Tribute to a Tribute: The Evolution of Katniss Everdeen [Infographic]

by |November 16, 2015

Katniss Evolution of Costumes


Let's be real about Katniss for a second: the girl can rock all kinds of looks. From combat boots to sky-high stilettos, she transforms from a tomboy to the belle of the ball in the blink of an eye. She even manages to look like a trendsetter in her mother's drab blue dress on the day of The Reaping. It's safe to say that jumpsuits are a staple in Katniss' closet because jumpsuits are both sporty and elegant, just like Katniss! We know that she'll wear the red battle suit in the final movie, but we're also wondering, what other outfits will the Girl on Fire unveil? Will there be more stunning jumpsuits? Will she wow us by wearing any more couture dresses from the Capitol? Will her trusty Mockingjay pin stay with her ‘til the very end? Our questions keep piling up as the anticipation mounts! It's safe to say that we are Hunger Games fanatics and we'll gladly admit that we're obsessed with Miss Everdeen's wardrobe. If you're just as pumped for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 as we are, take a look at our infographic. We hope that it will keep you satisfied until the release on Nov. 20th!



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The Evolution of Katniss Everdeen

As the release of the final Hunger Games movie approaches, we're all patiently waiting to see if Katniss prevails against President Snow's tyranny, liberating Panem for good. Fashion fans are also dying to know the answer to one very important question: what will the Girl on Fire wear this time? Sure, we're dying to know what love interest she chooses, Peeta or Gale, but we're also psyched to see her sporting the new all-red ensemble. From jumpsuits to leather jackets to elegant ball gowns, Katniss has become everyone's favorite stylish heroine. She always goes off to battle looking sleek in combat gear that's fresh off the runway, thanks to Cinna's innovative designs. Plus, no one pulls off a side braid like Katniss Everdeen... no one. In honor of the trendiest tribute to ever enter the Games, we've rounded up some of Katniss' most iconic looks. We know that when it comes to fashion, the odds will certainly be in Katniss' favor. 

The Reaping Dress

The Hunger Games

The people of District 12, a hardy coal mining district, get a rare opportunity to wear something nice on Reaping Day. Mrs. Everdeen gives Katniss one of her treasured dresses for the ceremony. Despite her cynicism over the games, Katniss reluctantly wears the short sleeve, button-up, cotton dress. The iconic blue dress, which features buttons and a tie that cinches around the waist, manages to make Katniss stand out among a sea of drab colors. Even though Katniss' actions during the Reaping are unfathomably heroic, her attire proves to be classic and modest. 

Chariot Suit

The Hunger Games

Cinna, Katniss', and Peeta's stylist, succeeds to create a ceremony suit that gets the sponsors talking, but leaves President Snow speechless. the black leather jumpsuit has a flared collar and zip-up front. The "tough" look reflects District 12's resilient nature. It distinguishes Katniss as a worthy competitor who should not be overlooked in the Hunger Games. Cinna's innovative idea of infusing the back of the jumpsuit with fake flames results in Katniss' pseudonym "the Girl on Fire". The fiery design establishes Katniss as a fierce Hunger Games contestant who has unwavering pride in her district. 

Interview Dress

The Hunger Games

Katniss gets a taste of Capitol couture when she steps on stage in Cinna's latest creation. She stuns Caesar Flickerman's audience in an extravagant red gown. The cascading ruffle hem, the flattering strapless silhouette, and the seductive sheer panels help to create the illusion of fire. The interview really starts to heat up when Katniss twirls, showing off the gown's hidden feature: flames that engulf the skirt of the dress. This solidifies Katniss as the Girl on Fire and the girl to watch during the Games. 

Arena Outfit

The Hunger Games

Refusing to compromise style on the battlefield, Cinna dresses Katniss in an outfit that is both fashionable and functional. Katniss trades in her evening wear for comfortable and durable arena attire. She appears in the arena wearing olive green cargo pants, a hooded rain-resistant jacket, and brown leather boots. Upon entering the Games, Cinna bestows Katniss with the Mockingjay pin which she wears in defiance of the Games. This accessory gives Katniss hope that she'll be the victor in the 74th Hunger Games. 

Victor's Village Outfit

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

It's the piece of clothing that spawned an onslaught of knitting tutorials. When Katniss visits the Victor's Village, she wears a knitted cowl neck wrap. It's not quite a sweater or a vest or a scarf, but a rare combination of all these garments. The unique fashion choice drapes across the body, leaving one arm exposed. The asymmetrical design compliments the brown leather jacket Katniss wears underneath the cowl. This garment is both protective and comforting and serves as both a literal and figurative shield for Katniss. 

