“They let you wear one thing from your district in the arena. One thing to remind you of home. Will you wear this?” The mockingjay pin from The Hunger Games has become as synonymous with the story as Katniss Everdeen herself, and a symbol of rebellion against the atrocities of the Capitol. The pin shows a bird in flight – the hybrid of a mockingbird and jabberjay, the fictional bird created by the government to spy on people in the outer districts of Panem, to report any sort of uprising brewing. For the film, former Tiffany & Co. designer Dana Schneider (pictured, below) was hired to created the symbolic accessory. She had previously worked with the movie’s costume designer, Judianna Makovsky, and is a favorite among clients, including Cher and Marilyn Manson. According to the New York Times, Schneider doesn’t own the copyright (the design is author Suzanne Collins and a Brooklyn couple’s creation) and despite endless requests to make copies, the jeweler only made four pins – three for the film, one for herself! Even though we can’t get one of Schneider’s original creations for Katniss, dozens of sites are selling their own version. Cafe Press has pages of accessories, as well as Amazon and Etsy (for all of Schneider’s success, she does actually have her own Etsy store!) This editor isn’t proud to admit it, but after I finished reading The Hunger Games, I jumped on the craft site and bought a mockingjay necklace, bracelet and pocket watch… hehe. But that bird represents bravery, honor, sacrifice, rebellion, survival and standing up for what’s right – in these precarious times, that is certainly an accessory we can get behind.
“At least you two have decent manners. The pair last year ate everything with their hands like a couple of savages. It completely upset my digestion.” In The Hunger Games, Katniss and Peeta’s publicist Effie Trinket (played by Elizabeth Banks) has elaborate outfits and outrageous powdered wigs that bring to mind a modern-day Marie Antoinette. Costume designer Judianna Makovsky and Banks actually worked together before on the 2003 set of Seabiscuit. (Fun Fact: The actress’s wedding to husband Max Handelman was actually inspired by the 1930s-era of the film. This editor remembers seeing her stunning photos in In Style when I was in high school.) Despite all of Effie’s costumes being made specifically for the actress’s body, Banks told People, “They were all torture.” Yet, this poofy-sleeved teal dress embellished with an enormous flower pin happened to be her favorite, because, “it was the most comfortable.” We love the miniature black hat, and ridiculous manicure, which apparently took 45 minutes everyday to complete! While the word “trinket” means a tiny, cheap ornament (like Effie’s whole wardrobe), “Effie” is short for Euphemia, which means “well-spoken.” But, it is also happens to be the the name of a martyr, who refused to take part in her government’s ritual sacrifices, and as a result, was forced into an arena and tortured to death. Hmm… Is that a hint where Miss Trinket’s true allegiance stands underneath that seemingly shallow persona of hers?