Monday, September 23, 2013

Katniss Victory/Coronation Gown

I am proud to say I did finish one costume on the original list I posted, and that was Katniss' Yellow Coronation dress.

There aren't many full shots of this in the movie. In fact, it's only in the movie for maybe a minute or two. She's either in the chair, in close-up, or very far away and fuzzy. Now, when the Hunger Games exhibit was in LA for the Blacksparrow auction, I was told this dress was not in the exhibit, but the red dress was. The exhibit was going to Chicago next, which isn't too far a drive for me, plus my family is there, so I went, and wore my red Interview Dress with the intention of getting my picture taken with it. I was somewhat apprehensive about seeing the dress in person as I'd be seeing all the things I didn't get right. Well, the red dress wasn't at the exhibit... and I wasn't too broken up about it because THE YELLOW DRESS WAS!! All those pictures on the internet others take of exhibits are great, but I myself have never gotten to really see a screen-used costume I planned to make, myself, in person, WITH permission to take pictures! The dress was in the open, not in a display (and I admit, I did lightly touch it just because ;) ).

Here's one of the pictures so you can see the whole thing: 
And more can be seen in the galleries of my Katniss costuming group on Facebook, Girl On Fire.

The dress has a base layer of a buttercreme color dupioni, several layers of a similar color tulle, a layer of a gold metallic tulle, and more layers of butter tulle. The dupioni I bought from in the buttercreme color. The gold netting is very subtle and after settling for some brassy looking stuff from Hancock's, I stumbled onto some more screen-accurate stuff.... at my work. *d'oh*. The butter tulle turned out to be the hardest to find because the perfect shade was not only discontinued at JoAnns, but the SKU re-assigned to a hideous neon-yellow so it was impossible to track down via inventory. Thankfully some friends in another state managed to find some for me :)

So here it is, I'm rather proud of it, and I really want to figure out how to do the crown someday :) I even have the peacock paperself eyelashes :D All photos by Bryan Humphrey.


  1. Soooo pretty! I loved this dress as soon as I saw it! You did a very good job, it looks exactly the same! And you also make a very pretty Katniss;-) I imagine you can actually wear this at an event, right?!

  2. Thank you very much!
    Yes, I've actually had a few people swear it looked like a vintage 50's dress, I'd love to wear it to a "muggle" event sometime! :D

  3. Wonderful! I love your dress and again I had to double-take to check it wasn't the identical original gown


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