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Empress Elisabeth of Austria, Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1865)

"I have to get fitted for my custom dress... It cost me 1 million Inotium, you know."

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In a nutshell, a dress made with a whole bunch of fancy trimmings, and/or materials, just to make it look pretty.

This has long been Truth in Television. Wearing such a dress in Real Life serves two simultaneous purposes.

  1. To clearly show the wealth and/or social status of the lady wearing it.
  2. To make the lady wearing it look good.

In fiction, there are also two simultaneous purposes.

  1. To clearly show the wealth/social status of the lady wearing it, or to show that She Cleans Up Nicely (especially with Princess for a Day).
  2. So that the artist or costumer can show off.

The exact form of the dress doesn't matter. It can apply to grand, sweeping gowns, or mini dresses. What matters is the heavy use of fancy materials or decorations (which can be expensive, even today).

Some of the most common gown pimping options include:

  • Many, many yards of cloth, including layers of skirts, capes, trains, and long hanging sleeves
  • Puffs, including Giant Poofy Sleeves
  • Slashes, Puffs pulled through slashes, and Goring (folds of fabric sewn in between slashes)
  • Ribbons
  • Frills, flounces, ruffles, and pleats
  • Lace and gauze
  • Embroidery and Brocade
  • Tassles or Fringes
  • A corset or bustier (visible or just holding up the fancy bodice)
  • Several layers of petticoats, sleeves, or other parts of the dress.
  • A frame to hold the skirt in shape (most common were farthingales, panniers, crinolines, and bustles)
  • A Reticella collar or lace ruff
  • Bloomers worn underneath the dress (sometimes visible, sometimes not)
  • Flowers (real or fake)
  • Jewelry (or anything that makes sparkles)
  • Gold or Silver Lamé
  • Fur (trimming the dress, or even lining it for warmth)
  • Feathers
  • A large, fancy design or symbol, or lots of smaller symbols
  • Gloves (long, especially High-Class Gloves, or short depending on the sleeve length and/or neckline). Usually white, but can be worn in colors to match or contrast with the dress.
  • A matching Hand Muff, Cape, Stole, Hat and/or other accessories.
  • Fancy Hair Decorations
  • Veil (whether the large ones for weddings or the smaller ones attached to hats)
  • Bouquet (for wedding dresses, and other occasions depending on the culture)
  • A parasol (depending on the period)
  • A hand fan, usually the folding kind, and sometimes fur-trimmed.
  • If possible, incorporating some of the Requisite Royal Regalia (especially if the wearer is a queen or a princess)

There is no real objective line between this and a regular evening dress, so it's more a manner of how obvious it is the dress is pimped out. Say a lady has an evening dress with a fancy design embroidered onto a small part of the skirt. Fancy and stylish, but it's not that obvious, even when you see the skirt. So it wouldn't be this kind of dress. If most or all of the dress was instead almost covered in embroidered designs, it would be this trope.

Sometimes a character with a Clothes Make the Legend dress uses this trope to make her dress fancier, while still keeping its iconic look.

This trope might conceivably apply to men's clothes, but in fiction, this type of outfit is usually reserved for either known historical uses, based off those uses, or else characters who are outright fops. Of course, a guy who is any sort of Crossdresser may play the trope completely straight simply by copying female fashion—for the most obvious, the Drag Queen almost always loves this kind of glamorous and ultra-feminine dress, and indeed is likely to wear clothes like this much more often than most women in modern times.

This will show up more often when combined with princesses, especially Princess Classic. In any setting where elves are present, and clothes are described, about every other outfit is likely to be given loads of details. It's highly likely that all clothes female dark elves wear will be this, including when they are a Sharp Dressed Woman. There are also quite a few games on the web which involve using sprites to make Virtual Paper Dolls, which allow mixing and matching to make pimped out dresses.

Real Life Fashion designers still love to make these, whether they are the impractical dresses on runways, or the slightly more practical dresses on red carpet events.

A Sub-Trope of Costume Porn and Impractically Fancy Outfit

A Super-Trope to:

There are a lot of Sister Tropes, as this can overlap with them all:

Compare Pimped-Out Car.

Compare/Contrast Simple, yet Opulent and Little Black Dress.

Contrast Modest Royalty, Real Women Don't Wear Dresses.

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  • Las Meninas: The Princess Protagonist is in a lovely gown known as a Guardainfante, black and white and embroidered with florals, befitting her station. Both ladies-in-waiting are also in voluminous silver gowns.
  • Ophelia (Millais): The titular character is wearing a fine-looking dress with intricate gold detailing that almost makes her blend in with her surroundings.
  • The Swing: The woman's billowing dress is made of silk. It has ruffled sleeves and hemline, at least two layers of cloth (a pink outer one and an inner white one), and a white, laced bodice.

