A pirate's style is in the details

Published May 28, 2007

Jack Sparrow - fashion icon?

You might think that Johnny Depp's character in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies would have had other things to worry about, but apparently, a lot of thought went into his wardrobe. Disney released the first two Pirates films, The Curse of the Black Pearl and Dead Man's Chest on Blu-ray discs last week. Among the extra features is fashion commentary. Some tidbits from costume designer Penny Rose and props master Kris Peck:

- The lace tied around Sparrow's wrist was a suggestion from Depp. "This is an old piece of lace, and in a conversation with Johnny, we decided that it was a trophy piece from a young lady, " said Rose.

- The bone in his hair is a shinbone from a reindeer.

- The green ring, one of four Sparrow wears in the movies, is one that Depp bought for himself in 1989. "He was doing a photo cover shoot for Rolling Stone magazine and saw this ring, bought it at a thrift store, and years later, this is the ring he wanted to use, " said Peck. "Johnny really has strong ideas. He has a lot of eclectic friends that he comes across."

- The material for Sparrow's sash comes from a village in Turkey, where it was woven by peasants. Filmmakers bought 50 yards for the first film and then had to go back to the village to get 100 yards for the next. They decided to get more of the original instead of simply silk-screening the print because it sheds and ages so beautifully, Rose explained. "Plus, to keep the spirit of Jack Sparrow going, we'd better get the exact same thing!"