Armour is used to protect the body from unwanted damage. Lamellar, chain mail and plates were the three earliest forms of body armour.
Lamellar is made from pieces of leather that have been sewn together to form a covering for the body. Chain mail was an evolution of lamellar, which consisted of a series of linked, heavy, metal rings. Metal plates were added to chain mail to protect specific vulnerable areas and this developed into plate armour with the Romans and even further into a full body suit in the Gothic era.
I intend to integrate elements of strong protective panels into my design as this will support and preserve the body from unwanted harm.