    Fan Works 
  • In Beyond Heroes: Of Sunshine and Red Lyrium, it's indicated that Varric considers some if not most of the dresses worn at the Winter Palace ball to be of this nature. He describes the people around him as being dressed in "voluminous floof and fripperies."
  • Lydia makes one of these for herself for her senior prom in Cinderjuice. Because she's Lydia, it's adorned with sparkling black beadwork designed to look like bats and cobwebs.
  • All of Zelda's outfits in the game mod Hyrule: Total War fall into this, whether it's her canonical dress, a pink and white mini dress with a large red jewel on her belt and on her collar, or a blue and white dress with a heavily ornamented belt and blue jewel.
  • Nalanda's wardrobe in Jedi Padme Trilogy is just as elaborate as all of Amidala's fancy clothes in the movies.
  • In Kyon: Big Damn Hero, Mikuru made a pimped out Gothic Lolita dress for Tsuruya to wear in a single day.
  • In Meeting Someone New, a The Hobbit fanfic, Dís forces Kíli to wear a fancy tunic with embroidery, and all sorts of bling in his hair for a special occasion. He is very grumpy about it.
  • In Never Alone, both Lelouch and Cornelia lament on going to a ball hosted by their brother Clovis, since the latter will pick out their outfits. Cornelia described her own outfit as combining the impracticality of a Victorian ball gown with the tackiness of a cocktail dress, while Lelouch's suit is said to have more laces than lingerines. Cornelia's only question when Lelouch announces his plan for revenge against Clovis is about the Noodle Implement he'll use.
  • In RainbowDoubleDash's Lunaverse, Princess Luna is noted to wear absolutely fabulous, sparkly, and gorgeous dresses to the noble balls as a way of showing off her wealth, power, and artistic taste. Except when she decides to set it all aside to give her Decadent Court a message about failing to uphold their duties to the common pony.
  • The Rod Squad, a Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers Alternate Universe Fic set in The '70s, ends in these.
  • In SAPR, a crossover between My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and RWBY, Ciel Soleil turns out to have a taste for old fashion and incredibly elaborate gowns. This comes as a complete shock to everyone who knows her because of her normal persona. She starts squealing like a schoolgirl at the prospect of going on a date with someone who she perceives to have the same old tastes and values as herself.
  • In Voldemort's Daughter Belladonna's dress for her fifteenth birthday ball is made of butterfly silk and has a jeweled neckline, beaded chains and tiny diamond beads at the hem. This is accessorized by a goblin-silver tiara, silver armbands and diamond-and-silver bracelets.

    Films — Animation 
  • 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).
  • 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 Parisian 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 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 as 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 12 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 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.
  • The Queen and Princess of Heart in The Care Bears: Adventure in Wonderland have some fancy dresses, some with heart motifs.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 Bedlah Babe.
    • 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 sequel, 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.
      • Megara and Esmeralda, too. Meg stays in a light pink toga for the entire film, and Esmeralda wears a glittery red dress for exactly one scene before swapping back to her normal clothes. She also spends the entirety of the climax wearing nothing but a chemise.
    • 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 lily-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 — a slinky, sparkly ice-blue number with a slit clear up to mid-thigh, and a snowflake-patterned sheer cape just to cap the whole thing off. Needless to say, it became instantly iconic.
  • 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.
  • Queen Tara's gorgeous petal dress in Epic (2013). In fact, it actually seems to come as a package deal with being queen. When a new one is crowned, she magically gets a similar dress.
  • Cinderella in Happily N'Ever After gets a Pink dress with High-Class 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.
  • 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 Steampunk mechanical second petticoat.
  • 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.

