|They both even had intense parades!|
|Sharaff with Taylor and the Phoenix dress|
The main similarity I noted was between Katniss' Capitol party dress and Cleopatra's gold dress (made of 24-carat gold). After all, the situations are similar: a confident woman is thrown into a new, scary situation in grand style. What I really think that got me were the wings on both dresses. Cleo's dress makes her look like a beautifully rich golden eagle. Katniss always evokes the Mockingjay image. I'm not going to talk about her beautiful transforming wedding gown, but the wing motif is repeated there. I have to wonder whether the Catching Fire designer (Trish Summerville) was thinking of that gold dress when she was designing Katniss' gowns. You know I don't believe in coincidences.
But really, the similarities don't end there. Even Katniss' hair had an Egyptian vibe with all the elaborate braiding and gold beads. Couldn't have Liz's Cleo worn the same exact hair? These similarities can't be supported by fact, but you make your own observations. Are similar women in uncomfortable situations simply drawn to bird-related outfits, or is there a Cleopatra-influence on the Hunger Games. I think the odds may very well be in my favor.