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Katniss Everdeen Catching Fire Costume and Makeup

Updated on October 06, 2014

How to Dress Like Katniss Everdeen | Catching Fire Cosplay Tutorial

Katniss Everdeen's intelligence, bravery and fierce survival skills made her a wildly popular costume choice for girls after the release of The Hunger Games. In Catching Fire, the film's sequel, the Girl on Fire once again faces the horrors of the arena and her gorgeous new costumes will undoubtedly be just as popular this year.

This detailed, step-by-step costume guide will help you create an authentic, inexpensive Katniss Everdeen costume. Here you'll find costume descriptions from Catching Fire, photos of each Katniss outfit from the movie and budget-savvy ideas for creating an instantly recognizable Katniss costume.

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Katniss Everdeen's signature braid makes a stunning return in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Throughout the film, Katniss sports a variety of braided hairstyles -- both updos and half-up, half-down styles -- so plan to sport a braid of your own at the next Halloween party or convention. For those whose own hair isn't quite as long or dark as the Girl on Fire's, a braided dark brown wig is an essential costume accessory.

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen - Inspiration for your Catching Fire costume

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District 12 Hunting Gear - Descriptions of Katniss' District 12 wardrobe from Catching Fire

Katniss Everdeen District 12 Costume
Katniss Everdeen District 12 Costume

In the opening scenes of Catching Fire, Katniss Everdeen's tan leather jacket and knee-high leather lace-up boots make a triumphant return. While the Capitol's influence is visible in Katniss' District 12 wardrobe, her jacket and boots remain the same. The jacket, described in the novels as a cherished hand-me-down from her deceased father, is supple and weathered while her boots, designed by FRYE, are similarly worn-in.

Regardless of whether you choose to hunt down your Katniss jacket online, at a thrift store or in a high-end boutique, pay attention to cut and color above all else. The Girl on Fire's jacket is square rather than cinched at the waist and the leather is a rusty brown. These characteristics will set you apart from the crowd when you debut your Catching Fire costume.

FRYE Women's Melissa Tall Lace Boot, Brown, 8 M US
FRYE Women's Melissa Tall Lace Boot, Brown, 8 M US

There's a reason why FRYE boots were used in both The Hunger Games and Catching Fire: Quality. Crafted from genuine leather, these boots can take a beating and still look beautiful.

 

Hands down the most recognizable piece of Katniss Everdeen's District 12 outfit is her unusual gray cowl. The actual scarf worn by Jennifer Lawrence in Catching Fire was designed by Maria Dora and is not available for purchase. However, if you're handy with a crochet hook or knitting needles, there are plenty of inexpensive PDF patterns for sale on Etsy. Pre-made cowls are also available on Etsy and prices range from $50 to $200 for the most authentic designs (like this gorgeous Katniss-inspired scarf).

Victory Tour Outfits - Descriptions of Katniss' Victory Tour outfits from Catching Fire

Katniss Catching Fire Victory Tour Outfits
Katniss Catching Fire Victory Tour Outfits

Once Katniss and Peeta arrive home from the 74th annual Hunger Games, the star-crossed lovers are required to embark on a Victory Tour across Panem's 12 districts. Along the way, Katniss sports a variety of Cinna-designed (and Capitol-influenced) outfits. The luxurious clothing sets the Girl on Fire apart from the impoverished people of the districts.

The real life pieces that make up Katniss' extravagant Victory Tour wardrobe are precisely as expensive as you'd imagine. She dons the work of designers Barbara Lui, Helmut Lang and Nicholas K, among others, with each outfit adding up to hundreds (or thousands) of dollars. (The dark brown leather jacket Katniss wears when she returns to District 12 and interrupts Gale's public flogging is priced at $550!).

To get the Girl on Fire's Victory Tour look for less, combine lightweight layers, thick knits and faux leather while sticking to a moody color palette featuring blues, browns and black.

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Capitol Party Dress - Descriptions of Katniss' Capitol gown from Catching Fire

Katniss Capitol Party Costume
Katniss Capitol Party Costume

Katniss and Peeta end their Victory Tour with a party at President Snow's luxurious mansion in the Capitol. The Girl on Fire wears a detailed black dress, see-through from her thighs down and with a plunging neckline. The dress is also adorned with red feathers on the shoulders.

