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“Usagi’s Transformation” from “Sailor Moon”
The fan-voted winner of the fashion show was inspired by the moment Usagi transforms into Sailor Moon in the beloved ’90s anime show. Designer Leetal Platt has been re-watching “Sailor Moon” on Hulu, and remembered the transformation moment really having an impact on her when she watched the show as a kid. “The art of the transformation -- it was something that I had to bring to the dress,” she told HitFix. Platt, a freelance designer, used three types of pink ribbon for the dress: a thicker satin, a thinner satin and organza. She hand-stitched the ribbons and lace onto the dress, and machine-stitched the feathers. “The ribbons should look like they're in motion, walking down the runway and actually in the act of transforming while she's walking… The organza ribbon is only in front. It's lighter, so it flies away and creates this whirlwind effect.” Platt said. “I love that when she walks, it really comes alive.” Platt also competed in the fashion show last year, when her “Dalek Wedding Dress” design was a runner-up.