Capitol Part Dress

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Katniss reluctantly attends the Capital party that is created to celebrate past victors. Her dress, once again designed by Cinna, adds to the overwhelming decadence. Katniss saunters in behind Effie wearing an ensemble that illustrates her fiery presence and rebellious spirit. The black velvet bodice and motif of feathers decorating the shoulders creates the illusion of a Mockingjay. The feather embellishments trickle down the front of the bodice, while the dress' skirt is made from sheer black tulle. 

Reaping Jumpsuit

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The announcement of the Quarter Quell is devastating for Katniss. The days of wearing cowl neck sweaters and leather jackets are now over. She has to hand herself over to the Capitol once again and that means dressing like a dutiful prisoner. She marches on the stone stage for the Reaping wearing a sleeveless jumpsuit with hidden buttons and a breast pocket. Katniss truly looks like a futuristic convict in the navy suit. The tan belt clasped around her waist creates a feminine silhouette and serves as the ensemble's only pop of color.  

Wedding Dress

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The concept of a wedding is an idea that Katniss and Peeta concoct in order to gain the Capitol's sympathy. It works like a charm. Jaws drop when Katniss walks on stage in the wedding gown she would have worn on her special day. The wedding dress, decorated with a crystalized metal bodice and featuring a 25-pound taffeta skirt, stuns the audience. Katniss twirls and the audience gasps one last time: her wedding dress catches fire and the gown transforms into a dress coated in jewels and black feathers, complete with Mockingjay wings. 

Quarter Quell Arena suit

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Despite the objection from the districts, Katniss enters the arena for the second time, filled with rage and resentment. Standing on the podium completely surrounded by water, Katniss braced herself for brutality, wearing a hyper-functional wetsuit. The sleek wetsuit has silver netting on the sides, sleeves, and down the front. The sleeves are detachable and feature thumb holes to prevent the suit from riding up. Katniss wears knee pads and lace-up boots, which encases the legs of the wetsuit. She looks athletic and modern as she prepares for the fight of her life. 

District 13 Jumpsuit

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- part 1

The days of twirling around in fancy gowns are long gone. Katniss trades in Capitol couture for a stylized District 13. jumpsuit that looks as dreary as her ner surroundings. It's a simple look that forced her to blend in with everyone else, which is fitting for Katniss because she doesn't quite know who she is anymore. Confused as to whether she wants to aid the rebellion, Katniss falls in line with the rest of the refugees, wearing a gray button-up jumpsuit. The jumpsuit, which serves as a type of uniform, has pockets and belt loops. A fabric belt cinches around the waist, attempting to give Katniss a more feminine shape. 

District 13 Hunting Outfit

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 1

After much convincing from Katniss, President Coin allows her and Gale to go hunting in District 13. Katniss feels most at home in the forest, so naturally, she wears something that brings her comfort. Protecting her family motivates Katniss's every move, so it's fitting that she chooses to wear her father's leather jacket while she's on the hunt. The treasured brown jacket is practical, which is reflective of her demeanor. Of course, her gray District 13 uniform is worn underneath, she has reliable sneakers on her feet, and her hair is tied back in her signature braid. 

Combat Jumpsuit

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 1

When Katniss sees that the rebellion is necessary, she suits up for battle in harch black attire. She looks strikingly dangerous in rugged combat gear. Katniss wears heavy-duty black armor that covers her chest, shoulders, and shins. The protective shoulder pads have a wing-like shape, alluding to the Mockingjay symbol. Her gear is completely functional and fashionable. The outfit is a combination of District 13's utilitarian uniforms and the Capitol's haute couture fashion. The term "warrior couture" describes the look appropriately. 

The Red Suit

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 2

Scenes from the final installment of The Hunger Games series have been closely buttoned up, however we have a feeling that it will be the best movie yet. Why? Because of the single image of Katniss wearing red armor sitting on President Snow's throne. finally embracing her role as the Mockingjay, Katniss looks fierce and determined to create a better Panem. Wearing an ensemble comprised entirely of blood-red armor, we can only expect that this movie will be packed with carnage. Look closely, you will see Katniss is still wearing her Mockingjay pin on her asymmetrical breastplate. 


Well, which of these looks do you wish hung in your closet? What do you think of Katniss' blood-red armor? What other amazing outfits do you think Katniss will wear in Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2? Maybe you'll see your favorite in our Hunger Games costumes selection! Let us know all your thoughts in the comments below, and may the fashion odds ever be in your favor.  



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