  • Illustrations for Adalmina's Pearl show Adalmina in properly fancy dresses for a princess.
  • In A Brother's Price, everyone at the ball at the royal palace seem to wear some variant of this. Jerin's shirt has little bells sewn onto the sleeves, and he complains that he feels like his culture's equivalent of a Christmas tree.
  • Shows up in Discworld a few times.
    • Princess Keli's Vermine-trimmed dress in Mort.
      Whoever had designed the dress didn't known when to stop. They'd put lace over the silk, and trimmed it with black vermine, and strung pearls anywhere that looked bare, and puffed and starched the sleeves and then added silver filigree and then started over with the silk.
    • Esme Weatherwax buys one of these in Maskerade to blend in with an opera crowd. It's black, of course, because Granny wouldn't wear anything else, but it's "black on holiday" with lots of jet beads and sequins.
    • Defied by City Watch Commander Samuel Vimes (formerly a lowly Night Watch captain, then knighted and later made Duke of Ankh against his will), who goes out of his way to avoid wearing his hated official ducal outfits as much as possible. These consist of a velvet cloak and hat, a red shirt with silly baggy sleeves, tights and puffed shorts, a "tiny shiny breastplate" and a helmet with feathers in it. Yet Vimes's stubbornly proletarian soul prefers a honest policeman's outfit (leather knee-breeches, leather cloak, sandals or sturdy boots, a dented breastplate and a helmet blessedly free of any silly feathers), the sartorial conflict is preprogrammed.
    • The wizards of Unseen University love ornate and grand robes. They have shown a magpie-like (if magpies were a bunch of fat old nicotine-addicted men in beards) fascination with glittery accessories and tend to pimp out their robes and broadbrimmed pointy hats as much as possible. Or at least the older and more conservative wizards do. There's no use in being important if commoners cannot see how important you are, they argue. A fine example was the sentient Archchancellors' Hat, which had, among other things, a ring of blazing octarine stones affixed all around its rim which gave it "a rich and sinister tastelessness". Even more elaborate are their festive costumes, as seen during formal occasions such as the wizards' procession:
      There were a lot of them [wizards] in the hall, in all their glory. And there was nothing finer than a wizard dressed up formally, until someone could find a way of inflating a Bird of Paradise, possibly by using an elastic band and some kind of gas.
    • Even the incompetent Rincewind the Wizzard, in his threadbare moth-eaten red robes and flip-flops, dreams of a new wizarding hat with fresh sequins and "those, you know, like glass chandelier things? Lots of those all round the rim" and its inscription Wizzard spelled with three Zs.
    • There's a mention in The Fifth Elephant that a number of female dwarves decided that if they were going to overturn centuries of tradition by presenting themselves as female, they weren't going to then just settle for twinset and pearls. Cheery admits that her dress made her look like a "rather stupid lettuce", suggesting that they've worked out fanciness but are still struggling with taste.
  • Ayla's Matrimonial outfit in Earth's Children. We are treated to a very detailed description of it - among other things, the leather's been specially treated to stay supple, it's been dyed a gold-like colour and has hundreds of amber beads sewn over it in an intricate pattern. Everyone who sees it is practically awed. Ayla herself thinks it's very beautiful and it has personal value to her as it was made by people she considered family, but her new in-laws know just from looking that the outfit is fit for someone of very high status because of how long it would've taken to make and the quality of the materials and craftsmanship.
  • In The Goblin Emperor, the ladies at court tend to wear this. How tasteful the dresses are, varies. And then there's poor Maia who has to wear clothes befitting an Emperor, which includes a lot of jewels in his hair, a lot of rings on his hands, and not much protection against the cold weather.
  • Journey to Chaos: Being a royal, Kasile often wears fancy clothing and especially on special occasions like the Spring Joust or opening ceremony for the New Scepter competition. All of them involve embroidery and layered skirts, and because she is Ataidaran royalty, there are a lot of rubies, the royal crest is writ large on her sash, and the dresses themselves have fire motifs.
  • In Kushiel's Legacy, Phèdre spends a while waxing lyrical about her dress before every fête, ball, masque or other special occasion. The red and black dress for her first assignation comes to mind, and the gown she wore in Kushiel's Avatar to murder the Mahrkagir with her hair-pin. And when she wears a gown with a low back, that shows her tattoo, she means business.
  • In the fantasy series Lady of Gems, the Enchantress Hiresha’s 27 ceremonial robes certainly qualify.
  • The Magic Map: Cities in the Living Map all have jewel-studded evening gowns, representing their beautiful city skylines.
  • Since Mistborn: The Original Trilogy has a bunch of Dances and Balls, the heroine wears a number of these at various points. Several get ruined during the first book when Vin gets attacked during the balls and has to rip off her dress to fight effectively. In the second and third books, she gets around that by finding a dressmaker who specifically makes dresses that aren't such a bother to fight in.
  • Mark Twain's "The Loves of Alonzo Fitz Clarence and Rosannah Ethelton" gives a detailed description of the dress Rosannah is wearing when she first speaks to Alonzo (over the telephone), tongue-in-cheekishly calling it "subdued attire" in the following paragraph.
    Her gown was of a simple magenta tulle, cut bias, traversed by three rows of light-blue flounces, with the selvage edges turned up with ashes-of-roses chenille, over-dress of dark bay tartalan with scarlet satin lambrequins; corn-colored polonaise, en panier, looped with mother-of-pearl buttons and silver cord, and hauled aft and made fast by buff velvet lashings; basque of lavender reps, picked out with valenciennes; low neck, short sleeves; maroon velvet necktie edged with delicate pink silk; inside handkerchief of some simple three-ply ingrain fabric of a soft saffron tint; coral bracelets and locket-chain; coiffure of forget-me-nots and lilies-of-the-valley massed around a noble calla.
  • Nightfall (Series): Prince Vladimir forces Myra to wear one. She hates it since she realizes he picked it specifically because it would limit her movements and would make escape attempts more difficult.
  • The Queen Of Ieflaria: Esofi dresses in a gorgeous, bejeweled, trailing dress when attending a high-class party.
  • Alexander Pope, when writing The Rape of the Lock, knew better than to insert lavish descriptions of Belinda's outfits... however, considering that her petticoat alone, with its fifty-sylph guard of honor, is described in terms of which Achilles himself would have been proud, it simply follows that the dress that goes over it is equally sumptuous.
