CONTEXT: Ms Gauer’s Eng. 9, Per. 4 Class Was Assigned a Project to Design a Costume for a Tribute (Contestant) in The Hunger Games. This is my Tribute Costume Design.
Design: The design is made to appear more practical than is appealing to the eyes. It has been derived from Star Trek’s Terran Empire Captain’s uniform from the 2250s. It consists of a black suit with a golden chestplate, shoulderpad, and utility belt. I have included a Tribute token, of which I wouldn’t know what to call it (perhaps a compass?), on the chestplate. On the upper right thigh, there is a metal thigh guard, which would serve to protect the leg should it ever be used.
Skills that Would Help Me in the Hunger Games:
- An ability to run quickly enough to grab something from the Cornucopia and escape before I die.
- Tendency to sleep through anything so I have energy to function sufficiently the next day.
- None of the above because when I finally get to use these traits, they will be obsolete, and I will die gruesomely before I learn to do something better.
How this Costume Represents Me: This costume represents me by the idea that I prefer quality and practicality over looks, so the idea of effective protection in the chestplate, even if it doesn’t appear appealing to the eye, will be sufficient enough for me.
Reflection: To say that this Tribute Costume is innovative would be a lie, because the design has been derived from another model. The idea generated was from how I thought that a design similar to a Starfleet uniform from Star Trek would be appealing to the eye. I found that most ideas I had would not work for the design, considering that I have both limited time and a lack of creativity. As I disposed the ideas that would have made a signature difference between the two designs, I decided to abandon all extra styling and just include the practical components. Abandoning the extra design took away what I enjoyed in the visual representation, and if I could do this again, I would give myself more time to design the costume properly so that the image would have a subtle similarity to Star Trek, but have much more (eye-appealing) differences, such as a Capitol Emblem on the chest. From this project, I’ve learned that my creative ability is very limited and relies on inspiration derived from others.