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Each of us will live our dreams, at the gala! by Rose0fMay Each of us will live our dreams, at the gala! by Rose0fMay
Just a little somethin-somethin from our buddy Lionel.

Ohgoddd where do I even begin to talk about these dresses. Daaaash, you just STOP IT with dem legs.

I designed, patterned, shopped fabric for, and built all these dresses, including some of the undergarments such as petticoats, a hoopskirt, and a bustle cage. It was 10 solid months of work, and I loved the whole process and am so proud of these gowns, but mostly I am so happy to have been able to do this group at all. These girls are so wonderful, every single one of them <3

The process of building all six MLP gala dresses took about a year to plan and bring together. I believe we all agreed to put a go on Operation Best Night Ever about a month after Dragoncon 2011, where we had debuted our original My Little Pony group. Gala dresses were the obvious next step. I asked the girls if they would let me design and make the outfits, knowing that I was going to both love and regret it later. But mostly love. All my love.

During the design process, which took place between October and December of 2011, I spent a lot of time considering all the different elements. It was important to me to stay as true as possible to gowns as designed through the television program, and yet somehow make them translate gracefully into human interpretations. The real challenge was ensuring that the gowns would also be both flattering and comfortable for each girl.

Some designs were easier to convert than others. Sometimes I found that what I illustrated wasn’t going to translate well onto a body (either because of what it would do to the silhouette, or because it looked too cartoonish), and I had to adjust accordingly.

We wore these gowns at Dragoncon 2012, on Friday evening, and on Sunday for the masquerade, where we won Best in Show - Master's Division.

*****Update*****
I am in the process of uploading individual collages of the dresses that include the original concept straight from the show, my design/interpretation of the dress, a photo of the actual dress, and my thoughts about its conception and production. I hope everyone enjoys these as much as I enjoyed working on them!

See Applejack's design concept here!
Twilight, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, Fluttershy, and Rainbow Dash on the way!

Rainbow Dash~ :iconburloire:
Twilight Sparkle~ Ashley
Applejack~ me!
Pinkie Pie~ Pixie's Blog
Rarity~ Betzilla Cosplay
Fluttershy~ View panda_treats' Cos.com
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unicornsmile Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Professional Artist
who ever you girls are, you look great.
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i-love-daisy Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014
i want dash's shoes
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princess-at-heart-15 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Student Artist
I HAVE THE SAME SHOES AS DASH!!!
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ladyfreckleface Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
I had to create an account just so I could tell you all how AH-MAZING you all look and how super cool it is that you guys did this and you're all so beautiful! You did such a wonderful job with the costumes. You are all So lovely! =)
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NetherStray Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy crap these are amazing!
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ERFTwilight Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is fantastic!!!!! I love to sew but I could never do anything as complex as this! fantastic job!
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AishaArts Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OmG this is amazing! awesome dresses, had to have been difficult to do. Amazing work!!
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AprilDiamond2001 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
You are a real life Rarity. I could not be more impressed.
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Yumchocolate008 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing work on the dresses O:
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XoXPeaceHeartXoX Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing! I wish I could sew. TT_TT
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