Dir En Grey
Last Updated: 07-25-2005
This outfit was fairly easy, but it took a lot of time. Since it was simply a long T-shirt, I used a shirt I had as a pattern and extended the length of the sleeves and body of it. I found a nice gauze-like fabric from the upholstery section of the fabric store that worked perfectly for all the gauzey looking strips. The part that took the longest was handstitching all the strips onto the sleeves. I think it took me about an hour per ring, so perhaps in total I spent about 8 hours on them. For the strips that hang from the shirt, I used the same gauze-like material (doubling it up) and attached D-rings to the ends. As it turns out, there should be a D-ring at the end of ALL of the hanging strips, but at the time I had no way to tell (the video this costume is featured in is all white and you can hardly even see the costume - I only found out by a picture of this costume put on display at some shop), so only a few of the strips have D-rings attached. I would have gone back and added more, but I ended up not re-wearingthis costume, haha.
For the black splotch, I used black fabric paint, and then used leftover acrylic from my shoes to draw the white writing. Since the letters were so small, I used the tip of a safety pin to "paint" the letters, haha. Fun story about this part of the costume - I was given an old tour shirt of this band by a Japanese friend of mine. This shirt was from the time period that this song, "Yokan", was still new. I loved that shirt and wore it often, and when I got to making this costume, I realized that the splotch on this costume was identical to the splotch that was on the back of my tour shirt! Down to the text that's written on it. Best reference ever? Best reference ever. Especially for a costume that has NO good magazine photos and comes from a music video that makes it impossible to make anything out. I was pretty excited to have that advantage.
The shoes were hard to find. I ended up having to get white platform sneakers and use white paint to cover the black parts. It looked jank, but it got the job done.
Bought items were: white gloves, tights, pinky ring, dog collar (lol), necklace, and earrings.
For the hair...I had my own hair cut for this style! Was it a horrible decision? Yes, but I absolutely LOVED the J-rock mullet look at the time and wanted to be able to recreate that style on my own. Since I was dying my hair black, all I had to do was spray the top blue with a temp hair color spray, and used Got2b Glued hair spray to style it.
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