Roman Soldiers have always been a favorite of mine….There are some great films out there depicting same. Gladiator is probably my all time favorite to date. When I first started gathering costumes for the collection my travels took me out to Los Angeles where I stumbled across quite a collection, all of which was for sale. Part of the inventory included costumes from the movie “Alexander” with Will Farrell in the lead. The costumes I was eyeing here used in the war scenes and are fashioned after what the Greek soldiers wore in 338 B.C. around the time of the Battle for Thermopylae. The armor is typical motion picture quality, made to look and wear just like the real thing without the expense. Well I bought and brought back a number of pieces from L.A to La.
“We must have Romans!”
Some time goes by, we have opened the shop and again, one day I look at Micah and say, “We must have Romans!” He gave me a quizzical look to which I replied, “Another teachable moment!” ” Look” I said as I ran over to the Greek armor. I pulled a breastplate down off the rack and a short leather skirt holding it up in the air for Micah to see. “We can lengthen the skirt here and here, attach or lace the skirt onto the breastplate and just like the Romans did when they modified Grecian armor we will have Roman Soldiers too!”
This worked out well, we now have 11 complete sets of Roman armor and the potential to make more. The Krewe of Ares came in last year and rented out 10 of them for their Board to wear at the Gala after they paraded with the Krewe of Alah. We made some modifications to make them more Mardi Gras like and now we have variations of a theme.