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'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Gowns Resemble Alexander McQueen Designs

Elizabeth Banks' and Jennifer Lawrence's costumes look like pieces from McQueen's fall/winter 2012 collection. Is it a coincidence?

Hunger Games: Catching Fire heroine Katniss Everdeen’s (Jennifer Lawrence) wedding gown, which was released on the movie's official Facebook page this week, is a white lace and feather extravaganza with a bevy of ornate, unique details. 

But eagle-eyed fashion followers likely flashed back to striking similarities seen in gowns from Alexander McQueen's fall/winter 2012 collection. The same is true of Effie Trinket’s (Elizabeth Banks) explosive red ruffled number in her recently released film portrait, which is identical to a dress from McQueen's same collection. Is it more than a coincidence?  

Sources close to the movie leaked to THR that McQueen creative director Sarah Burton did in fact  give pieces to the film's costume designer Trish Summerville. Furthermore, Burton apparently made a few more creations for the film that we haven't been privy to yet — including a gown that has Effie covered in butterflies, right down to her eyelashes.

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It wouldn't be the first time McQueen pieces found their way into a Hunger Games film. In the first movie, Effie proudly wore a pair of the label's Gold Faithful peep-toe booties. 

And the similarities to mainstream designers goes on. In a shot of Katniss and fellow survivor Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), Lawrence wears a leather-trimmed silk moiré dress that strongly resembles a piece from Christopher Kane's Fall/Winter Collection.

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The second installment of the franchise, which will be released in November, is getting quite the fashion buildup thanks to the release of photos of the lead characters in their costumes and a Tumblr called Capitol Couture, which is devoted to the movie's clothes. Along with Effie and Katniss, so far we’ve seen Cinna, (Lenny Kravitz), Bee Tee (Jeffrey Wright), Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson) and Johanna (Jena Malone). 

The heightened fashion interest in the film also is due to the franchise’s new costume designer, Trish Summerville, who is known for her work on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The William Morris Endeavor client won a Costume Designer Guild Award for the film in 2012 and was nominated for a BAFTA, too. In addition to her costume design work, Summerville is also a noted stylist, with recent projects including a Tom Ford menswear spot directed by David Fincher and Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake's Suit & Tie video.  

 

With additional reporting by Merle Ginsberg. 

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