Thursday This-&-Thats: Archer’s Arm Guard

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!) ūüėČ

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:


2 thoughts on “Thursday This-&-Thats: Archer’s Arm Guard

  1. This is from Una Burke , a leatherworker from Ireland, currently situated in London in the UK. It was stolen from her collection after a photoshoot in London by an American Magazine who i wont mention and turned up 2 years later in this film !! She deserves full credit for the piece but alas the thief has neither given her the credit nor the piece back . Disgraceful bullying by a big American Magazine over smaller designers. You can find her and images of the piece @

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