Edward Elric

Name: Edward Elric
Creator/designer: Hiromu Arakawa
Series: Fullmetal Alchemist (Hagane no Renkinjutsushi in Japanese)

 

Edward,  also known as the “Fullmetal Alchemist” is the youngest State Alchemist in the history of the fictional country of Amestris. His left leg was mystically severed in a failed attempt to resurrect his dead mother, his right arm taken in the exchange for his brother’s soul. His missing limbs have been replaced with sophisticated prosthetics called automail; he and his younger brother, Alphonse Elric, traveling around Amestris in search of the Philosopher’s Stone in the hopes of restoring their bodies.

 

Working hours: 80 – 100
Status:
100% done
Debuted: F.A.C.T.S 2010
Events: F.A.C.T.S 2010, Animecon 2011, World Cosplay Summit 2011
Awards:

Dutch representative for the European Cosplay Gathering ’11 in Paris, France
Dutch representative for the World Cosplay Summit ’11  in Nagoya, Japan

 

Reason of creation:
This series takes place in one of my favorite time periods, the early 1900’s.
Creating this costume gaved me the opportunity to do some more research about the fashion and use of materials in that time period.
As for the character, my personality compares to him, have been trough similair circumstances in the past so I feel really sorry for this character. But still after all the drama, standing on two legs, fighting back and seeing his personality grown during the series makes this an awesome character!
Also Hiromu has worked on the series for at least 10 years, she really thought about every single detail which makes this series really good! I’m praising her for her hard and good job as a writer!

 

Construction details:
Inspirated by a real authentic 1900’s train manager jacket which I needed to repair on my internship I used Melton Wool for the red coat and lined it with Linnen fabric. Melton Wool makes the coat pretty heavy but nice and warm! Also 2 metal buttons are sewed on the front.
For the jacket I used Pure Wool Gabardine lined with Linnen Fabric.
For the other jacket which Ed wears later in the series I used Lordtex, which is tightly woven wool gabardine which has a more sportive and manly look then wool gabardine.
Inspirated by the old train manager jacket for both jackets I used Jute Fabric to make the collar more rigid, like it was done in the authentic jacket.

 

The shirt is made from cotton.

 

I used real leather for the pants, I can’t remember which type since I made the pants on my internship.
Leather is not easy to work with, it is really easy to mess up. Good thing of real leather is that it breaths but the negative point is that it is pretty heavy.
For the opening I used 5 buttons instead of zipper. The zipper exists since 1912 (I am such a nerd) but is not directly used in clothing very often, that is why I used buttons.

 

The boots are militairy boots which I modified with leather, I modified the soles with spoon rubber and latex. Also the boots are pretty heavy.

 

The belt is made from thick cow skin.

 

The wig was a real disaster! Finding the right color which suites the character was a big challenge and after searching like for ever I came to the conclusion that Butterscotch blonde suites him the best.
I cutted of the front of the wig very carefully. Replaced it with tulle and knotted the fibers on the tulle one by one. Took hours of work but so worth it because it gives a natural look! Tulle is very easy to blend into your skin with make-up.

 

Conclusion about this costume:
I already liked periodical costumes but now I came more in love with the fabrics. This is also my best constructed costume because the fabrics were so expensive that I wanted to sew everything as neat as possible to do the fabrics some justice. Without the heavy coat it is a very comfortable costume to wear, only the boots are very heavy but after a few hours I am used to it. I have won insane awards with this cosplay. I am glad I could proof to The Netherlands that you don’t need epic big costumes to win awards with. This cosplay caused me a lot of good memories and tons and tons of fun and that’s all thanks to you guys!


Pictures taken by Gwenny Ruiz, Bharam, Indra Wendarmin, Kees Peters and the WCS photographers

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