Raoul Duke Costume

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The Raoul Duke costume comes from the famous film, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, an adaptation of the novel by journalist Hunter S. Thompson. The character is played by Johnny Depp. 

In Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Raoul Duke takes a trip to the desert in true Gonzo Journalism style to cover a motorcycle race happening there. 

While on the road and at the hotel, Raoul Duke takes a lot of psychoactive drugs, leading to some wild times

Perhaps the most famous line of the movie comes from the road trip portion of the movie. He is sitting in the passenger seat of the rental car.

To his traveling companion, he says, “We can’t stop here. This is bat country.” 

This Raoul Duke costume is taken from that scene. Follow the directions above to easily dress like Raoul Duke.

You’ll Need:

  1. Yellow Hawaiian Shirt
  2. Raoul Duke Bucket Hat
  3. Yellow Aviators
  4. Khaki Shorts
  5. Fly Swatter
  6. Fake Cigarettes
  7. Brown Watch
  8. Cigarette Holder
  9. Converse Sneakers
  10. Brown Leather Bracelet
  11. Crew Socks

DIY Raoul Duke Costume Guide

First and foremost, grab a yellow and black Hawaiian shirt. On your lower half, wear a simple pair of khaki pants paired with white Converse sneakers and crew socks.

During this scene, Raoul Duke wears a white bucket hat on his head. He also accessorizes with a pair of yellow aviator glasses, a brown watch, and a brown leather bracelet.

He is always seen with a cigarette hanging out of his mouth, so get some prop cigarettes and cigarette filters to walk around with. 
You can also carry a fly swatter around like the one he used to try and shoo away the bats he was hallucinating.

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Raoul Duke Cosplay Costume

A lot of the time, Hunter S. Thompson wrote journalism pieces and other non-fiction. One of the exceptions was Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. 

When this book was turned into a movie, fans got to see the colorful personality and style of the dress of Raoul Duke come to life. 

If you’re a fan of the book and movie, the Raoul Duke costume is a great choice. It is just as eccentric as the character itself. 

Make the costume stand out more by having a friend dress as his traveling companion.

Raoul Duke Costume

About Raoul Duke 

Raoul Duke is an eccentric journalist who heads out on a road trip to cover a motorcycle race. While he is there with his friend, he ends up getting sidetracked.

After the race is over, he spends his time taking psychoactive drugs and contemplating the state of the world in the 1970s. 

Raoul Duke is a representative of the writer, Hunter S. Thompson, in this film. Thompson was responsible for the creation of a brand new type of writing, called Gonzo Journalism. 

In Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Raoul Duke embodies the practices of Gonzo Journalism by throwing himself headfirst into the action to be able to better write about it. 

Though Thompson has written many memorable works, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is perhaps his most well-known. If you’re a fan of the author, you can pay tribute to his most famous character in the Raoul Duke costume.

What is the most famous quote from Raoul Duke?

1. “In a world of thieves, the only final sin is stupidity.”

2. “There was every reason to believe I was heading for trouble, that I’d pushed my luck a bit far.”

3. “There was madness in any direction, at any hour.”

4. “We can’t stop here. This is bat country.”

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