We unveiled the winner of Operation Dream Dress this morning, live on Good Morning America. It was a tough decision—the five final designs were both unique and inspired. According to Diane Sawyer, each of the gowns was “dazzling”–and we have to agree! After the on-air fashion show, editor in chief Millie Bratten revealed that Amy Wong Micucci from Beverly Hills, CA, would go home with $10,000—and the distinction of having her dress photographed for the cover of our November/December issue. If you love it, you’ll be able to wear it for your wedding, since it will be manufactured by David’s Bridal this fall. Best of luck to all of our contestants, and we look forward to seeing all of your entries next year. –Jackie, Cubicle Chat

(sketches and corresponding dresses from left to right: Johnny Corona, Jennifer Allen, Haley Badenhop, Amy Wong Micucci, Claire Thompson.)

Tonight is our private fashion show, where the final five Operation Dream Dress designs–chosen by America!–will be showcased on the catwalk and critiqued by our panel of experts. Among these panelists are our own fashion director, Rachel Leonard; Austin Scarlett, who you might recognize from the first season of Project Runway; Hilary Rhoda, the face of Estee Lauder’s fragrance, Beautiful; Dan Rentillo, designer for David’s Bridal; and Britt Aboutaleb, Associate Editor of Fashionista.com.  Our panelists and models are just arriving! –Jackie, Cubicle Chat

ODD Intro SlideBack in February we asked designers all over the country to submit original sketches of a wedding dress that exemplified the idea of “visionary romance” for our Operation Dream Dress contest. Tonight, the five finalists will  appear alongside their creations in a private showing for our editors and VIP panelists; tomorrow, our editors will announce the grand prize winner on Good Morning America. Tune in tomorrow morning, June 25th, to see a live runway show of the finalists’ dresses and find out who will go home with $10,000–and their dress on the cover of BRIDES! –Jackie, Cubicle Chat

ODD Intro SlideLast month, in BRIDES Operation Dream Dress contest, America voted for the world’s most beautiful wedding dress. Finally, we’re revealing the finalists, who are in the running for the grand prize of $10,000 and a spot on the cover of BRIDES magazine. Take a look at the top 10 dresses at brides.com/dreamdress, and tune in to Good Morning America on Thursday, June 25th to see who’s crowned the country’s next top wedding dress designer! –Jackie, Cubicle Chat

ODD Image for blogVoting closes today for BRIDES magazine’s first-ever Operation Dream Dress contest. The field will be narrowed from 20 semi-finalists to 5 finalists, chosen entirely by you! Next, we’ll be bringing America’s Fave Five to NYC for a fashion show judged by a celebrity panel. The prize-winning dress will appear on the cover of our November/December issue. Visit www.brides.com/dreamdress and cast your vote. –Jackie, Cubicle Chat

ODD Image for blogRemember to vote for the most beautiful wedding dress in America, created by up-and-coming designers, fashion students, and wedding dress aficionados. Will ruffles trump ostrich feathers?  Will color win out over traditional whites and creams? Will America favor trendy and short or a truncated train? Staffers here have already voted for their favorites, and our office debates are getting intense! We’ll announce the top five winners in June. Remember to cast your vote from now until May 26th at brides.com/dreamdress. –Jackie, Cubicle Chat

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In February, we put out the call for fashion enthusiasts to submit sketches of an original wedding dress that embodied the theme of “visionary romance.” We received hundreds of amazing entries from college students, seamstresses, and newbie designers. Our editors narrowed the selection to a pool of semi-finalists, and now it’s your turn to choose a favorite! Voting starts at midnight at brides.com/dreamdress, your chance to select the top finalists who’ll be coming to New York to take part in a fashion show—and possibly go home with 1st prize—$10,000 and their dress on the cover of BRIDES! –Jackie, Cubicle Chat