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'The Hunger Games': New costume designers for 'Mockingjay'

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Mockingjay Bart Mueller Kurt Swanson
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Costume designers Kurt and Bart are overseeing the wardrobe department for parts 1 and 2 of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay.

Reached by email, the duo — who are nominated for a 2014 Costume Designers Guild award for their work on Dallas Buyers Club — said they were not allowed to share specifics on the Hunger Games gig, but did admit that it’s “really exciting.”

Kurt and Bart succeed Catching Fire costume designer Trish Summerville, who is currently at work on David Fincher’s movie adaptation of the 2012 bestseller Gone Girl. Their previous credits include Stoker, Step-Up 3D, and Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. They were also behind many of Britney Spears’ most iconic music video ensembles, including ‘Slave 4 You,’ ‘Toxic,’ and ‘Me Against the Music.’ 

Of their recent CDG Award nomination for Dallas Buyers Club, Kurt and Bart said; “The day of the announcement we started getting congratulations texts and [we] had no idea what people were talking about. It wasn’t until someone actually called that we knew what was going on! It’s a very special film to us and a very special reward for the love everyone put into the film.”

Mockingjay head make-up artist Ve Neill recently told EW that the next installment of the Hunger Games would feature “a lot of distressed looking makeups as opposed to glamour,” an aesthetic that will likely be echoed in the costumes.

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