Baron Munchausen - The Adventures of Baron Munchausen by Terry Gilliam

Status :In Progress
Worn At :None


Body view

cuff detail



coat pattern


Publicity image

From the film.

the real Baron Munchausen

on the street

escape in a balloon



The fantasy take on 18thCent uniform, worn by Baron Munchausen in the film by Terry Gilliam.


Wyrdsister posted on 17 November, 2010 - 01:08
Good choice :)

timpey posted on 29 November, 2010 - 18:41
owww nice, look forward to seeing this

Sephirayne posted on 29 June, 2011 - 20:40
Very cool. Loved the film. Can't wait to see this.

Hannah-Kiwii posted on 29 June, 2011 - 21:25
Joshua you are a legend :) My parents repetedly showed me this film growing up, I love it. Can't wait to see progress on this!

Progress Journal

Postponed! (Posted 2nd November 2011)

Looking realisticaly at the cossy, I can not get it done, the way I want it to be done, in time for Thoughtbubble. So I am putting it on a back burner to complete for another date, rather than taking a hash up I am not happy with to the event. I will be doing this outfit, just not for Thought B this year.

Begun work. (Posted 31st October 2011)

I have spent the last few days cutting and sewing. Cut the main body of the coat, and it's lining, and am sewing the gold braid on the panels. I am not happy with how it is going, partly because I don't like the look of the braid, partly I am not happy with the cut.I will take it a bit further and see what it looks like at the first fitting when I put it on. I will not abandon the concept, but I am seriously considering wearing something else for thought bubble, and starting over again on on the baron for a later event.

In the end, velvet, sigh! (Posted 19th October 2011)

Looking at my reference pics again, I think he has at least one of his coats in velvet. In the end, I think that is what I am going to use. I would have prefered wool, it is far easier to work. Detail, detail, detail....

The right stuff. (Posted 1st July 2011)

In 18thCent stuff the right cloth is a big part of the final effect, and a mate of mine has turned up a limited amount of the right stuff. Deep red pure wool, made by Hainsworth, who make cloth for the british army red coats, and have done since 1812. Cutting starts next week.

Fiction not fact. (Posted 11th December 2010)

Interesting to see a contemporary portrait of the real, clean shaven, man. The whiskered image seems to have come in with a 19thC satire.
I will go with the film image, it suites me better. Now to chase up some good red cloth for the coat.

Image search (Posted 26th November 2010)

There are surprisingly few pictures from this film, not just of the baron, but of any of it. It is a cult classic, but not a lot of it out there. At present I am collecting, reference material, and braids and cloth for the costume . Actual work on it will come some time in the future.

First thoughts. (Posted 17th November 2010)

I've fancied making and wearing this outfit for a while now, and it will no doubt take some time to make and assemble. So planning and research start now.