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Ugly Betty's design contest winner announced

by Julia Ward, posted Feb 14th 2007 6:33PM
Ashley Jensen DerailedTomorrow night's episode of Ugly Betty will feature a dress designed by one of the show's viewers. Announced a few weeks back, the show held a design-a-dress contest in which viewers could submit sketches of a dress made entirely of office supplies. The winning bubble wrap, newspaper and paper clip confection was created by Ricardo Rodriguez of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Ricardo was flown out to LA and attended the taping of "Derailed," the episode which will feature his design.

The conceit of the episode is that Christina only has a few hours to create a dress for a prominent celebrity, but a blizzard prevents her from the leaving the office for fabric. Fortunately, she's a crafty lady and, like Scarlett O'Hara, Carol Burnett and Julie Andrews before her, uses whatever is available to whip up a celeb-worthy creation.


Ricardo Rodriguez Ugly Betty Dress Design Contest WinnerThe results would put the cast of Project Runway to shame. Well, technically, if any celebrity showed up in this particular dress to a red carpet affair, their stylist would be hitting the bricks the next morning. However, the dress is perfectly in keeping with Ugly Betty's poppy, heightened cartoon style.

PICTURED: Ricardo Rodriguez's winning dress design for the Ugly Betty episode "Derailed," airing Thursday, February 15th.

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I noticed the dress on the dressmakers dummy during the show, and was disappointed when it was not used by Jessica Parker. It was a wonderful creation, much harder to pull off than sewing conventional fabrics. Bravo Ricardo!

February 28 2007 at 4:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm with Ellen too, I am disappointed too.. This is not a "celebworthy creation."

February 17 2007 at 10:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is the winning desgin???how disappointing!

February 15 2007 at 9:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Concept, not conceit...right?

February 14 2007 at 9:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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