When The Hunger Games arrived on our pop culture horizon, people loved it for its dystopian story line, its captivating heroine and realistic undertones. People also loved the fashions depicted in the book which were brought to life in full colour by the movie makers of Hollywood. Interestingly, the fashions that the book showcases are presented as futuristic but on closer inspection, it is obvious that no single item is too far-fetched for our current trends. It is only when we put it all together that we realize how outrageous the fashions are. Here are some of the more ‘out there’ fashions mentioned in the book and how we can emulate them today.
The protagonist Katniss mentions that one of the most outrageous fashions she sees in the main city is the eye work. Her own assigned stylist Cinna has a thin gold line tattooed on to his eye lids. This is known as eyebrow embroidery in Singapore and is actually available and widely used today to make eyes look bigger and fuller. The line is not tattooed but the skin is infused with the pigment in order to make it look like a permanent line. While gold may not be an option, it certainly comes in black, brown and other shades if you want to try it. It will fade in 2-3 years so you can always give it a go.
Residents of the Capitol (the capital of Panem, the country in which the books are set) are all about surgically modifying their body and faces in order to seem more attractive. Katniss notices several people whose hair, eye brows and lashes have all been replaced with synthetic versions. Some people also seem to add bits of fabric and metal onto their bodies to enhance their looks. One thing that you can do today (and safely) is to do lip embroidery in which you place permanent colour onto the lips in lieu of lipstick. These colours can range from light pink to blood red or darker, making it the perfect cosmetic enhancement.
One of the characters that appear later in the book is a stylist who has gone too far along in her quest to become fashion forward and ended up a pariah due to her tiger-like appearance. While permanently grafting tiger ears, snout, tail and tattooing your face into tiger stripes may not be the best way to go, you can still accessorize with all of this temporarily. Buy a pair of cat ears on a head band, buy a tail that you can attach to some pants and there are temporary tattoo stickers that you can paste on your face to look like a wild animal.