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11-24-2006, 03:28 PM
im doing my first cosplay EVER and i wanna do Edward Elric. anyone have any suggestions?



11-24-2006, 07:53 PM
Well...what comes to my mind what style of Edward Elirc costume are
you doing? There's Ed's Alchemist Alphonse costume and that consists
of the following: 1. A Red Overcoat with Edo's Logo on back 2. A Black
Jacket 3. A Black Pants 4. A Pair White Gloves or Ed's Conqueror of
Shambala costume and for that you will need 1. Overcoat 2. Vest
3. Shirt 4. Pants 5. Arm Band 6. Wig...Those are some suggestions of mine.

11-24-2006, 08:23 PM
yeah get pleather pants.....make ur top and buy the boots at wal mart with the already red bottoms....and cut them, down

11-24-2006, 08:37 PM
Get a wig. I can't stress that enough. <3 The costume isn't too hard in itself, as you can go out and buy pleather pants, tank top, gloves and a belt. All you gotta do is make the coat and the under jacket. Or you could alter a jacket, as I did. And I bought the coat at an anime store ><;;;. Anyways, for the wig you'll have to style it yourself unless you commision one.

11-24-2006, 10:42 PM
Also, how old is the Ed you're cosplaying? His costume actually changes a few times throughout the series, and if you're cosplaying movie!Ed, that's a whole 'nother kettle of fish.

For manga!Ed, csakuras has a pretty good analysis of his evolving oufits here (http://csakuras.livejournal.com/225617.html). For anime!Ed, edwardelric.com has a section here (http://www.edwardelric.com/trivia/) (scroll down a tad). As for movie!Ed, here (http://www.fullmetalalchemistanime.com/movie.htm)'s a bunch of screencaps--you should be able to find more elsewhere.

Someone talks about how they've put together Ed's outfit here (http://bricoleur.livejournal.com/357829.html)--seems to have come out well, from the photos they've posted. ^_^

Others have asked about how to put together Ed's outfit--their answers are here (http://forums.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=82005), here (http://forums.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=92405&highlight=edward+elric), here (http://forums.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=93853&highlight=edward+elric), here (http://forums.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=91706&highlight=edward+elric) (if you're making the arm), here (http://forums.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=79427&highlight=edward+elric). Ed's also a pretty popular character to cosplay, so take a look through the costumes here at cosplay.com and PM cosplayers whose outfits you like. I'm sure they'll be able to offer you a lot more tips than I can. ^^;;

Good luck!

Rip Van Winkle
11-25-2006, 12:50 AM
I'm gonna wager that by you just generally sayin Edward Elric, you mean his standard costume consisting of: Red coat, leather pants, black shirt with white trim, black undershirt.

If that's the case, I have a few recommendations, based on both observation and experience:

1) Don't make your coat out of drop-cloth, it looks awful. Pick a weightier fabric like matka silk (which you can get from an eBay store for a very good per-yard price.) It's really photogenic and looks really nice in general.
2) For pete's sake, use fabric paint to do the logo on the back of the coat. I've seen far too many cosplayers hotglue felt or sew fabric onto it and I can safely say that's both FAR too much of a hassle and looks terrible anyway. Fabric paint is the way to go.
3) If you're hair isn't blonde naturally, get a wig. Otherwise, don't bother saying you're cosplaying Ed, say you're movie!Al or something (provided you have brown hair, anyway...if you've got anything else, well, eh.) Also, remember to braid it, and remember too that Ed's bangs aren't very long. They're also not rectangular pieces of hair that hang off the front of his head, so a little tiny bit of styling could be useful.
4) Pay attention to little details, like the straps that go over the sides of his boots, or specifically how his glove cuffs are folded. Small things like that can add a whole degree of realism and accuracy to a cosplay that most people tend to ignore.

Otherwise, good luck and god speed.

11-25-2006, 01:34 AM
Also, this thread (http://forums.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=24609&highlight=alchemist) is full of FMA information and would be very helpful to check out.