Caspian wears this brigandine for most of the film, over his
white shirt at first, and over his mail hauberk at the battle.
brigandine was a coat-of-plates where iron or steel pieces
(plates) were riveted in overlapping rows to the back of a cloth
or leather garment—in this case, leather. What we see, then,
are the outlines of the plates and the rivet heads.
This one seems to be based on a 16th century brigandine: the
plates are small and the rivets are arranged in rows. The timeline
also fits well with the pirate ancestry that the Telmarine design
Isis Mussenden mentions brigandines in
one interview, but we haven't quite parsed her meaning—were
plastic plates used instead of metal to get the look of a brigandine?
Or are we mistaking a brigandine for a coat of scale plates made
of plastic? "There's a very classical way of making leathered
armor, but instead of the leather, we've used plastic plates.
So we did use plates so you could get that amazing look. And part
of it is so they would be articulated. So it's based in a real
use. They're called brigandines. And brigandines came in many
Neck band rivet design
The leather on this one looks to be a very dark grayish
green with a blue tint to it, but looking black in some lights.
It's front closing, with straps buckling in three places
from the neck to waist. The plates of most of the body look to
be about one inch wide, with the rivets in rows, two on each plate:
one at the top on each end. The center edges of the brigandine,
where it buckles, have one long row of much smaller overlapping
plates, with one rivet a plate.
The neck is round, with a separate band of two-inch
overlapping plates laying on the brigandine neck all the way around,
riveted with two triangular groups of three, with three in a row
between them (see design at right). There's a piece with an extra
row or two of plates just under the top of the armhole, forming
a sort of sleeve cap.
It has a six-panel skirt: two front panels, a side
panel each, and two back panels. The two front panels are angled,
forming an inverted V.
image, it looks like the plates are backed with a white cloth,
probably something heavy like canvas.