  • Esme Squalor in A Series of Unfortunate Events wears a bizarre and disturbing variant — a huge dress that looks like a fire, complete with black lace for smoke, which crackles when she walks.
    • Esme Squalor loves this trope in a twisted way, as she is always wearing something ridiculously pimped out because it is "In," including stiletto heels that are actual stiletto knives.
  • Qilue in Silverfall by Ed Greenwood came to the masquerade (for some business, not to show off) in such "[un-]dress" that everyone automatically assumed it's a "princess" costume:
    Simylra: a lady... and not quite naked. She's wearing some black leather straps—here and there, you know.note  They must bear some powerful spells; her disguise is nearly perfect.
    Cathlona: Her disguise?
    Simylra: A drow princess. ...Gods, how can anyone compete with that?
    Cathlona: (looking for herself) Simmy, either get me a drink—a very large drink—or let me go home...
    Dumathchess Ilchoas "the Dauntless": ...A woman, did you say? You mean you're not really a drow princess?
    Qilue: A drow princess? No...
  • Sansa's wedding outfit in A Song of Ice and Fire. Even if not the most elaborate gown in the series, it's certainly the most Costume Porn for one. This is just a partial quote from Citadel:
    "a gown of ivory samite and cloth-of-silver, lined with silvery satin, with long dagged sleeves that were almost touching the ground, the bodice slashed almost to the belly, the deep vee covered over with a panel of ornate Myrish lace in dove-grey, long and full skirts and very tight waist; tight slippers of soft grey doeskin; a costly maiden's cloak, meant for a wedding ceremony, made of velvet heavy with pearls, embroidered in silver, and fastened by a silver chain."
  • Parodied in a short story wherein a designer makes dresses so elaborate and ridiculous that they completely obscure the woman inside. At the end of the story, the men at a garden party start to notice that the women at the party are weirdly unresponsive, because they are just talking to empty dresses. It turns out that the women are all hanging out inside the house in their underwear..
  • The Starbound Trilogy: In These Broken Stars, Lilac is wearing a flouncy silk emerald ballgown when she and Tarver are marooned on a deserted planet. It's soon in tatters as they trek through forests and across plains and mountains, and she abandons it as soon as she finds a change of clothes. The whispers replicate it when they bring her back to life.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In the first TV version of Anne of Green Gables, 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 Academy Awards. 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 Blackadder series had quite a few, particularly Elizabeth's dresses in the second series.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer has a few, notably Buffy's 18th century style noble lady outfit in the episode "Halloween".
  • The Carol Burnett Show had several, since Bob Mackie did the costuming.
  • In The Christmas Toy, one of the toys was a Captain Ersatz of Barbie, and she wears a Happy Holidays Dress that is glittery blue with a white fur cape and hat (then she decides to get changed for the rescue mission).
  • In The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, the members of the Vapra Clan have the most elegant and showy dresses among the Gelflings. Hup steals one for Deet to improve her chances to have an audience with the All-Maudra Mayrin.
  • Designing Women 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 Doctor Who serial Ghost Light. Once she's done crossdressing, that is.
  • Downton Abbey had several, as is expected with a historical period drama set in the beginning of twenties century and in The Roaring '20s.
  • The "lady has no taste" version is frequently used on The Drew Carey Show with Mimi. Her wedding gown was covered with giant flower buds that opened at the culmination of the ceremony.
  • Dynasty (1981), especially when it came to shoulder pads, or anything that made the dresses sparkle.
  • Elizabeth R of course has several, worn by Elizabeth, or others. The first episode (when she's still a princess) notes that her dress with ermine sleeves is her finest gown.
  • Firefly:
    • Inara Serra is a registered companion, which means she leads a glamorous life. She has a few gorgeous dresses.
    • In "Shindig", Kaylee played Princess for a Day in a 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 Bitches, 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.
  • Game of Thrones: 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 the most variety of styles. 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 Unwitting Pawn in the games of others. The effect is quite striking.
  • Hannah Montana 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 Hollyoaks.
  • In Just Shoot Me!, Maya wears a pink fairy princess dress, with gauzy wings and a fake ermine trim, when she thinks everyone else is dressing up for Halloween.
  • Morgana in 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 Miss USA, Miss Teen USA, and Miss Universe Beauty Contests. Unfortunately also applies to child pageants, as can be seen in Toddlers & Tiaras. Unfortunate in that the dresses are often skimpier than they should be.
  • Murdoch Mysteries: 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 to extremes.
  • The Palace.
  • In the Christmas Episode of Pee-wee's Playhouse, Miss Yvonne wears a Happy Holidays Dress that includes High-Class Gloves, white feather trim on the gloves and dress neckline, and her hair done up like a Christmas tree.
  • Any avant-garde challenge on Project Runway tends to feature this.
  • If there was a fancy event in Road to Avonlea, then fancy dresses would be worn.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.
  • Say Yes to the Dress often involves pimped out dresses tried on, although they aren't always the ones chosen.
  • Even the Star Trek series will feature this trope.
    • In Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Kira and Dax wear Medieval dresses for a holosuite program of Arthurian Legend.
    • Lwaxana Troi of Star Trek: The Next Generation 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 Strictly Come Dancing, and ballroom dancing in general are often like this. If it involves feathers, glitter and/or sequins, and moderate frills (so the dress looks fancy but can still move), so much the better.
  • Most of Azkadellia's wardrobe in Tin Man.
  • The Tudors is this with about half the outfits, even though they are Hollywood Costuming. Frills, puffs, and pearls seems to be the favorite trimming the costumers use.
  • Upstairs Downstairs, including the revival.
  • RuPaul's Drag Race is a reality show where drag queens compete to show off their Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve, and Talent, so naturally there are going to be some true stunners.

