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[[caption-width-right:350:[-Being fancy doesn't mean you can't have fun wearing one.-] ]]

{{Pimped Out Dress}}es in LiveActionTV.
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* In the first TV version of ''Literature/AnneofGreenGables'', the dream of Anne’s heart is a dress “with puffed sleeves”. Thanks to Matthew, she gets her wish--over Marilla’s sneering protests.
* The UsefulNotes/{{Academy Awards|Ceremonies}}. Oh, sure, the Emmys and Tonys have pretty dresses too, but what else is the point of the Red Carpet segment? Certainly not those little interviews. The Red Carpet is ''made'' for this trope.
* The first three ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' series had quite a few, particularly Elizabeth's dresses in the second series.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' has a few, notably Buffy's 18th century style [[BlueBlood noble lady]] outfit in the episode "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E6Halloween Halloween]]".
* ''Series/TheCarolBurnettShow'' had several, since Bob Mackie did the costuming.
* In ''Film/TheChristmasToy'', one of the toys was a CaptainErsatz of {{Franchise/Barbie}}, and she wears a HappyHolidaysDress that is [[EverythingsBetterWithSparkles glittery blue]] with a [[PrettyInMink white fur cape and hat]] (then she decides to get changed for the rescue mission).
* ''Series/DesigningWomen'' finds ways to fit in a few, like in a fantasy sequence in the final episode.
* Ace foregoes her usual bomber jacket for one of these in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial ''Ghost Light''. Once she's done crossdressing, that is.
* ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' had several, as is expected with a historical period drama set in the beginning of twenties century and in TheRoaringTwenties.
* The "lady has no taste" version is frequently used on ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'' with Mimi. Her wedding gown was covered with giant flower buds that opened at the culmination of the ceremony.
* ''Series/{{Dynasty}}'', especially when it came to shoulder pads, or anything that made the dresses sparkle.
* ''Series/ElizabethR'' of course has several, worn by Elizabeth, or others. The first episode (when she's still a princess) notes that her dress with [[PrettyInMink ermine sleeves]] is her finest gown.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'':
** Inara Serra is a registered companion, which means she leads a glamorous life. She has a few gorgeous dresses.
** In "Shindig", Kaylee played PrincessForADay in a [[PinkMeansFeminine pink]] and white dress that loaded with flounces and frills on the skirt and has tiny puff sleeves (that according to Mal made her look like "a sheep standing on its hind legs"). However, Kaylee's dress was bought in a shop. This resulted in ridicule from the local {{Alpha Bitch}}es, until Kaylee demonstrated that she knows things about spaceship engines, which instantly endeared her to the male half of that ball.
** There were of course several other dresses worn at the party in "Shindig" including the one it "takes the space of a wink to remove" that had a fancy sash, and a layered skirt with each layer bunched into frills.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Westeros has a sharp feudal class distinction, so if you are a woman you are wearing either some dirty sweaty rags or a Pimped Out Dress. However it's the royal personages like Cersei Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen and Margaery Tyrell who wear the most pimped out dresses in [[UnlimitedWardrobe the most variety of styles]]. [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg And Sansa Stark]]. A notable example is the black dress adorned with feathers which Sansa wears to signify her switch to taking charge of her life after ''years'' of being and UnwittingPawn in the games of others. The effect is quite striking.
* ''Series/HannahMontana'' had a number of outfits on stage, that started to turn into these when the show caught on and the budget went up.
* Mercedes's Gothic wedding dress in ''Series/{{Hollyoaks}}''.
* In ''Series/JustShootMe'', Maya wears a [[PrincessesPreferPink pink fairy princess dress]], with gauzy wings and a fake ermine trim, when she thinks everyone else is [[ItsACostumePartyISwear dressing up for Halloween]].
* Morgana in ''{{Series/Merlin}}'', as well as Guinevere by the end of series four, and all of the visiting princesses (of which there have been several).
* Many of the outfits in the "Parade of States/Nations" parts of the ''MissUSA'', ''MissTeenUSA'', and ''MissUniverse'' {{Beauty Contest}}s. Unfortunately also applies to child pageants, as can be seen in ''Series/ToddlersAndTiaras''. Unfortunate in that the dresses are [[AgeInappropriateDress often skimpier than they should be]].
* ''Series/MurdochMysteries'': The show is set in the late Victorian era and in the beginning of the twentieth century, and many ladies wear gorgeous dresses. Two show's coroners, Drs Julia Ogden and Emily Grace, are seen performing autopsies in beautiful outfits (no scrubs for doctors yet), and whenever the characters go to the theatre or have a dinner party, the trope is played UpToEleven.
* ''Series/ThePalace''.
* In the ChristmasEpisode of ''Series/PeeWeesPlayhouse'', Miss Yvonne wears a HappyHolidaysDress that includes HighClassGloves, [[FluffyFashionFeathers white feather trim]] on the gloves and dress neckline, and her hair done up like a Christmas tree.
* Any avant-garde challenge on ''Series/ProjectRunway'' tends to feature this.
* If there was a fancy event in ''Series/RoadToAvonlea'', then fancy dresses would be worn.[[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/avonlea_girls_fancy_51.jpg A publicity still]] shows Felicity in a red dress with dark red gauze over the sleeves and bodice, and the gauze is heavily trimmed with white lace.
* ''Series/SayYesToTheDress'' often involves pimped out dresses tried on, although they aren't always the ones chosen.
* Even the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' series will feature this trope.
** In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', Kira and Dax wear Medieval dresses for a holosuite program of the KingArthur stories.
** Lwaxana Troi of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' has several, given her high noble status, that she quite often reminds people of. Her wedding dress was particularly elaborate. The reaction when she showed up for her wedding in ''traditional'' Betazoid wedding garb (that is, completely naked) was marvelous.
* The dresses on ''Series/StrictlyComeDancing'', and ballroom dancing in general are often like this. If it involves [[FluffyFashionFeathers feathers]], [[EverythingsBetterWithSparkles glitter and/or sequins]], and moderate frills (so the dress looks fancy but can still move), so much the better.
** Same with the show's American counterpart ''Series/DancingWithTheStars''.
* Most of Azkadellia's wardrobe in ''Series/TinMan''.
* ''Series/TheTudors'' is this with about half the outfits, even though they are HollywoodCostuming. Frills, puffs, and pearls seems to be the favorite trimming the costumers use.
* ''Series/UpstairsDownstairs'', including the revival.
* ''Series/RuPaulsDragRace'' is a reality show where drag queens compete to show off their [[FunWithAcronyms Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve, and Talent]], so naturally there are going to be some true stunners.