Princess Peach and Mario: I would like to introduce my Prom version of Princess Peach and Mario, or, Prom Queen and King of the Video Game realm. (To myself at least!) To start off, my Princess Peach dress is a bright sugar pink, but my scanner made it look incredibly pale. I wanted to make her dress look like a pageant goddess, so I designed a band that wraps around her neck that is an assortment of different crystal colors to give her that shine and sparkle. To pay homage to the blue broach on the character’s dress, I included a bright blue stone in the middle of her chest. Also, I love the cut-outs and open back design I made for her. Mario may be a plumber, but I wanted him to look like stud-muffin royalty by designing him a fitted dark blue tux with pale blue collar and details, as well as a grey vest and a red bow tie with the red representing his popular color.
Princess Daisy and Luigi: I imagined this couple to be more like the hipsters of high school, maybe you will get that vibe, maybe not. Daisy’s mustard colored gown is fitted and ladylike, with a body hugging bodice and skirt that falls to her feet. The back wraps around to introduce a cut-out back. Again, I designed a tulle peplum skirt with jade green crystals falling and minimizing in their collections. Luigi matches perfectly with his date by wearing a matching jade green fitted suit with mint collars and cuffs, a mint and white gingham button-up, a grey sweater, and a blue tie as a nod towards his classic overalls.
Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong: So I was a little floored when my sisters gave me Diddy and Dixie Kong, but after studying their characters I knew immediately what to do. I imagined them to be like the hip-hop couple, with Dixie being the beauty who loves getting dolled up and has dreamt of her Prom since she was a little girl and Diddy being the guy who throws on a hat and calls it a day. Dixie’s outfit is simple really—a pink crop top that ties in the front. I designed a meticulously wrapped dress that hugs her whole entire body, and right before the big puff of luxe tulle at her knees, all the journey of wrapping ends with a big pink bow. For Diddy’s outfit, I wanted to make it seem as if he picked out his Prom outfit last minute. He’s wearing a white button-up, fitted grey vest and slacks, and a red skinny tie and red baseball cap. I purposely made him not match because of picking everything “last minute,” he went with a color that closely matched to the color he thought she said her gown was. Plus, the character’s hat is red.
Pacman and Ms.Pacman: I designed the classic couple with that simple notion in mind: to keep them classic. I imagined them to be dressed up as if they’re the couple stuck in the fifties. Ms.Pacman’s bodice has a petal effect with electric blue lined panels that are black and covered with white stones, this was inspired by the blue obstacles, black background, and white dots in the game itself. The red bow at the waist nods to Ms.Pacman’s bow and the high to low yellow chiffon skirt is supposed to look more like her “open mouth.” Her head band accessory even has the colors of each of the four ghosts that follow her and her date. Speaking of which, I do sincerely wish I did pay more attention to Pacman’s attire to compliment his classic arcade character, but the only thing that’s really him is the red bow that’s supposed to represent Ms.Pacman! Oh well. *And oops, I just realized I wrote MRS not MS on the sketch. Awkward apologies.
Zelda and Link: Personally, designing Zelda’s dress was very difficult for me, what you see now is probably the fifth sketch I went through whereas the other sketches are probably the first or second. It was hard because I spent so much of my childhood watching my older siblings play the N64 games, and plus, Zelda has SO MANY different designs! I ended up basing the final gown and the color palette off the Ocarina of Time gown as her adult self, where the magenta pink of the top are her cups with a straight neckline, a heath lavender chiffon skirt and fitted bodice, and a pale blue fitted waist. There’s white lining all over the place mainly for design, but the bodice has a hidden triforce, or what I tried doing as a triforce. Open back, yes, I really love open back gowns. Now Link was more grungy at first, with fitted brown slacks and a green deep v-sweater over a white button-up and green skinny tie, but I ended up using Sharpie to make a poor blazer over because he looked too under dressed. I wish I stayed more true to the character, so again, apologies.