Piece by piece, snip by snipPimped Out Dresses in Western Animation.
Croup, dock, haunch, shoulders, hip
Thread by thread, primmed and pressed
Yard by yard, never stressed
And that's the art of the dress!
Croup, dock, haunch, shoulders, hip
Thread by thread, primmed and pressed
Yard by yard, never stressed
And that's the art of the dress!
— Rarity, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
- Princess Bubblegum plays this trope straight most of the time◊, with a seemingly limitless wardrobe of gowns and pouffy dresses, but also subverts it frequently, as she seems just as comfortable wearing a hoodie and leggings, with her hair pulled back in a ponytail. She's probably also the only princess on this list that you'll see wearing a labcoat over her gown.
- A number of dresses show up in American Dad!, for various reasons, whether a costume party, or magical holiday fairies. One former tooth fairy, not a ghost of Christmas Past, wears a blue Happy Holidays Dress that has snowflake decorations and gauze layering.
- In the Animaniacs episode, "King Yakko", Hello Nurse is the kingdom's prime minister, and wears a magenta dress with ermine trim on the skirt, and a blue cloak.
- The majority of the Barbie Direct-to-Video films feature fancy dresses, usually pink, purple, or blue.
- Barbie in the Nutcracker: Clara's dancing dress is a tutu with a skirt made of several layers of gauze, and a bodice heavily trimmed with flowers.
- Barbie as Rapunzel: A purple overdress with a light purple underskirt and bodice, gold brocade edging the bodice, and a layer of lace over the sleeves and the slit in the overskirt.
- Barbie of Swan Lake: A purple dress with translucent blue fabric cut like large feathers that drapes over the skirt, flares out from the sleeves, and forms into a pair of wings over her chest.
- Barbie in the Princess and the Pauper: Anneliese wears a pink dress with lots of gauze and silk, and gold trimming on her bodice, and gold brocade on her stomacher. Erika wears a blue dress with lace trimming, pink ribbons, and a flower-embroidered white petticoat.
- Barbie Fairytopia: The fairy girls wear dresses that are flower-themed, usually in the form of skirts cut to look like blooming flowers, but some outfits have flowers trimming them.
- Barbie in the Twelve Dancing Princesses: Each princess wears a fancy dress. Most have a frilled hem, short overskirt that is edged with ruffled, a neckline trimmed with lace, and little puff sleeves.
- Barbie as the Island Princess: A blue dress with lots of dark blue brocade on the skirt, a pink gauzy overskirt, a heavily beaded bodice, and a peacock tail, that was actually loaned from her peacock friend.
- Barbie & The Diamond Castle: Liana and Alexa get similar dress when they are made princesses: both having lots of sparkly brocade, a gauzy oveskirt, and a Cool Crown. Even their peasant dresses are pretty fancy, being of much brighter colors and smoother fabrics than the other peasants in that world wear.
- Barbie in a Christmas Carol: Several, most worn by the Eden, the Scrooge-esque protagonist, but some are worn by others. The most prominent dresses in the marketing and covers the red dress Eden wears with the gold brocade on the bodice and gold Giant Waist Ribbon (but worn on the side), and a white dress Barbie wears that is covered with lace and has a multi-tiered pleated skirt. And the ghost of Christmas present wears a green with several rings of decorated ribbons around the skirt, to make it look like a Christmas tree.
- Barbie and the Three Musketeers: The heroines wear different dresses, but they are all loaded in their own ways with lace, brocade, frills, and overskirts and petticoats.
- Barbie: Princess Charm School: At the end, the girls wear glittery dresses, with long flowing skirts, gold trimming, and bodices where almost the entire front is Gem-Encrusted, looking like the top was cut from a huge jewel.
- Barbie: The Pearl Princess: Lumina gets a beautiful multicolored mermaid tail.
- Barbie and the Secret Door: Barbie's character gets a beautiful multicolored flowery dress.
- In the tradition of Disney, Don Bluth's movie Anastasia includes not one, but three pimped out dresses.
- One is a gorgeous, pale yellow dress with a blue sash, gauze sleeves, and strings of pearls, (and an Imperial Russian tiara), which Anya dreams up during the "Once Upon a December" song.
- Another is the very simple, dark blue strapless dress that she wears at the Parisien Opera (the train, however, certainly gives this dress its due of sparkles).
- Finally, there is the dress that she wears during the celebration her Grandmama holds, that is similar to the first dress, but with more fancy designs, and hanging sleeves.
