In fact, the first time I have seen Lightning in this outfit, I didn't like it, and over time, I appreciate it. I am inspired in an artwork I have made to make this costume. This wasn't difficult to make because boots and pants are bought, just the jacket is hand made, and the necklace is the authentic from Square Enix. For me, as Lightning is my favorite character ever, I wanted to make all the costume I like from her.
I have wear this costume at Japan Expo Belgium 2012.
More photos and information on my website
I don't need awards, cosplay is for me a funny practice!