In 2015, Mears, a costume designer who lives just outside of Asheville, North Carolina, went viral after creating a Taco Belle dress ? basically a ?Beauty and the Beast?-style gown with a skirt full of tacos.
Since then she?s created other food-inspired gowns including:
A birthday cake dress:
A pizza dress:
A taco fairy godmother dress:
And another taco dress made of Taco Bell wrappers and sauce packets:
It all started in 2012 when a photo of Mears wearing a Belle dress at a Taco Bell restaurant was posted on Reddit and went viral, earning her the moniker of Taco Belle.
?While in college, I spent summers as a ?professional princess? where
I?d make appearances at children?s parties dressed up, with gifts, and would sing and take pictures,? she told HuffPost. ?One of those days I decided to get fast food on the way home and stopped at Taco Bell while dressed as Belle. A picture of that ended up on the front page of Reddit and I decided I
needed to make an actual ?Taco Belle? dress.?
Mears recently won Domino?s ?Piece of the Pie? contest for her ?Pizzarella? design.
?After seeing how much everyone enjoyed the pizza dress, I have many more food-themed costumes planned!? she told HuffPost.
Mears works on her gowns part-time and occasionally sells them on Etsy. To see more of her gorgeous creations, including some of her fantasy designs, follow her on Facebook (Avant-Geek) and Instagram (@avantgeek).
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