January 13, 2015 AT 9:31 am

Effie Trinket’s Butterfly Costume

effie costume 1

The Hunger Games’ Effie Trinket has a signature over the top style that’s been brought to life in the film adaptation of the book trilogy by Suzanne Collins. Her ensembles from the first movie and Catching Fire are elaborate and bold; they look like they’re right out of a fairy tale. She wears a monarch butterfly dress in the second movie, and the dress was made from 10,000 feathers hand painted to look like butterflies.

effie costume 2

That kind of detail and effort makes it a challenge to re-create the costumes, but it’s not impossible. DeviantArt user Berpi put together a beautiful version of the butterfly dress for Book Character Day at the library where she works. Berpi spent about two months working on the costume – simply gluing the butterflies onto the dress was a month long process. Regarding the number of butterflies on the dress:

No idea! I ran out of feather butterflies several times, so I had to attempt to recreate about a hundred or so more by hand. D: The feather ones were all purchased from the lovely folk at Floraltrims. I highly recommend them (in particular, Evelyn, who was so friendly and helpful and patiently responded to all my crazy emails!) if you’re ever in need of realistic-looking fake butterflies for costumes, crafts or art-projects!


The shoes for this costume are also tricky. Berpi bought a pair for $7 and painted them and used Plastimake to add the claws.

Photos by Veleven.

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