And in keeping with the Catching Fire theme for this opening week on Cinemattire, here’s a really gorgeous accessory that could so easily be overlooked:
No, I’m not talking about lovely Peeta…. (who is definitely not easily overlooked!) 😉
It’s the rather extraordinary gauntlet Katniss is wearing on her right arm. Anybody notice this during the film? Nope, me neither. But I did notice it right away in this still.
It’s presumably inspired by an archery arm guard (very useful things for avoiding being “thwacked” by the bowstring, as I myself can attest to, being a former archer). Yes, I know, I know, it’s on the wrong side – but it’s clearly meant as a fashion accessory here, and not actually intended for the range.
I also think its style suggests the Roman Empire connection that is so blatantly – and effectively – alluded to throughout the books and films. There’s something rather “gladiatorial gauntlet” about it.
Any further input on this particular costume piece, anyone? I can’t seem to find any further info on it out there in internet-land, but I welcome any comments!
~ costume designer: Trish Summerville ~
* UPDATE! Please see comments below for some very interesting information, sent by a person who saw this post and informed me that the arm bracer in question was designed by Una Burke. Her website is here: http://www.unaburke.com