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Dress Like in 'Dead Man' The Movie Starring Johnny Depp

Updated on June 5, 2017

The Movie 'Dead Man' for Halloween Costumes

Halloween costuming is big every year and new ideas are the most fun. The movie Dead Man is very ghoulish, and what is more scary to those of us in Western culture, than death or at least the possibility.

This movie is a sort of wild west search for the meaning of good and evil. Do the two cancel each other out in the end, and you are ultimately a Dead Man?

I don't know, but you can wear a plaid suit and a Jaxon top hat, watch the mid-nineties movie, and try to find the answer on Halloween night.

Dead Man Top Hat
Dead Man Top Hat

Johnny Depp's Dead Man Top Hat

This hat is informally called the Jaxon dead man top hat. Formally, it is the John Bull top hat. If you are going to be William Blake from the Dead Man movie this is the hat. It is not even expensive at about $60.00. It is the coolest hat. Dressy but not formal looking like a regular top hat.

Get the Jaxon hat that Johnny Depp wore.

from Amazon
from Amazon


This is a black wool hat with a slightly flared crown and 2 1/2 inch brim. The top of the crown is flat. Black grosgrain ribbon trim and faux leather sweatband. Satin lined.

The Wool Hat

It can not be mistaken, the height of the hat or the curl of the brim makes all the deference. Walter White of Breaking Bad chose the pork pie wool hat.

William Blake of the Dead Man was looking for a job and his hat seemed the perfect presentation. On the train trip to the West he started to see there are all kinds of hats the further West he traveled.

Johnny Depp's Plaid Suit for Halloween

The plaid suit is a rare find. You may have to buy big and alter it at home. Get creative. I knew a young man who learned to use the sewing machine because of Halloween.

Dark red pants for the red plaid jackets. We do not know the color of the suit, since the movie is classic black and white, you can go with any color plaid. A whole suit is hard to find and maybe dark plain pants might do the Halloween trick.

The local thrift store may yield the plaid suit far easier than the Internet. The Goodwill stocks hundreds of clothing types just for Halloween.

Plaid Suit Jacket on Etsy

Source
The paper collar for costuming.
The paper collar for costuming. | Source

The Paper Collar

The reversible collar can still be had on the internet.

The reversible paper collar that was worn one day, and the next day turned around, for two wears, then tossed, is available for Halloween and the entertainment industry. At one point in the 1870's the Reversible Collar Company of Cambridge, Massachusetts sold 3,000,000 such collars a month.

Top off with a soft double sided necktie to tie in a bow.

Of course, William Blake losses the collar and only has the collarless white shirt left of his fancy duds. His adventures now include the lightening bolts to the face and big beaver looking coat.

You do not need a collarless shirt. Turn the collar in and tack it down with safety pins.

Get the reversible collar at Amazon Dry Goods

image of Reversible Collar Company in Cambridge.

Related Links for Movie Dead Man Costume Ideas

I include a link to Etsy for a plaid jacket or suit.

Big Fur Coat or The Round Rim Glasses

Search for mens beaver coat when in eBay or the Glasses at amazon.

Black Round Circle Clear Lens Eyeglasses Small Size Thin Frame Unisex Glasses

YouTube: Meet the Dead Man Characters

YouTube has enough clips to meet all the characters of Dead Man.

Halloween Ghoulish Night

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Nobody's Indian Headdress

Dress like Nobody. I watched this year, 2015, the Nat Geo two part series about the Pilgrims called "Saints and Strangers". Squanto leads a life as being a nobody in starkly similar circumstances as Nobody in "Dead Man".

Nobody makes his own headdress. Take note that Nobody wears his feathers down.

© 2012 Sherry Venegas

Costume Ideas for Dead Man with Johnny Depp

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    • Snakesmum profile image

      Jean DAndrea 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Definitely a good movie for Halloween watching and costumes.

    • NeoClout profile image

      NeoClout 4 years ago

      Enjoyed your work! Movies are endless source of Hallwoeen idea.

      ----- From another writer about halloween costumes of movies - Star Wars

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Great idea for a costume. I wish you much success with this page.

    • KimGiancaterino profile image

      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      I like these types of costumes. You can always add a personal touch.

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      DuaneJ 5 years ago

      Cool costume idea!

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