Ever Pretty Juniors Empire Waist Ruched Bust Sequins Long Prom Gown 16 US Black
Ever Pretty Juniors Empire Waist Ruched Bust Sequins Long Prom Gown 16 US Black

Add red feathers to the shoulders of this inexpensive floor-length gown to become the infamous Girl on Fire.

 

Reaping Jumpsuit - Descriptions of Katniss' reaping outfit from Catching Fire

Katniss Catching Fire Reaping Costume
Katniss Catching Fire Reaping Costume

When Katniss takes the stage in front of the justice building as District 12's only female victor, she dons a dark blue jumpsuit. The utilitarian outfit, despite being a product of the Capitol, is a nod to her home district's coal mining industry and hardworking citizens. For your own Catching Fire reaping outfit, choose a conservative, stylish blue jumpsuit, preferably one that buttons up to the neck. Accessorize with a narrow tan leather belt with a thin gold buckle and thick-soled, mid-calf black or brown boots that lace up the front.

1veMoon Women's Casual V-neck Sleeveless Tunics Solid Long Jumpsuit,Blue,Regular Sizing 8
1veMoon Women's Casual V-neck Sleeveless Tunics Solid Long Jumpsuit,Blue,Regular Sizing 8

This jumpsuit, while more fashionable and revealing than Katniss Everdeen's, is a perfect foundation for your Catching Fire reaping costume. The color is spot-on and, for Katnisses who love DIY, buttons could easily be added to give this inexpensive option more authenticity.

 
Sorel Conquest Carly Boot - Women's Cinnamon, 6.0
Sorel Conquest Carly Boot - Women's Cinnamon, 6.0

While pricey, the Conquest Carly boots by Sorel were actually worn by Jennifer Lawrence during the reaping scenes in Catching Fire. If cash is no concern or you just so happen to live in a place where snow boots are already part of your winter wardrobe, these beautiful leather Sorels are definitely worth the investment.

 

Training Center Uniform - Descriptions of Katniss' training center uniform from Catching Fire

Katniss Training Center Uniform
Katniss Training Center Uniform

When Katniss takes the stage in front of the justice building as District 12's only female victor, she dons a dark blue jumpsuit. The utilitarian outfit, despite being a product of the Capitol, is a nod to her home district's coal mining industry and hardworking citizens. For your own Catching Fire reaping outfit, choose a conservative, stylish blue jumpsuit, preferably one that buttons up to the neck. Accessorize with a narrow tan leather belt with a thin gold buckle and thick-soled, mid-calf black or brown boots that lace up the front.

Girl on Fire Parade Costume - Descriptions of Katniss' tribute parade costume from Catching Fire

Katniss Everdeen Costume Tribute Parade
Katniss Everdeen Costume Tribute Parade

As with most of Cinna's creations, Katniss' tribute parade costume appears deceptively simple at first glance. The famed Girl on Fire wears a couture floor-length black dress with a geometric neckline that, when activated, catches fire and shoots off a trail of burning embers as she and Peeta arrive in their chariot. Although Trish Summerville, the film's costume designer, did create a ready-to-wear version of this tribute parade outfit, it sold out within days of its debut (not to mention it cost a whopping $995!).

If you're handy with a needle and thread, the easiest way to get this look for less is to sew it yourself with black lace and red/orange satin. If sewing isn't really your style, your best bet is tailoring a shorter dress or ordering the pre-made tribute parade t-shirt that's currently available on Amazon.

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      • anonymous 2 years ago

        I loved it until Katniss entered the arena. The build-up was incredible, I would've done nothing to change that, but I just found the arena to be a bit underwhelming. Also the forcefield explosion I didn't like. Francis Laurence did a really intense build-up, and then it just fizzled out.

      Wedding Gown + Mockingjay Dress - Descriptions of Katniss' mockingjay transformation from Catching Fire

      Katniss Everdeen Mockingjay Costume
      Katniss Everdeen Mockingjay Costume

      When Katniss takes the stage for her pre-Games interview, she dons the white wedding gown she would have worn to marry Peeta had they not been forced back into the arena. The actual gown, created by Indonesian fashion designer Tex Saverio, is made from many layers of chiffon and organza and features a corset bodice clad with Swarovski crystals and metal flame-like embellishments. This Catching Fire costume is simply not something that can be bought in a store. Your best bet for an authentic Katniss wedding gown is to go the DIY route and sew it yourself.

