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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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CloverWyobraznia Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Student General Artist
oh wow! i havent seen anyone pull off applejack's dress very well yet! that dress is awesome!
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FoxOFWar Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Words. They utterly fail me now.

That is some SERIOUS dedication to making those, and you have my utter respect for sticking to it for the admirably amazing end result. The gowns are also very well 'translated' from their pony origins - different in that they don't look too weird or cartoony on human frame, but also instantly recognizable.

(This also very much screams that you guys did have a lot of fun with this, which is also always good.)

/respect
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Rose0fMay Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Awww yeah, epic comment. We really had a lot of fun with this project and I'm so happy we did it. I'm not sure I could survive it a second time through though, so I'm glad it came out so well on the first go!
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FoxOFWar Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Isn't that always the nature of really tricky cosplays?
"That was the most fun we've ever had!"
"Yes!"
"Let us never do that again."
"Agreed."
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Rose0fMay Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
lol, truer words...they have never been spoken.
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:iconfoxofwar:
FoxOFWar Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"Cosplay without pain is pretending." - My dear sister.
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Rose0fMay Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Scholarly.
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Yachiru5 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Student Photographer
you guys look beautifal very great detail on the outfits i wish i could make great stuff like that
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AndytheB-Artist Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist
It must have cost a fortune for you to make all of those dresses. On another note, did you notice how well a My Little Pony version of We are Young could work. The actual music video to We are Young was a barfight in slow motion. We could just slow down that scene where the Grand Galloping Gala is "ruined" and make that the music video.

Seriously though, how much did it cost to make those outfits?
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Rose0fMay Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
If you're just talking materials, each gown was about $100-150. Labor of course, increases the price from there. Each girl paid for her own dress though, so other than my own, I'm not out any more dollars than usual.
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AndytheB-Artist Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist
You're talking to someone who spent very little for his last two costumes. for my Bruce Springsteen costume (which is my Avatar), we already had the jeans, the headband, and the Guitar Hero guitar. The leather jacket was given to my family free of charge and I can't imagine my shirt cost more than $10.

I also have a Peter Pan costume which only cost somewhere in the area of $25 ($18 for the shirt and shorts alone). [link]

Even though my family is in the top 20% of all income-earning households, your prices seem out of reach for me.
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Caraphae Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, what a brilliant concept realization! Wonderful cosplayers, too. All these dresses are amazing!
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Narxinba222 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012   Digital Artist
featured here: [link]
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AgentPingoX69Oo Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
I am completely in love. You truly have a gift. These dresses are so amazing... I just... wow...
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aiko137 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
I tried cosplayling Twilight Sparkle in her gala dress, but it didn't turn out so well... :( Great job though!
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Lowee333 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
I Want one sooooooooooooooooo buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucking baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad!!!
How much would it take for you to open a shop! You must! I have been on a hunt for cosplay clothing that is made with the right matterials and you use them!!!
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Rose0fMay Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
The simplest answer is that the general cosplay community can't afford my work =/

I'm really glad you appreciate things like fabric choices, you're absolutely right, it does make a difference!
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Lowee333 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
I know that there is a market for as close to the real thing as possable cosplay you could do like an internet shop and take custom orders. I know at least 10 cosplayers who are willing to pay top dollar for there cosplay including myself.
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Rose0fMay Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
Well, I don't want to open a flood gate of commissions with an online store, because ultimately I'm a selfish creature who would usually rather work on my stuff, but it also depends on the project. I'm open to discuss one for those who private message me. If you're interested, or know of others who are, you are always welcome to ask me.

I'm glad that there are people out there who understand and appreciate all the work that goes into quality custom jobs. :)
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karkovice1 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
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myers30534 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i grew up with betzilla actually. i have known her since i was about 11 years old. she is an amazing friend.
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Patty1993 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
These are gorgeous!
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mybeautifulsilence Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You guys looked absolutely beautiful! My friend and I saw you guys Friday night and we gave y'all a holler from across the street on Sunday night. xD Best Gala Ponies, ever. <3
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Rose0fMay Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
I REMEMBER YOU! HIGH FIVE, GURL. <3
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mybeautifulsilence Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
HIGH FIVE! <3
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Firepoppy Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow, these are so amazing! The dresses and the setting and the models and the photography and the wigs and everything is just perfect!
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IronBrony Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm in awe at that you designed and made all those wonderful dresses, congrats!
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VarietyChick Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
They all came out gorgeous, but I particularly like Rainbow Dash. And Rarity's dress looks like something out of a period film!
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Rose0fMay Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
I'm in the process of writing up individual notes on each dress (currently only AJ is up), but I have a ton of stuff to say regarding that Rarity dress :3 If you'd like, I'll link you when hers is posted?
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VarietyChick Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No need; I'll just put you on watch!
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rangerkom Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Fluttershy is cute, but Dashie is hot! Applejack looks..wow.
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Rose0fMay Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
I was all like "Dash, you got a big long slit at the side of yo dress, gurl. You stick dem tree stems out."
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rangerkom Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Student General Artist
Lol.. Yeah, I can see that. :iconpinkiepiederpplz:
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TallestZatora Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
LOL yush.
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Fetch26291 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
Since you pull off AJ so well, but do Rarity's work, maybe your next cosplay should be of Rarity in an Applejack style outfit or Applejack in one of those fancy frou-frou dresses Rarity likes so much. :)
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Rose0fMay Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
We made jokes about doing the fake-gala dresses because it'd be funny, but I think my next project is actually Celestia. I want to do some special things with that outfit that I think might only be appropriate for her.
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livvylove2000 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
these dresses are so amazing, congrats!
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missellen96 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Student Photographer
coool!
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PaladinSheppard Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
Fantasitc!
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Clinkorz Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Student General Artist
Great work :) I didn't get to see you, but I met you last year at DC 2011 where you were all in causal wear. It's beautiful to see how far you guys have come <3 Can't wait to see more from you.
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