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The Look Of Indy
Costume designer Deborah Nadoolman on creating the iconic outfit

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Deborah Nadoolman got the gig of designing the iconic Indy costume based on a rather surprising film. "Steven had seen Animal House, which I worked on, and loved it," she remembers. "That's how I got the call for 1941 [Spielberg's previous film to Raiders of the Lost Ark]... then just carrying on after 1941 I went to Chicago to design The Blues Brothers and then I came home and got this call from Steven saying, 'Listen, I have this project and I want you to design it and we're going to have Karen Allen from Animal House as the leading lady - would you do it?'" Nadoolman then went on to create one of cinema's most iconic outfits and ever-reliable fancy dress get up. Here she talks us through how she created the look of Indy.

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"Here I had a character who I knew had to live in a fedora for the entirety of the film - what's a cinematographer going to do to light Harrison's eyes?... I went down to [London hatter] Herbert Johnson. They had a model called the Australian, which was silly because it snapped up on one side - that was completely the wrong thing. I thought, except for the chinstrap and the brim and the very wide hat and the brow this is absolutely the right style that I wanted. Harrison tried it on and with much shortening of the brim and much lowering of the crown, we created something entirely new. Once I gave my specs to Herbert Johnson, they were able to create an entirely new hat for me, which became the Indiana Jones hat. I worked on creasing the brow the right way and we took something that was entirely different, a Paul Hogan special, and made something completely different out of it. I think what disappointed me the most is that I never got the credit for making something new out of a Paul Hogan hat. It didn't exist, we made an entirely new hat."

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