July 16, 2015 AT 9:00 am

A Chic Guardians of the Galaxy Groot Dress

Guardians of the Galaxy-inspired gown by Emily Ong at the Her Universe Fashion Show

The second annual Her Universe Fashion Show took place at Comic-Con this year, and participants designed and crafted haute couture geek outfits inspired by Game of Thrones, Star Wars, Monster High, and so many other franchises. Designer Emily Ong came up with an elegant dress inspired by Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy. She did a wonderful job capturing Groot’s earthy look — in case you’re not familiar with Guardians, he’s a being that looks like a tree — and I’m amazed at how she made the bodice look like bark.

Ong talked about the build process at her blog (The Stylish Geek) and said making the dress was definitely a challenge. She’s a cosplayer, but this is the first time she’s designed something and bringing her sketch to life was tricky. She said:

For the design of the dress, I really wanted to balance the more textured “bark” part with a complimentary flowy skirt that would be layers of brown and green chiffon. I actually used chicken wire in the panels of the bodice so that I could bend them along the bust! Once I finished the bodice and skirt, I cut out and airbrushed a ton of white lace appliqué that would be sewn top to bottom along the gown. I wanted to represent Groot’s glowing lights by using a variety of gold beads throughout the bodice and on the side peplum. As for the crown, it’s made of worbla and has moss, beads, and lace appliqué glued on!

Groot Gown 2

Groot Gown 3

Photos via Emily Ong, top photo by Emilie Elizabeth Photography

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