As a big fan of the movie Pacific Rim, I was overjoyed when my talented wife suggested we dress as Sasha and Aleksis Kaidonovsky, the Cherno Alpha pilots. This would be a simple costume, I thought. Why, it’s mainly a coat. How detailed can a coat be?
Clearly, I forgot these were coats in a Guillermo del Toro film.
The coats themselves are olive wool and three-quarter-length. The have oversized brown fur collars with grey mottling. They’ve got oversized lapels with a slightly more brown wool lining, and cuffs with buttoned straps. The buttons themselves seem to be a collection of ornate brass and dark brown plastic. The have trench belts, though they are not trenchcoat length, and two large pockets below the waist. Each epaulet has a brass star near the seam.
Aleckis and Sasha both have red patched sewn underneath their left lapel. There is no clear shot of these patches in the film, but I imagine this patch from TooSmallMargin is pretty close (I’m also adding their skull logo patch, because it looks cool.)
The backs have two different patterns. Sasha’s coat is a two headed eagle, while Aleksis’s is a skull and cross. Both are made out of thousands of gold safety pins.
Seeing as how Robert Maillet, the actor who plays Aleksis, is a good foot taller than I am, there’s little point in screen accuracy. Instead, JR and I are going for emotional accuracy, nailing the the details we like and eschewing the ones we don’t. We are not, for example, trying to recreate that amazing saftey-pin art. But I am going to give Aleksis a proper medal instead of a slightly modified sheriff star.