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

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The Iconography

"The way to define an icon is that you can recognise the icon from the shadow. Whether it's Charlie Chaplin or Laurel And Hardy or The Blues Brothers or Indiana Jones or Marilyn standing on the grate with the dress blowing, you can define them by their shadow. Everyone knows who that person is by the shadow and I think that's happened to Indiana Jones. The other thing that is when I walk into a room or if I'm teaching or if I'm speaking on a panel about costume design and I ask everyone to close their eyes and imagine that character, everyone can. Now if I ask them who designed it, certainly no one knows my name, but everyone knows this person and can recognise them by their shadow. I'm very proud of that."

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