”We started with a wig and the crow,” says Rose of Tonto’s headgear. Depp got the idea for the bird (created with makeup artist Joel Harlow) from a painting of a Native American warrior with a crow flying just over his head.
”[It’s] bits and bobs…keepsakes…[something Johnny] might have taken off someone’s wrist,” Rose says of the bracelets, beads, and other items Depp contributed to Tonto’s ensemble.
Finding the Lone Ranger’s hat “was a huge drama,” remembers Rose, who eventually settled on a Stetson. ”They were wonderful collaborators. You could call them and say, ‘Could you make one to fit a horse?’ ”
Harlow created a life cast of Hammer’s visage to ensure that the character’s black mask — made from his dead brother’s leather vest — would fit him perfectly. ”It’s not a Halloween strip,” says Rose. ”It was molded to his face.”
Rose and Hammer agreed that the character shouldn’t dress like a cowboy just because he works on the prairie. ”[His suit is] beautifully cut, well- fitting,” the designer explains. ”It’s Armani-esque.”
The lawman’s scarf adds a little flair to his look, but it’s also functional. ”We wanted a hint of color in there,” Rose says. ”And obviously, if you’re out riding with the rangers, a sweat rag is handy.”