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Scar Jo's speedy cat suit fitting

Scarlett Johansson's catsuit for Captain America: The Winter Soldier had to be perfected in the space of two days.

The stunning actress rocks a red hair style for the movie and also squeezes her curves into a tight black all in one to play The Black Widow.

But instead of having months to get the costume just right for Scarlett, costume designer Judianna Makovsky only had days to perfect it.

"Scarlett didn't actually start to fit for the catsuit until two days before we started shooting, so we had to do lots of trials and testing in quite a short timeframe," Judianna explained to vogue.co.uk. "It was a challenge to get that many looks done in time."

The film was released earlier this year and is a follow up to the 2011 hit movie with Chris Evans once again taking on the role of Captain America.

Scarlett's character ramped up the sex appeal in the second instalment, but she needed to do more than just look good in the movie.

"We work very closely with the actors on an action movie. We'll make different versions of the same costume depending on what she's doing: boots with running heels, fighting heels, standing heels; costumes that will allow her to kick; others that will accommodate a harness," Judianna revealed.

"I supervise all the props as well - shields for every purpose, and masks for different scenes as well. Some parts of the job are more product design than costume. Film is the art of collaboration."

Judianna's costume work has featured in some of the most successful films of recent times, including The Hunger Games and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.

Often for films with a wide fan base many of her creations are turned into fancy dress outfits, something that delights the designer.

"It's fun. The costume designers are actually not involved in merchandise so much - I wish they would involve us more - so sometimes you see a cheap copy and think 'Oh!' - but the Captain America ones look great," she smiled.

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