Ezio Auditore da Firenze
Assassin's Creed II
Last Updated: 10-16-2012
I had a hell of a time trying to find material that I felt was appropriate for this costume. In particular the white-silver fabric was pretty hard to find. I really did dislike having it look a dull grey or too silvery-metallic... and certainly, although some friends suggested silver PVC for the the white part, I didn't think PVC had the right texture.
It was only by chance and a kind of desperation, that a friend finally stumbled upon this material. It's heavy weight synthetic silk but it does make a difference to the outfit. At the time it was made, most people felt that it was pretty foolish of me to use silk for "a cosplay outfit". Quite a number of people suggested that I use a light cotton instead. This is because in my country cosplayers tend to change or make new costumes for every event they attend.
Well, firstly, I found out that a lightweight and soft fabric would crease pretty easily and not really be able to hold the shape of some of the parts well. Secondly, after studying the concept art of this character quite a bit, I didn't think cotton would do justice to the richness of colour/texture seen in the artwork.
Lastly, I realised from the art that the outfit is generally something a nobleman would wear and not an ordinary person. Therefore I stuck to my decision and crossed my fingers.
After having worn this for quite a number of year end cosplay events. I am convinced that in order for a costume to actually look credible or even "realistic", the fabric has to be correct. It does look good in real life and certainly many people have spent time staring at it close up, pinching the material almost as if they can't believe what they are seeing. :)
The only thing I think I messed up in was in having the inner shirt made longer than the outer silvery bit.
Poofy-sleeved shirt - cream cotton fabric, heavy lace
Complete silver outer jacket with hood - Textured synthetic silk (white-silver) where I used the "wrong" side, Maroon jacquard fabric for the contrasting bits, silver thread braid, gold thread braid
Cape - Brown/black PVC, gold thread, 2-tone cotton, burgundy satin, resin, acrylic paint, lacquer
Belt - Scarlet cotton, Linoleum, acrylic paint, lacquer
Boots - Brown PVC
Glove - Brown PVC
Bracer - Brown PVC, Linoleum, acrylic paint, lacquer
Pants - two-tone cotton
Mask - paper mache, acrylic paint, lacquer
There is also a hidden blade but it is not featured in this picture, because at the time of taking it, I had not figured out how to make the contraption.
This is only 90% done because I'm now thinking about how I get the over-long shirt corrected and perhaps put embroidery on the panels of the silver jacket.
In case some of you are wondering.. yes, I omitted the point on the hood on purpose... why? Well, I couldn't think of how the point could be made to look as if it falls into the natural curve of the hood... and I did want something that looks as if it was pulled from a live-action film set or from the historical period that it is supposedly set in and not "costume-like". And I certainly can't think of any medieval or Renaissance outfit with a peak in the hood.
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