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    Oct 30, 2008, 10:52 PM - A question about The Shadow's hat... #1

    So I've been thinking about a new costume and I just saw The Shadow on TV. Everything else I can find one way or the other, but the hat... I've not seen anything like it so far. It looks like a black Fedora but with a very large brim. Has anyone made a replica? Are there any hat makers who can whip one up at a reasonable enough price?

    Picture from the film.
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    Nov 1, 2008, 1:42 AM - Re: A question about The Shadow's hat... #2

    OH, boy! Isnīt THIS a thread to follow with great interest?
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    Nov 1, 2008, 2:05 AM - Re: A question about The Shadow's hat... #3

    Indeed. I've found a few hats I could possibly modify to get the look, but they just don't look right. From what I can tell, it looks like a customized Fedora.
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    Nov 1, 2008, 3:07 AM - Re: A question about The Shadow's hat... #4

    Customized indeed, I may be wrong, but I have never seen such a wide-brimmed Fedora outside the movie or the comic-books...
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    Nov 1, 2008, 4:09 AM - Re: A question about The Shadow's hat... #5

    While not quite as wide, I ended up reshaping a cowboy hat for mine

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    Nov 1, 2008, 2:27 PM - Re: A question about The Shadow's hat... #6

    I forgot the guys name but he is the original maker of the hats but only makes cowboy hats now. He also made the Robert Redford "Roy Hobbs" Fedora in the natural...it will come to me eventually!
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    Nov 2, 2008, 1:54 AM - Re: A question about The Shadow's hat... #7

    Zeppo said: View Post
    While not quite as wide, I ended up reshaping a cowboy hat for mine

    Zeppo, ya look great, sir! May I ask how you did reshaped that hat?
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    Nov 2, 2008, 1:32 AM - Re: A question about The Shadow's hat... #8

    Yeah, to me it looks like a fedora but with a very wide brim. I doubt that it was a found item. Modifying an existing fedora might be difficult. What about taking a wide brimmed cowboy hat and reshaping it to look more like a fedora?
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    Nov 2, 2008, 12:21 PM - Re: A question about The Shadow's hat... #9

    The more I look at it, the more I believe it was a custom job, throwing any hopes of having a replica made on the less expensive side out the window. I've found a few hats that look like they might work with a little modification.

    Most notably the Tilley style hat like this one.

    Then I saw this, making it a no-go.


    I could, however, cover the top to hide the zipper. Not sure how to do it without making it obvious.

    I came across one of my dad's reprodcution 1860s slouch hat (he's a civil war reenactor) that looks like it might work, but the brim is really tough to shape.
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    Nov 2, 2008, 6:02 PM - Re: A question about The Shadow's hat... #10

    Prop-Maker said: View Post
    Zeppo, ya look great, sir! May I ask how you did reshaped that hat?
    I spent about an hour with the hat and a steaming kettle. Just run the portions of the hat you want to reshape over the steam for a bit, then reform it with your hands, and hold it for a few minutes until it cools/dries and it'll hold the new shape. I have a licensed Shadow hat that I used as a reference for the shaping. Why didn't I just wear that you ask? Because it's grey.
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    Nov 3, 2008, 8:12 AM - Re: A question about The Shadow's hat... #11

    There is a company called hatcrafters (www.hatcrafters.com) that will do custom orders based on existing styles. They're inexpensive and fast. You'll probably drop less than $100.00 on something like this. It's just a pinched fedora with maybe a 5-6" brim (just guesstimation). since it's an unfinished brim, you can always get it as big as possible and cut back (tho they will cut a nicer edge than you will).

    Just be prepared to give detailed info from hat size, to band color, to brim width, etc.
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    Nov 3, 2008, 9:48 AM - Re: A question about The Shadow's hat... #12

    Thanks, Darth Mule!

    The approximate $100 mark is exactly the price range I was looking for. Not too much, but not too little either, especially for custom work! I'll head over there right now.

    I wonder, does he wear a cape or is it a large trench coat?
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    Nov 3, 2008, 11:21 AM - Re: A question about The Shadow's hat... #13

    I've seen some black wool fedoras on eBay that have pretty wide brims. It might not exactly match the film fedora, but it would certainly get you into the Shadow magazine cover ballpark.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-BLACK-FEDORA...QQcmdZViewItem
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    Nov 4, 2008, 7:52 AM - Re: A question about The Shadow's hat... #14

    Prop-Maker said: View Post
    Thanks, Darth Mule!

    The approximate $100 mark is exactly the price range I was looking for. Not too much, but not too little either, especially for custom work! I'll head over there right now.

    I wonder, does he wear a cape or is it a large trench coat?
    Come to think of it, you could probably email them a pic. Linda is really nice and easy to work with.

    And it looks like a cape to me. Is that a peacoat he's wearing? Or just a double breasted jacket?

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