I still loved Dir en grey and especially this costume of Kaoru's, but I was very discontent with how poorly made my first dress was. So! I found some better fabric and remade it.
The fabric I used was a fake crocodile skin pleather. Since it was too light of a grey in color, I ended up having to paint a thin layer of charcoal grey acrylic paint over the fabric to darken it, and aside from it being a little tacky to the touch, it worked well.
To go with the new dress, I also made a little faux-fur scarf that goes with the look.
I wanted to redo the wig as well, since I was confident I could make it look more accurate than my first attempt, but I never got around to it and eventually lost interest.
Judge's Choice (Reactor '05). I often don't count this as an award though, since the judges were drunk and merely catcalled my friend and I for being "girls in leather" while we were walking down the stage. :T