey one: Life, again, is put in jeopardy for the 75th annual Hunger Games, a competition where children fight to the death. The film's protagonists, Katniss and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) need to prove that their love is legitimate, and what better way to do that than with a wedding dress to beat all other wedding dresses? (Seriously, just look at the stunner, above!)
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By the looks of the photos released thus far, the series' costume designer Trish Summerville stepped up the movie's wardrobe game a huge notch this go 'round. The eccentric Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks) reportedly wears Alexander McQueen (the same designer of Duchess Kate's iconic gown) throughout the film. But the sartorial centerpiece, Katniss' wedding dress, was crafted by a much less known Jarkartan designer, Tex Savario.
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Summerville told She Knows that she had been waiting to work with Savario for quite some time, but because his designs are so intricate and extreme, it was hard to find the right fit—until Catching Fire came around, of course! "His pieces fit perfectly because there's so much detail in them and they're not what you'd [traditionally] consider a wedding dress," Summerville said.
Photo: Courtesy of Lionsgate
The dress features layers upon layers of organza, thousands of Swarovski crystals, and silver flames (perfect for the Girl On Fire!). It also magically morphs, much like her flaming red gown did in the first Hunger Games film, into an onyx sheath that symbolizes Katniss's Mockingjay icon.
"I wanted to have a subliminal feel of flames and feathers to keep her the Girl on Fire while also representing the Mockingjay," Summerville said of her stand-out dress choice to The New York Times.
So while we're obviously overwhelmed to watch the game play out, it's pretty hard not to freak out over this to-die-for design. Watch the trailer below, and head on over to Facebook to tell us whether you're going to see the movie this weekend!
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