Cyrano de Bergerac
Hercule-Savinien de Cyrano de Bergerac, born in Paris in 1619, was a successful playwright in his own right, but his contemporary and lasting fame is owed largely to Edmond Rostand who made the French solider the title character of his own 1897 play. Like many other authors of the period, Cyrano de Bergerac’s death is mired in inconclusive evidence; some suggest that he died of injuries sustained from a falling wooden beam while others, like author Ishbel Addyman, say he died from tertiary syphilis in an asylum in 1655. Because Cyrano de Bergerac is an oft-portrayed character on stage, costumes aren’t hard to find online. Pieces include a tricorn hat, cape, sword, and, of course, that unforgettable nose. TheaterMania even offers this DIY tutorial on how to properly dress the part.