- The Queen and Princess of Heart in The Care Bears: Adventure in Wonderland have some fancy dresses, some with heart motifs.
- These show up in the Classic Disney Shorts.
- The Damsel in Distress in "The China Shop" wears a blue 18th century dress with purple bows and ribbons, and a pink petticoat.
- The girl in "The Moth and the Flame" wears a red dress with a short pink skirt, and a collar and hem trimmed with white fur.
- The Cookie Queen in "The Cookie Carnival" is given a dress made out of food. It has a cupcake paper as a skirt frame, blue and white eclair creme to make the frilly overdress, heart candies decorating the middle of the skirt, and the only non-food related item is a blue Giant Waist Ribbon. The concept art showed the dress being red and white. And she's not the only one, as "Miss Strawberry Blonde" wears a skirt that is a strawberry shortcake where the layers get wider from the top down.
- Daria has a few, some in the show, but most in the credits pictures.
- Some show up in Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers. An odd case is a blue one in worn an opera with an ermine cape and little ermine overskirt. The odd part was the Chip later found and put on a small one to distract the episode's villain.
- The Disney Princesses have a fair amount. Their many fancy dresses could fill out this trope by themselves, but in their merchandising, the dresses are fancied up even further. A few sets trim the dresses with ribbons, white fur, and white fur muffs with huge ribbons on them. Another set turns all the dresses gold. Another trims all the dresses with jewels, and that actually comes in two varieties: a set with them just wearing the bejeweled dresses, and a set with them wearing the dresses and similarly bejeweled white fur Capes. Disney also made quite a few paper doll books based on their princesses with outfits they didn't wear in the movie.
- Snow White had a few. Snow White's iconic dress has the golden skirt, blue bodice, round white collar, and slashed puff sleeves with red fabric underneath. Even the evil queen got a black and purple dress with white ermine trimming (although the animation doesn't make that clear) and some gold decorations.
- Cinderella is an unusual example of actually showing the pimping-out process, featuring a scene in which her animal friends pimp out her ball gown, unfortunately they used beads and a sash belonging to her stepsisters, who used that excuse to tear the dress apart. Her iconic silvery dress, with the puffed overskirt, little puff sleeves, and glass slippers, was instead made with magic sparkles thanks to her Fairy Godmother.
- Ariel gets a few in The Little Mermaid: The pink and white luncheon dress with the slashed puff sleeves, her Fairytale Wedding Dress, and her dresses in the sequel, The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea.
- Belle wears a few in Beauty and the Beast. Her iconic dress is gold with a ribbon trimming the skirt, and the fabric on the skirt and neckline made to bunch up, creating a puff effect. Her pink dress had the frill trimming on the sleeves and hem. Her Happy Holidays Dress in Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas is wine colored with the underskirt, bodice, and sleeve ruffles being golden yellow with brocade, has small roses on the sleeves and neckline, and a Giant Waist Ribbon at the back of the waist (that is even bigger in The Merch).
- Princess Jasmine from Aladdin has a few outfits that fits this trope, most of them cheerfully combining it with Bare Your Midriff.
- Even Pocahontas, with her modest wardrobe got a paper doll book with outfits of the Braids, Beads and Buckskins variety. Made before the direct-to-video sequal, but had a page that said "Later in life, Pocahontas went to London. These are some dresses she would've worn." It showed a couple of dresses in the fashion of that era.
- Princess Kida of Atlantis from Atlantis: The Lost Empire is a notable exception to this trend, as well as to the official Disney Princess line-up, for the sole reason that the movie she was in sunk at the box office.
- The Princess and the Frog has a number of old-fashioned ones, though most are either explicitly handmade costumes or magically conjured. Charlotte likes to wear pink dresses with puff sleeves and very wide skirts. Tiana wears a few as well, for various reasons. One is a white flapper dress with a white fox stole she wears in an Imagine Spot. Her second dress is blue and has a small bit of trimmings. Her third dress, and first wedding dress, is magically made, and lilly-pad themed, with the bodice and skirt having fabric cut and layered to look like leaves. She then wears a fancy conventional wedding dress and evening gown at the end. During the party she was catering, she also wears an earth-toned dress with purple accents designed to look like medieval court wear.
- Rapunzel in Tangled wears a mildly pimped out purple and lavender dress, with a few ribbons, and slashed sleeves. Her wedding dress is more pimped out with lots of lace, a huge veil, diamond tiara, and tiny puff sleeves.
