One of the most impressive costume ensembles from BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA is that of the “Devil’s Armor”. Fashioned out of either fiberglass or plastic, it certainly looked authentic in the film.
There is a real-life suit-of-armor on display at the Church of the Madonna Delle Grazie in Italy that is also called the “Devil’s Armor”. It isn’t quite as spiffy as Dracula’s suit, but it’s considerably older, dating to the late 1400s (roughly the same period when the historical Dracula would have been staking his enemies, appropriately enough). Also the later suit is sure to be more durable, as it is actual metallic armor. The two sets are pictured above for compare and contrast. I’m a big history buff. I was even majoring in History in college before I switched to English, and for a time I intended to get a double-major, but, well, life. Still, as much as I love the historical, if I were given, as a collector, the opportunity to own one of the two sets of armor, I think I’d have to choose the one from the movie, owing to its connection to Dracula, both the fictional character largely created by Bram Stoker and the historical personage who was partially biographized in the film.