  • The members of ABBA wore fancy 18th century clothes when performing at the wedding festivities of Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf in 1976.
  • The Agonist, Alissa, in "Thank You, Pain".
  • The Angelspit video for "Sleep Now".
  • BoA wore a few in the video for "Hurricane Venus".
  • Britney Spears:
  • Céline Dion has worn some for her videos, and there is her real life Fairytale Wedding Dress with loads of beading on the bodice, lots of petticoats to make the bell skirt, and after the ceremony she added a white mink jacket with wide sleeves.
  • The cover art of almost every one of Enya's albums depicts her wearing this sort of dress; notable examples are The Memory of Trees, Amarantine, And Winter Came, and The Celts. She also wears similarly gorgeous, sumptuous dresses in her music videos, such as "Caribbean Blue", "The Celts", "Only If", and "On My Way Home" (the latter also being an example of Pretty in Mink). Even her more simple dresses are still stunning and elegant, but with her ethereal beauty she could make almost anything look beautiful.
  • The singers in Hello! Project are given quite a few.
  • Playing Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Liza Arzamasova wore a red and orange dress with hanging sleeves and lots of colored beading on the sleeves and bodice.
  • A few dresses in the Martina McBride song "Blessed". The main dress is a white dress with a beaded bodice, and gauze skirt and train. While on a swing, she wears a green dress with a white gauze petticoat, and a necklace with a red butterfly. Near the end of the video, she wears a blue dress with ruching on the back of the skirt. Some of the girls in the video wore costume princess dresses.
  • mothy loves dressing up his female characters like this.
  • Roza Rymbaeva has worn one or two.
  • Sarah Brightman wears several for her concerts.
  • Taylor Swift:
    • She mentions a wedding dress looking like pasta in the lyrics for "Speak Now".
    • She wears a couple in the video for "Love Story". One is a white dress with gold floral designs down the front of the bodice and skirt. Another is a copper dress with lots of embroidery and lace. While singing that song on stage on her "Fearless Tour", she wore a red dress covered with embroidery, has lace lower sleeves, a gold stomacher, and a red and gold striped petticoat.
  • Sharon den Adel of Within Temptation designs and wears these.
  • Karen O of Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
  • The signature styles of both Hizaki and Jasmine You of Versailles, the main difference between the two being that Hizaki tends to go for "cute" while Jasmine went for "elegant". (Please also note that they're both men.)
  • Kaya is another example of a Visual Kei crossdresser who specializes in these; his dress in the video for "Transmigration" deserves special mention for its sheer impracticality (and that's not even touching his hair).

