June 9, 2011 -- Nandi Fernandez of Miami was crowned the winner of this year's Brides magazine's Operation Dream Dress competition today on "Good Morning America," where her winning dress was revealed for the first time live.
It was the third year in a row that Brides magazine conducted its Operation Dream Dress Contest, a competition for up-and-coming designers to create the ultimate wedding dress.
Fernandez, born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, crafted a dramatic, three-dimensional, sculptural gown that built on this year's contest's theme of "artful romance," with its draping and detailed pleating.
"For this contest we were searching for gowns that play into how American's marry," said Brides editor in chief Millie Martini Bratten, who appeared on "GMA" today to talk about this year's challenge and to reveal the winning dress.
Fernandez drew inspiration for her gown from "The Birth of Venus," painting by Sandro Botticelli, inspiration that Bratten said gave the dress a "Goddess look."