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).