  • The dresses Amneris wears in Aida.
  • Christmas Eve's wedding dress in Avenue Q.
  • In the stage version of Beauty and the Beast, Belle's dress in the "Something There" number is pink and red with puff sleeves, ruffle edging on the overskirt and underskirt, and the overskirt bunched to make waves of puffs in the fabric (similar to Belle's gold dress in the movie). Her gold dress is made of gauze, with white hanging sleeves, and a trimming with pink flowers.
  • Several of the Cirque du Soleil shows; Alegría and La Nouba come to mind.
  • The dress Mina wears when she meets the count in Drakula.
  • Eva in Evita wears a bedazzled white ballgown when she sings "Don't Cry For Me, Argentina".
  • Phaedra in Jerusalem.
  • Many of the characters in Mr.Grumpy's Toy Shoppe have these, most townsfolk do, and you could probably call the dollies that.
  • Queen Aggravaine's wardrobe in Once Upon a Mattress consists of dresses that are cut and decoration in outlandish ways. The princesses in the story wear fancy dresses, but in more conventional styles.
  • The musical The Phantom of the Opera is loaded with these.
  • Takarazuka Revue productions are rife with this, including Peacock Girl tails, even if worn by a Bifauxnen actresses.
  • Sarah's ballgown in Tanz Der Vampire is a red dress with ruching, flower-shaped bows on the skirt, and black gauze petticoat.
  • Stage revivals of White Christmas sometimes will redo the holiday dresses worn at the end, but others will make their own versions. The Broadway version stars out with a number that has carolers in red dresses trimmed with white fur, plaid vests, fur hoods, and white fur muffs with holly at the front. The end has the Haynes sisters in two different red dresses, Judy in a dark red dress with beaded trimming and a gauze scarlet underskirt, and Betty wearing a satin scarlet dress with white fur trimming the neckline, tiers of white fur trimming the top of the skirt, and the skirt is ruffled below that. Both dresses have white opera gloves.
  • Glinda wears some in the musical Wicked. There is her ice blue dress with puff sleeves, lace, glitter, and the skirt cut in several wavy tiers. Then there is her pink dress with a small bustier on top, and a short skirt that is several layers of ruffled gauze.
    • And when other productions do their own costumes, Glinda sometimes gets even more pimped out. In a Danish production, Glinda's bubble dress is white with opera gloves, a brocaded bodice, and a gauze skirt covered with white feathers.
    • Elphaba's Act II dress is fabulous, as this article notes. It's made from up to forty yards of fabric, all stitched together onto the main black dress. And this is all just to make it look like her simple black dress has turned to rags.
  • The Ziegfeld Follies were loaded with Costume Porn, including loads of ornate dresses. Of course there is a tumblr showing lots of pictures of these outfits.
  • As befitting the real Empress, Elisabeth of Austria wears a few of these in her musical. Her Takarazuka Revue costumes are even more Pimped-Out than the original German productions. The reveal of the Sternkleid/Star Dress in the act 1 finale may draw applause, as it replicates the iconic portrait of Sisi by Franz Xaver Winterhalter (which is the trope page image, and pops up in pop culture most often whenever Sisi is mentioned).

