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Grand Galloping Gala : Applejack by Rose0fMay Grand Galloping Gala : Applejack by Rose0fMay
A breakdown of the designs of each of the MLP gala dresses I did this year, starting with Applejack!

I will be making collages like these for all the dresses this week, but until then to see the entire group photo, click here, or here.
See Twilight Sparkle's gown here!
See Pinkie Pie here.
See Rarity here.
See Fluttershy here!
Next up: Rainbow Dash

Let it first be known that I am 100% aware that I am not a crazy awesome artist like many of my friends, and so keep that in mind when pointing and laughing at the mitton hands.

Jack, Get Your Apples
For Applejack's design, I was heavily influenced by and channeled as much of Annie Oakley as I could. She's one of my favorite historical ladies, and GAWD I LOVE CONCHOS. The western interpretation of country seemed to mesh well for her, partly because Applejack's accent sounds Texan, and partly because her cousin Braeburn's settlement was in a setting that very much mimicked Old West. And, let's be real, Annie Oakley and Applejack would totally be buds.

Applejack needed a gown that would blend in enough to toast champagne with the Hoity Toity’s of such an extravagant event, but also one that wouldn’t constrict her badass-ery, or take her too far from elements that are traditional of her lifestyle and iconic to her character. The silhouette of her gown was clear to me - straight forward, no-nonsense, no extra frills, no frivolous decoration. Everything on her gown must serve some practical purpose. The only way to convince her to strap into some fancy duds would be to provide her with a gown that was practical enough to allow her to be hands on with her business.

Do I dare try to make burlap pass for fancy?
The steel-boned corset, textured apron, and fringe are all genuine leather. The skirt and collar is a very loose weave best described as a soft, supple burlap. Seriously, if you could feel that fabric, it’s just…incredible. It was exactly what I was searching for, but after months of shopping, I was starting to think it just didn’t exist. I definitely did a spastic little jig in the store when I found it. Probably my favorite fabric find of this whole project. The boots were actually the ones I had used with the regular outfits last year, painted and prettified. I had already decided I wanted to use my real boots with the regular outfits instead, and these shorter boots were perfect for the skirt length.

What I would change for the future
I never got around to getting my gloves, saddlebag, or collar tips together, so I would like to do those before this group comes together again. I'd also like to finish my neck tie.

The wig didn’t get as thick as I wanted, despite sewing in an entire second wig’s worth of hair into it, so I’d like to continue to bulk it up. It’s tricky because of the length, which is so difficult to control. Ultimately I’d like fuller bangs, similar to my regular Applejack wig, and to corkscrew curl the tail of the braid. I’d also like to secure the braid so that smaller hairs won’t catch and frizz on the studs of the corset.


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.

Design sketch and modeled by ~ me!
Photo by ~ Eurobeat Kasumi
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Argornash35 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I just have to support artistic vision and craftsmanship such as this. Love what you do! :)
rnko26 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
very nice
very very nice
nekomiKasai Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Killeia Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
those are so spot on! nice ! 
PhillarkM Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That corset is stunning. I want it. so bad.
ValenMosquera Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
Best pony!
BethieTheArtist Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Student General Artist
This is seriously inspirational. I have started working on my own AJ Grand Galloping Gala cosplay. Thank you I cannot tell you how much I love this. 
EllyCooArts Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! nice cosplay!
TexasUberAlles Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Far and away the best Applejack cosplay I have ever seen; really just brilliant work.
Fluttershyisbesttree Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
How did you make the corset?
saber360 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
VERY nice ^^
bloodwolf23 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Student
Wow...this is so pretty! And its something that I coud see being worn at a dance or something of the like! Excellent job!!!!! :)
supergeek17 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Oh my God... your attention to detail is amazing! This is beautiful!
YouAskMeFirst2 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh Holy Crap... I'd wear that!!!!!!
AppieJackie Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Ya'll make and sell these sorts of things? Or do ya'll know anypony who does make and sell pony outfits? Ah'd love ta get mah hooves on somethin' even a tenth as amazin' as this!
Rose0fMay Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
I occasionally accept commissions, but honestly, I don't like spending every waking hour patterning and sewing, so I keep it very low-key.
AppieJackie Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Believe me, ah understand the feelin'. To make somethin' look so amazin', ya've gotta put a lotta work into it. Ah can see why it would be hard to take commissions, given the likely demand.
Fenwolf2003 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
Really stunning work here.

Chibi-pets Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012   Artisan Crafter
This is not only well done! this is very sexy!
altgrendel Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
Great work, can't wait for details on the others.
Amelia-Seyruun Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012

Seriously THE best Gala Applejack EVER.
greeniegogo Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
So, yeah, this is awesome/
ardashir Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
You've done an amazing job on that dress.
Sannasaurus-Rex Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
All these dresses were amazing and still amazing still! :O
CliffNordman Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
1. Your commitment to accuracy is so meta! Imitating the show by designing and building all six dresses yourself!

2. I didn't see this group at Dragon*Con. NOOOOOoooooooO!
Rose0fMay Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
All giggles aside, IT REALLY WAS JUST LIKE THAT EPISODE. Except, without all the girls reacting awkwardly when I first showed them their dresses. It really was incredibly fun, but boy did it eat up my time!

I'm sure we'll wear them again next year :3
TheAntiCat Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
It would be hard to imagine anyone doing better than this. I'm simply gobsmacked.
Vittiv Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
dfsdgesmgnhfsbjfh PERFECT *___*
bangayo Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
vraiment sublime, le costume ainsi que la charmante créatrice ^^
inki-drop Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
OMG so cute! What a wonderful reinterpretation of the show's original design, I really love this! Great work!
LcPsycho Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Kickass job. Thee Rose0fMay never fails at impressing.
Luinemarelda Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012   General Artist
ViTheDeer Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is crazy awesome! Such great work!
Tyruas Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is awesome. :O
lordsjaak Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wow that look reall awsome :wow:
DaoPian Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
11/10 on detail
Bronysith Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
i Think i saw this Cosplay at dragoncon 2012, it was very well done. amazing job
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