Designing Katniss’ Wedding & Mockingjay dresses

Look at what paramour-novels on tumblr has been up to!  Designing Katniss’ Wedding dress and Mockingjay dress from Catching Fire for a 30 day design challenge. See the narrative below the images as she describes her work.

Design Katniss Everdeen’s wedding dress and Mockingjay dress inspired by the book Catching Fire, the second book of The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins.

Wedding dress:

Details from the text: “[Cinna] unzips the bag, revealing one of the wedding dresses I wore for the photo shoot. Heavy white silk with a low neckline and tight waist and sleeves that fall from my wrists to the floor. And pearls. Everywhere pearls. Stitched into the dress and in ropes at my throat and forming the crown for the veil.”

Suzanne Collins paints the detailing of the wedding gown and vividly in this excerpt for me. The bodice is tightly fitted, as Katniss’ genius stylist Cinna goes on to describe later, where seams run down from her clavicle to her mid-breast and begin again underneath and run to her mid-thigh. The low neckline is deeply exaggerated. I did add a sheer trimming on the outer edge of the neckline so it’s not as revealing, and there’s a cut-out covered with sheer fabric on her waist. I almost tossed that idea—especially for a wedding gown—but I reminded myself that Katniss lives during a different time than now and the offbeat fashion Capitol voted this dress their favorite. The sleeves of the gown were tricky. When I had first read the book, I thought originally they were only fitted long sleeves; it wasn’t until later did I realize that they’re described to be as flowing and open as they are. The upper arm is fitted with a seam running down the arm, and begins to become more loose at the elbow. The top of the gown has hundreds of pearls heavily stitched in, and falls slowly down the the silk dress like a falling and settling snow. The bouquet she holds is stocked with primrose flowers, rue flowers, one katniss flower, and dandelions to represent her “real” love for Peeta, which are the only yellow flowers in the bouquet.

Mockingjay dress:

Details from the text: “Charred bits of black silk swirl into the air, and pearls clatter to the stage… I’m in a dress of the exact design of my wedding dress, only it’s the color of coal and made of tiny feathers. Wonderingly, I lift my long, flowing sleeves into the air, and that’s when I see myself on the television screen. Clothed in black except for the white patches on my sleeves. Or should I say my wings. Because Cinna had turned me into a mockingjay.”

I had too much of a thrill designing the Mockingjay dress, the way Suzanne Collins describes it is exquisite! I spent a little over a good half hour drawing the individual feathers and their detailing, with the feathers increasing in size as the gown lengthens. As the Mockingjay, Katniss must lead Panem through a revolution, so I drew her with her bow and arrow so she’s prepared for a fight. As the shoulder ends and the gothic ethereal sleeves begin, the feathers become an ombre from a charcoal to a lighter grey, and eventually to a white on the underbelly of the sleeve, with the sleeves still being the flowing shape for her wings. The dress is the same design, with the same exaggerated low neckline and sheer detailing that is maybe hidden by the feathers. The veil is described as fitted and black, I’m just now wishing that I had made it a Spanish cathedral veil instead! 

I’m very happy with the results, let me know what you guys think! :) I wanted to fit the description as well as possible. & Hey, you can follow the rest of my fashion design challenges at my Tumblr! :)

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8 responses to “Designing Katniss’ Wedding & Mockingjay dresses

    • Matilda, READ. THE. BOOK. She already has, in Catching Fire. Try reading the book before incorrectly critisizing an amazing drawing.

  1. Beautiful drawings. Especially the mocking jay dress – thanks for sharing!

    Matilda : She does wear a mocking jay dress in Catching Fire. Cinna made her wedding dress turn into a mocking jay dress during the interviews for the Quarter Quell. Have you even read the books?

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