Aguilar : Assassins Creed Movie
This costume was by far the most complex and time consuming I have ever done. It was also the most expensive in materials cost and utilized ALL of my combined 6 years of costuming experience in order to pull it off. I was contacted in May of this year by Ubisoft’s Community Manager Andie Gbinigie and asked if I would be interested in making a reproduction of the costume worn by Michael Fassbender in the upcoming Assassins Creed movie. Originally I was told that they would share my progress on their official Facebook page as well as having a possible use for me at some conventions that Ubsioft would be at later in the year. At first I was reluctant because I knew how much time and money it would take in order to pull off a good screen accurate reproduction. Other than the publicity I would receive of sharing my work on their social media, Ubisoft was not covering any of the material costs which I knew would be close to 5 figures. Luckily, I was contacted by Tandy Leather shortly after making the announcement I would be making the costume. They offered to provide everything I needed when it came to the leather and accessories which included raw leather hide, stamps, dyes, etc. This was about ¾ of the total materials cost of the costume, and what remained I was able to purchase on my own.
In total, the costume took 13 weeks to complete with over 500 hours invested. All of the fabric is natural fibers such as cotton, linen, silk and canvas. I tried to b as accurate to the original as possible, going as far as to hand screen print the inside liner fabric because I wasn’t able to find something with a close enough pattern. All of the leather (thank to Tandy) is 100% genuine with over 90% of the stamps used in leather embossing being the exact same ones used on the movie costume. Once stamp needed to be 3-D printed because it was over 35 years old and I was unable to acquire an original in time. There are over 3500 beads which are also the same type used on the movie costume. There is an even mix of glass, camel bone and buffalo horn beads that were used. These were purchased from the same supplier as the movie costume. I even had to hand stamped some beads from Worbla that were custom made and I could not purchase.
This costume was the most difficult and frustrating I have ever undertaken. There were many times during its construction that I wanted to quit, but continued to press on. Fortunately, I kept at it and now I have something wonderful to show for my 6 years of competitive costuming. This is the BEST thing I have ever produced costuming wise and something I will be proud of for years to come. I first debuted it at Dragon Con 2016 this past August and received a great deal of positive attention among those who recognized it. I entered it into the Friday Night Craftsmanship Contest which as any serious competitive costumer knows, is one of the most difficult and hardest judged costume contest in the country. The costume showed really well, the judges seemed to really like it and I managed to pull off the highest award possible, Overall Best in Show.
Steampunk Iron Man
This was one of my earlier competitive costumes from 2013 that I made during my Steampunk phase. Iron Man 3 had just come out that May and it pushed me to design a steampunk variation of the costume during the summer. I have always been a huge Iron Man fan, even before the movies. My normal look has been a goatee for years so I knew I could pull off the character. I worked on this costume for about 3 months right up to Dragon Con 2013 which would be its first showing. At the time this was my most expensive costume materials wise as well as time costuming. It took an equal amount of sewing and prop building. The costume itself was formed around Victorian clothing patterns that were reinforced with craft form to give it an armor like shape. Everything was covered in maroon velvet to further give it that Victorian effect.
The props were all hand crafted by scratch from wood, plastic, brass and aluminum. I was still about a year away from using Worbla, so everything that needed to be thin yet ridged had to be made of fiberglass or resin coated cardboard. The electronics for this suit is all 9 and 12 volt powered. There was over 50 LEDs used in the entire suit. The wrist mounted Gatling laser had a 9-volt rotary motor installed which allowed it to spin. The backpack (power-pack) was by far the best feature of the costume. It had a miniature glycerin powered smoke generator that powered the smoke stacks. It had two Bluetooth powered speakers installed and with my wrist mounted phone holder, I was able to play both music through them and suit sound effects.
At the time this was my most complex costume and it received a huge welcoming at Dragon Con 2013. I couldn’t walk 5 feet without people wanting pictures and everyone seemed to really enjoy what I had done with it. I entered it in the Friday Night Craftsmanship Contest that weekend and won Best Journeyman as well as Best use of Technology.
This costume originally started out as a late night drinking costume with other Harry Potter costumed friends. Once I began researching it I wanted to make it as screen accurate as possible, so I worked with a costuming friend of mine, Tham, on designing the costume. We used original pictures and patterns from the movie costumes to design the coat and pants. All of the materials were as close to the original as possible, which was heavy 20 oz wool. She crafted the basic coat design for me, that I then fit to myself and sewed all the dozens of buttons and button holes on. I later would make the pants form the left over wool.
This is one of the rare costumes I have that requires me to shave. Fortunately, I have some similar facial features to the late Alan Rickman. With simplest addition of an Arda lace front wig I was able to really own this character and it was well received in the community. I wore the costume to some early 2015 conventions, but ultimately my favorite use for this costume was Dragon Con 2015. My mother had always been a huge supporter of my costuming hobby and wanted to finally see what these conventions I was always going to for years was like. Prior to the convention, I made her a Professor McGonagall costume so she could cosplay with me for the weekend. She came along to Dragon Con with me and absolutely loved the whole experience. Even though this was one of my few non-competitive costumes, it turned out to be my favorite because of the wonderful memories I have with it.
-- Wicked Tailor (Charleston, SC)