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  • children are forced to fight to the death for entertainment. Last year, it surpassed JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series as Amazon’s best-selling books of all time, and the first movie made almost $700million worldwide. Lawrence plays heroine Katniss. “I love that girl,” grins Summerville. “I hope they include an outtakes reel with her madcap antics. She’s hilarious – absolutely no filter. And she has the most amazing body to dress.” To do justice to the book, Summerville scoped out fan

    “I LOVE Jennifer Lawrence. She has the most AMAZING body to DRESS”

    websites before she set to work on the costumes. The hot topic was the dress Katniss wears during a televised interview following her victory in the first Hunger Games, which has a surprise twist. When Katniss gives the nation a twirl, the dress bursts into flames and

    transforms her into a mockingjay, Panem’s symbol of hope. To create the dress, Summerville called on Indonesian designer Tex Saverio – who has worked with Lady Gaga – and the result was a magnificent Swarovski-covered corset with a chiffon-ruffled skirt. “It was a challenge,” agrees Summerville. “I’m really proud of it.”

    Summerville’s brief was to raise the fashion bar for cinematic costume design (pieces by Alexander McQueen feature a lot in the movie), but it was a learning curve. “Some of the looks are very intense and colorful – not particularly my aesthetic. My style is muted. I wear a lot of black,” she notes. “When my mom heard I got the job, she said, ‘How are you going to use that much color?’. It helps that I’m constantly inspired by people around me. I’m obsessed with Dutch designer Iris van Herpen; her designs are so groundbreaking. And I love Haider Ackermann – he’s a genius!” Given Summerville’s many successes, it is hardly surprising that she

    TRISH’s go-to pieces

    "I LOVE THIS versatile dress
    – I’d wear it
    alone or over skinny pants."

    “THIS JACKET IS the perfect silhouette.”

    “I WEAR BOOTS pretty much all year long.”

    Dress by Givenchy;
    Pants by Helmut Lang;
    Necklace and pendant
    by Eddie Borgo;
    Boots by Reed Krakoff

    recently won Costume Designer of the Year at New York Fashion Week’s 10th Annual Style Awards. “When I found out, I said, ‘Can you double check it’s definitely for me?’” she says, laughing. “The fact I get to work with so many amazing people and do a job I love is reward enough.” After three years flying around the

    world, she’s finally back home in LA shooting Gone Girl, an adaptation of the cult Gillian Flynn book. As she prepares to leave, I ask Summerville for the secret behind her success. “It’s simple,” she says. “Failure isn’t an option.” Katniss would be proud.


    Stylist: Sofia Catania. Art direction: Jon Wetherell. Hair: Terry Millet at The Magnet Agency. Makeup: Kathy Jeung at The Magnet Agency. Fashion assistant: Katrin Hoffman. Production: Asha Joneja

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