BRIDES magazine's third annual Operation Dream Dress contest brought in hundreds of design sketches from all over the country, exemplifying this year's theme of "artful romance." Our editors saw plans for short and long dresses, impressive hand-weaving techniques, elegant draping, and clever removable elements.
Given the incredible pool of talent that responded to our call, narrowing down from 370 entries to just 24 semifinalists was no small feat, so we wanted to let you, our readers, see what our editors saw—amazing sketches and creative entries that were transformed into completed products—and let you make up your own mind: Which of these dresses would you put on our cover?
Remember to come back and see our winner on the July 2011 cover, on sale June 21.
—Jackie Lebowitz, BRIDES magazine