      However, Katniss' mockingjay dress, revealed after she twirls, is not nearly as difficult to recreate as Katniss' wedding gown. The Girl on Fire's mockingjay dress is a floor-length sleeveless navy blue dress with a wide square neckline. Add some large black or navy blue feather wings and voila! You have become the symbol of Panem's rebellion against the Capitol.

      FashionWings (TM) White Wide Spread Costume Feather Angel Wings Halo Adult Unisex
      FashionWings (TM) White Wide Spread Costume Feather Angel Wings Halo Adult Unisex

      These are the largest black feather wings available on Amazon. Add navy blue and gray feathers to give this accessory a more Capitol-worthy look.

       

      Quarter Quell Uniform - Descriptions of Katniss' Quarter Quell arena uniform from Catching Fire

      Katniss Everdeen Arena Costume
      Katniss Everdeen Arena Costume

      • "This year's tribute outfit is a fitted blue jumpsuit, made of very sheer material, that zippers up the front. A six-inch-wide padded belt covered in shiny purple plastic. A pair of nylon shoes with rubber soles." Chapter 18
      • "The thin blue fabric of my jumpsuit lets the seawater evaporate easily." Chapter 19

      Panem's Quarter Quell uniform covers the tributes' entire body and is made of black and silver padded mesh. Given the unique design of Katniss' Catching Fire arena costume, you've got a lot of options when it comes to putting this look together.

      If authenticity is your number one priority, start your Katniss Everdeen Quarter Quell arena costume with a black and silver full-body wetsuit. An actual wetsuit, especially one as detailed and padded as the costume worn by Jennifer Lawrence, will cost you anywhere from $75 to $150.

      To get Katniss' arena look on the cheap, begin instead with a long-sleeved black unitard. If a unitard doesn't flatter your shape or you're looking to add something more versatile to your wardrobe, try pairing a black long-sleeve compression shirt with matching opaque black cycling tights. (For girls who love to run outside in cold weather, these items may already be in your closet). To complete your outfit, add the uniform's white and silver details with metallic fabric paint.

      Charades Women's Hunter Jumpsuit with Out Knee Pads, As Sample, Small
      Charades Women's Hunter Jumpsuit with Out Knee Pads, As Sample, Small

      This Catching Fire arena uniform replica is the perfect all-in-one Katniss costume. Simply add a silver bow and arrow and you're good to go!

       
      Eurotard Knee Pads (Medium, Black)
      Eurotard Knee Pads (Medium, Black)

      Your DIY arena uniform wouldn't be complete without a pair of black and silver knee pads. This outfit is far more futuristic than what the tributes wore in the 74th annual Hunger Games, so choose your knee pads accordingly. Bonus points if you can snag a pair with black pads and silver wraps.

       
      adidas Box Champ Speeds II (12.5 US)
      adidas Box Champ Speeds II (12.5 US)

      Though pricey, these are a version of the actual boots worn by Jennifer Lawrence while filming the Catching Fire arena scenes in Atlanta and Hawaii.

       

      Why Do YOU Love Katniss Everdeen? - Share your opinion about the Girl on Fire!

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          she is just so hot that there are flames around her damn sexy

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          anonymous 3 years ago

          She's brave, true to what she believes in and she loves her family.

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          anonymous 3 years ago

          I HATE how the movies have romanticized the movies with Katniss, Gale, and Peeta. She is supposed to be independent, but they show her like she needs protecting.

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          anonymous 3 years ago

          I love the Hunger games she is amazing. I now want to learn archery!!!!!!!!!!!

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          anonymous 3 years ago

          @anonymous: Dude get a life...

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          chris-plunkett-35 3 years ago

          In case anyone's interested her boots pictured above and the guys boots in the same part of the movie are actually Adidas Box Champ Speed 2 boxing boots.They've been modified by the look of it with different laces and a zip up the side for quicker on/off action than if they had to do the laces up every time.Oh and the tongues have been shortened as they normally come up well above the top of the boots

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