- Elsa from Frozen makes her own Pimped-Out Dress from ice and snow.
- The Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland wears a dress with a high collar, underskirt with the black and gold chevron design, and the overskirt with white ermine trim (although that's clear just in a still during the opening credits; the animation limitations made it look like just a solid white trim in the main film).
- Yzma sports villainous versions of this trope in The Emperor's New Groove. At one point, the huge ribbed wing/collar... thing.. attached to her current outfit falls off, and she hastily pushes it out of sight.
- Gargoyles had a Shout-Out to Beauty and the Beast, where Elisa Maza once wore Belle's golden ballgown on Halloween while Goliath wore Beast's dress suit.
- Cinderella in Happily N'Ever After get's a Pink dress with Opera Gloves, an overskirt with brocade trimming, a lighter pink ruffled petticoat, and a heart-shapes stomacher. At the end, she wears a similar blue dress.
- In Kim Possible: So the Drama, Kim is seen wearing a mildly pimped-out prom dress, which gets charred by a Diablo's laser beams, prompting her to shout, "Do you know how much babysitting I had to do to buy this dress?"
- Lady Lovely Locks and her friends wore similar dresses that each had medium poofy sleeves, and three rings of frills on their skirts. Otherwise the dresses varied in with the ruffles, ribbons, and other details. Duchess Ravenwaves wore a dark purple dress with puffed sleeves and leaf-like layers of different colored fabric on the sleeves and skirt.
- Despite being equines, the My Little Pony series and toy line finds ways to dress them up. We saw this from a Fashion Show in the second TV special, to Rarity from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic being a fashion designer with a penchant for creating these.
- "Suited for Success" was about making dresses for her friends, but their Taking Advantage of Generosity turned the dresses into Impossibly Tacky Clothes. They made it up to her by completing the dress she designed for herself. In the meantime, Rarity sang a song about making fancy dresses, "Art of the Dress".
- The practicalities of Pimped Out Dresses are lampshaded, Rarity spends one party standing in a corner ordering everyone to keep well away from her for fear of damaging it, any amount of strenuous effort tends to leave them disheveled, and they make sure to take them off before actually getting into a fight (with Rarity seen carefully smoothing them out and folding them up despite an 'in progress' invasion occuring).
- Queen Victoria in The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! wears a light yellow dress loaded with frills on the shoulders, collar, and first petticoat, and a Steam Punk mechanical second petticoat.
- When the girls in Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders are in regular clothes, they can be pimped out. Gwenevere has worn a pink mini dress with gold stars decorating it, and a pink dress with puff sleeves and a three-tiered skirt.
- The eponymous Princess Sissi wears many in the show.
- There is a yellow dress with a blue petticoat, blue ribbons and pink bows on the skirt, and gold decorations on the bodice.
- A green dress with puff sleeves, white ruffles on the hem and neckline, and several strips of yellow frills on the front of the bodice and skirt.
- A blue dress with white trimming and pink bows on the skirt and neckline.
- A white dress with a pink petticoat and neckline, puff sleeves, and a string of pearls worn around the waist.
- Finally, there is her wedding dress, with Opera Gloves, flowers, frills, and puff sleeves.
- In the video Princess Sydney Christmas: Three Gold Coins, Sydney wears a few dresses, such a a red Happy Holidays Dress with a thick, white fur hem and neckline, and a coronation dress with an ermine cape and ermine-trimmed skirt.
- The eponymous She-Ra: Princess of Power wears a white Mini Dress Of Power that has loads of gold decorations, a gold Cool Crown shaped like wings, and a short red cape.
- In Total Drama Island, Courtney wears a purple dress in the episode "The Princess Pride", that is basically a Palette Swap of Cinderella's dress, save for the fancy diamond tiara. In the episode "Niagra Brawls", she wears a white version of that dress as a Fairytale Wedding Dress.
- The Winx Club have fancy dresses and gowns on certain occasions, they have plenty of them to give the Barbie a run for her money.
- Vanellope Von Schweetz gets a frilly, pink, fancy, and heavy dress after her finish line cross in Wreck-It Ralph resets the game and restores her to her proper position as princess of Sugar Rush. She chooses her regular clothes, however (hoodie, candy cup skirt and mismatched stockings) and role of president.
- Of course Ever After High would have this.
- In The Book of Life, La Muerte's dress is covered in embroidery and marigolds, spreads out across the ground and is bordered at the hem with lit candles.