How the ‘Oppenheimer’ Costume Designer Searched the Globe for Cillian Murphy’s Hat

For cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema, the challenge with Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer” was about capturing what was going on inside the head of J.

Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the A-bomb — what he’s thinking and what we can read in his eyes.

For costume designer Ellen Mirojnick, whether it was a two-piece suit or three-piece suit, it was his silhouette.

Part of that was finding his hat, which is a character unto itself.“The hat and its brim were extremely important, it was a grayish taupe hat, and depending on the light, it would look like it was a different tone,” Mirojnick says.This film required a different approach for the famed costume designer, whose credits include “Basic Instinct,” “Wall Street” and “Bridgerton.” “In this film and in working with Chris, what became clear to me after our first meeting was that the Oppenheimer silhouette never changed,” she says.

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