Random Ephemera

4 Iconic Wardrobe Choices That Were Actually Mistakes

Costume designers are human like the rest of us, and 99 percent of the time they know exactly what they're doing. When George Lucas came up with the idea of Indiana Jones, he had the iconic silhouette of Indy's fedora, jacket, bag and whip all in mind from both a character and a filmmaking functionality standpoint. That's a perfect example of what can happen when everything goes to plan.

Then again, there are moments when some people just didn't read the memo right and turned in something completely different. When I do that, an editor threatens me with a gun, but in at least four cases the minds behind some of the most iconic images in the world said, "Meh. It'll do." Today we spotlight those great moments of wardrobe happenstance.

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Jef Rouner is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
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