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Miss America stays local and loyal to seamstress who altered now-famous yellow dress

Millions watched Fayetteville’s Nina Davuluri win the Miss America crown in the now-famous yellow gown.
Millions watched Fayetteville’s Nina Davuluri win the Miss America crown in the now-famous yellow gown.

That means millions saw the work of Spybaby Bridal’s Ann Stevens, the seamstress who altered that very dress.

“It was a beautiful crepe fabric, that did everything it needed to do to have the shape and the form,” Stevens said.

She also worked on the jeweled outfit for her Bollywood routine.

Stevens says that was easy compared to altering the animal print bathing suit.

“Everything has to meet in the right place and the little straps that go up and the buckles that go on them, it's very meticulous,” she explained.

Spybaby Bridal has worked on tens of thousands of dresses over their years in business, but they say having the chance to work on Nina's dresses in Miss America ranks among their proudest accomplishments

“It needs to express your personality, it's very important, it's all the on stage viewing that people see of you,” said owner of Spybaby Bridal Marie Adornato.

Davuluri has come to Spybaby Bridal since her first attempt at Miss New York and never strayed.

As a finalist for Miss America, she could have picked a new dress and went to any top seamstress in the world, but she chose to stay loyal and local.

“But she didn’t find one that could match the canary yellow dress, which was so awesome. So she stuck with her gut and wore the dress she won miss New York State in,” Stevens said.
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