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Trish Summerville just flew back from Hawaii, where she was doing pick-up shots for Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
But the BAFTA-nominated costume designer took the time on Thursday to tell The Hollywood Reporter about the cool costumes worn in some of the recently released character posters of Catching Fire stars Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks and Josh Hutcherson.
While many assumed that Katniss’ wedding gown came from Alexander McQueen (us included!), Summerville sets the record straight.
“Katniss’ white gown is by a designer named Tex Saverio in Jakarta. He is amazing! I found his designs quite some time ago and saved his information for a perfectly fitting project, then came Catching Fire – perfect!” she said.
This isn’t Saverio’s first time in the limelight. Lady Gaga wore one of the Indonesian designer’s gowns in Harper’s Bazaar in 2011. And Kim Kardashian is wearing one of Saverio’s hand-embroidered gowns in the March issue of Elle in a shoot that was styled by Gaga fashion director Nicola Formichetti.
“We did several Skype calls with sketches to work together in designing the wedding dress. I had seen a dress he designed with a similar metal bodice, and I wanted to incorporate it into our wedding-dress design,” Summerville adds.
She also pointed out the bodice, a Swarovski-crystal-clad “organza corset under a metal cage.” The metal pieces rising up are meant to signify fire and flames, while layers of laser-cut feathers at the waist and shoulder tie in the film’s “Mockingjay” concept.
The skirt also has numerous layers of organza and chiffon ruffles giving it grandness but still making it seem airy and fluid for movement. As Summerville explains, “This is very important for the twirling/ spinning Katniss does onstage, per Caesar Flickerman’s request.”
Summerville confirms that Effie Trinket’s red ruffled poster dress and matching shoes are indeed from the house of Alexander McQueen, as THR had reported. But she also reveals that Peeta’s suit is by a Korean designer that she is “obsessed with” called Juunj. “He is unbelievably talented,” she writes. “And Peeta’s boots are by Rick Owens. “
Summerville also confirmed that she is using some pieces from Clayton and Flavie Webster‘s L.A.-based couture line, exclusive to their Cerre boutique in West Hollywood. The design duo also worked with Summerville on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, supplying Lisbeth Salander actress Rooney Mara’s leatherwear and backpack, as well as Robin Wright’s wardrobe.
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