I've been planning out my Niobe costume, from The Matrix Reloaded, and have hit a major snag. I have looked everywhere, and I do mean everywhere--Warehouse Fabrics, Baer, Sewing Fabrics, Fabric Direct, Fashion Fabrics Club, Lycra House, Spandex House, every damn relevent store I found on fabrics.net--and I just cannot find anything close to the shiny cognac/sienna-colored alligator-skin vinyl
that is used in Niobe's coat and pants. I have not even found a SINGLE true alligator-skin style. The closest thing I've found is a simple pleather in the right color, or a matte, moss-colored, and very flat crocodile-skin vinyl.
I'm at my wit's end. I've Googled it ("vinyl fabric," "vinyl croc*," "vinyl *gator," "fabric croc*," etc.) and have found tons of pages selling garments, shoes, and bags made of the stuff. They must be getting it from somewhere! Why should this stuff be so hard to find?
I have yet to actually pound the pavement looking through the NYC fabric district, but after seeing how much better online prices are in general, I'm not sure I want to go and find a vague match for $20 a yard. Does anybody know of any online fabric stores that I might have missed that could carry such a thing? I mean, I'll settle for just "reddish" or "brownish," but you can see that the raised texture and shininess are key.
I'd really appreciate any help here... Thanks.