  • American Girls Collection does this with the holiday dresses, since these are supposed to be formal outfits.
  • Barbie has easily one of the biggest collection of pimped out dresses of any fictional character ever. The line even has collection sets just for making nothing but more pimped out dresses. Some random ones include:
    • Hollywood Cast Party is a red dress with a narrow underskirt, overskirt that has lots of draping fabric, and a red feather stole.
    • The Siren is a black dress with pink ruffled petticoats, opera gloves, and a white fur stole.
    • Angel of Joy is a white dress with white embroidery, ruffled green underskirt, gauze hanging sleeves, and red and gold ribbons trimming the waist and sleeves.
    • Goddess of the Galaxy is an almost Raygun Gothic dress with a metal bustier, black and silver Showgirl Skirt that becomes gauze and silver at the bottom, and a black and silver striped coat with a flared collar.
    • Empress Bride is a Fairytale Wedding Dress with a gauze underdress, lots of gold decorations, and pearls hanging like tassels from the overskirt.
    • Queen of Sapphires is a blue dress with lots of bunched fabric, gauze petticoat, and the gauze overskirt attached to the wrist like a stole.
    • The Queen of Hearts designer dress is a red dress covered with sequins, a red cape trimmed with sequins and has a heart-shaped collar, and a red heart headdress with sequins and feathers.
    • The Queen of Hearts dress in Alice in Wonderland style is red with lots of designs over the underdress in the playing card style, gold trimming and heart decorations on the overdress, High Collar of Doom, white fur hem and cuffs, gold crown, and she is holding a croquet flamingo.
    • Holiday Jewel is a green dress with a red skirt, gold decorations trimming the cuffs, collar, and skirt, but almost covering the bodice, and has Giant Poofy Sleeves.
    • Specifically, the Happy Holidays line includes:
    • 1988 is a red dress with loads of poofy glittery gauze on the skirt and sleeves, effectively making the latter into Giant Poofy Sleeves. There is also a white waist ribbon on the front of the dress, and a large white hair bow.
    • 1989 is a white dress with a gauzy underskirt, beaded trim on the neckline, white fur trim on the overskirt, and a white fur stole.
    • 1990 is a pink dress of ruffled glittery gauze, but of a different cut than the 1988 dress. The sleeves are large, but flare out rather than puff. The skirt is also more like a wavy spiral of layers than several tiers of gauze.
    • 1991 is a green velvet dress with a beaded bodice and beads on the Giant Poofy Sleeves and hair ribbon.
    • 1992 is silver with giant poofy sleeves, gauze overskirt, and jewelry hanging like icicles on the bodice and sleeves.
    • 1993 is a red dress with a gold beaded bodice, skirt of glittery gauze and gold edging, and the sleeves are made of large red bows.
    • 1994 is a gold dress with white faux fur trimming the skirt and shoulders, a petticoat with gold embroidery flowers, jewels down the front of the bodice, sprigs of holly at the front of the shoulder fur pieces, and a headband of wrapping gold, green, and red beads.
    • 1995 is a greed dress with glitter decorations in the shape of holly, puff sleeves, a huge white collar laid flat and has holly decoration, a white tiered lace petticoat, and a red ribbon at the front of the waist that has a large silver flower over it.
    • 1996 is a burgundy dress with gold trimming, jewels down the front of the bodice, ruffled tiered gold petticoat, white fur trimming on the cuffs and collar, and a white fur muff and hat.
    • 1997 is a white dress with a red overdress mostly made of large ribbons trimming the skirt and making the sleeves. The ribbons, skirt and bodice, all have a line in the center of lace with gold glitter. The ribbons also have gold edging. It's topped by a gold tiara.
    • 1998 is a black velvet dress with diamonds on the skirt made to look like shooting stars (lines of small jewels with large jewels at the end), more diamonds speckling the bodice, and diamonds laid out in a diamond pattern on the belt and cuffs. The dress is topped with a large pink stole and jeweled tiara.
    • 1999 Holiday Treasures is a red dress with jewels in the middle of silver lines in a diamond pattern, lace trimming, puff sleeves, ribbons on the sleeves, and a white petticoat.
    • 2000 Holiday Treasures is a green dress with a red underskirt, gold decorations on the skirt, gold ribbons and lace on the top, gauze on the collar and sleeves, and a red ribbon wrapping just below the neckline.
    • 2001 Holiday Teasures is a blue dress with the overskirt bunched up asymmetrically, the right overskirt being trimmed with white fur, and a white underskirt with silver snowflakes decorating it.
    • 2000 Celebration is a gold dress with a white fur collar, gauze overskirt, white lace petticoat, gold necklace, and gold tiara.
    • 2001 Holiday Celebration is a white dress with silver starts all over the skirt, gauze sleeves, a white fur stole with red lining, and a silver tiara.
    • 2002 Holiday Celebration is a dusty rose dress with a glittery large ribbon at the front of the waist, a light pink bodice with dark pink brocade, and a collar of puffed and bunched fabric draped like a stole.
    • The 2004 Holiday dress is either pink with the Caucasian doll, or green with the African American doll. Both have beaded trimming on the skirt, brocade on the bodice, flared sleeves, and lace shoulder straps.
    • 2005 Holiday is white with glittery silver streaks, gauzy green underdress, a giant green ribbon with silver edging wrapping around the dress, a pink jewel holding the ribbon at the bow, and a flare of white gauze at the left shoulder.
    • 2006 Holiday is a black velvet dress with gold trimming, starts made of jewels all over it, and a white fur hem and collar.
    • 2007 Holiday is a red velvet dress with black lace trimming, red satin underskirt, belt with a jeweled buckle, opera gloves, white fur edging the overskirt, and a white fur headband.
    • 2010 Holiday is a white dress with red brocade on the bodice a red ribbon around the waist, and a long red stole wrapped like a jacket.
    • 2011 Holiday is a green dress with gold lining, gold underskirt, and swirling gold decorations with diamonds studding parts of the swirls.
    • The Winter Princess line includes:
    • Winter Princess is a dark blue velvet dress with a sliver petticoat, blue rose decorations, and white fur collar, cuffs, muff, and headband.
    • Peppermint Princess is a red dress with the underskirt having red and white stripes, a gold flower on the left of the overskirt, and white fur trimming the skirt, collar, and a white fur headband.
    • Jewel Princess is a red dress with a plaid skirt, jewels down the front of the bodice, and white fur trimming and muff.
    • Midnight Princess is a black dress with gold petticoat, multicolored ribbons with gold edging, gold decorations on the cuffs and bodice, gauze making half the top, and lots of jewelry studs.
    • Evergreen Princess is a green dress with lots of gold trimming.
  • Hello Kitty has some, either worn by Kitty, or as part of the merchandise, including Fairytale Wedding Dresses (seen here).
  • While the show She-Ra: Princess of Power has some (including her main dress), the toyline has the most examples of pimped dresses.

    Visual Novels 
  • Queen Vivaldi in Alice in the Country of Hearts wears a red dress with trimming of black frills, a large collar shaped like a heart, a black bustier, and lots of hearts on the dress.
    • During the ball, Alice wears a dress with some frills trimming it.
  • In Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, Alita Tiala's dress has a feather arrangement to look like wings on her chest, a Four-Leaf Clover in the middle of the feathers, and lots of frills.
  • Fate/stay night, Saber gets extra points for not only having a fancy dress, particularly the gold trimming, but one that's further pimped out with plate mail. It's to be expected, though: most of the examples here are merely princesses, while Saber is a king. King Arthur, to be precise.
    • In Fate/Nuovo Guerra, Lempicialynn wears a red dress trimmed with black frills, and Lumivellamo wears a blue dress with white trimming and frills.
  • Yumemi's outfit in Planetarian is fancy enough to count, with so much metal trimming and decorations (like metal shoulder guards topped by a collar/cape, short metal overskirt, and hair ribbons that end with what look like seat belt buckles) that it almost seems like a Battle Ballgown (if she fought anything), but it does make it clear that she's a Robot Girl.
  • One girl in Sekien no Inganock wears an orange dress with lots of ruching, detached sleeves, a top that is gauze above the neckline and has gold rococo decoration, and a yellow overskirt.
  • The three girls of Shikkoku no Sharnoth wear fancy dresses.
  • In Tears to Tiara, Llyr wears a blue dress with a black overskirt that has white and gold trimming, black opera gloves with a gold band on each, and a puffy hat with a veil. Rhiannon wears a white dress with red trimming, a red petticoat, a red sash around the waist, gold decorations, and a hat long tassels on each side.
  • Arcueid in Tsukihime wore at least two dresses as Archetype: Earth.
  • The witches of Umineko: When They Cry all seem to get this, as well as one or two members of the Ushiromiya family.
    • Beatrice's dress is one of the most elaborate. It's a dark brown dress with large orange symbols and trimming, a dark red ruched petticoat, puff sleeves, a small pink bow, and white flounces. As a child, she wore a dark red dress with puff sleeves and two large white sashes that tied at the back and fell down like a cape.
    • Bernkastel wears a blue and white dress with ruffles, flared sleeves, a large blue bow at the neck, and a double tiered underskirt.
    • Lambdadelta wears a pink dress with pink ruffles, red bows, black opera gloves, puff sleeves, and a pumpkin decoration on the waist.
    • Virgilia wears a black dress with white ruffles, a white ruffled petticoat, and a large hat with red flowers and white ruffles under the brim.
    • Featherine wears two. One is a pink kimono with a bell skirt, opera gloves, and a green sash with medals decorating it. The other is a brown dress with lots of white frill trimming, and a gold sash with a green jewel clasping it together.
    • Shannon has one skirt on top of a miniskirt, a corset, and several buckles. And she's just a servant.
    • Natsuhi wears a dress with at least three layers in the skirt, each cut to show the other layers. In the manga, she wears an even more frilly dress.


    Western Animation 
  • Adventure Time: 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.
  • 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 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.
    • Quinn's pink middle ages dress, with white fur trimming in "Fair Enough".
    • Erin's wedding dress in "I Don't", with the massive bell skirt, lace, and loads of floral trimmings.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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" is 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).
  • 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.
  • Rosie's Rules: Crystal, Rosie, and Margarita take turns wearing a poofy dress in "Sister Surprise.
  • 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, 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.

Alternative Title(s): Fancy Gown, Opulent Dress


Cinderella at the Ball

Cinderella descends down the staircase and stuns the attendees, including the prince.

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