Columbus designer Ronnie Escalante Jr. submitted these sketches to a Brides Magazine contest.

A sketch by a local fashion designer caught the attention of editors at Brides Magazine. Ronnie Escalante Jr., a 32-year-old designer for Abercrombie & Fitch, has been nominated as one of 25 semifinalists to compete in Operation Dream Dress 2010.

The contest invited fashionistas and amateur designers to create America's most beautiful wedding gown. Contestants were asked to submit a sketch of a wedding dress that illustrates a "cutting-edge classic" theme.

The winner will receive $10,000, see their design on the cover of Brides Magazine, and have their gown produced and sold nationwide by David's Bridal.

View Escalante's design at www.operationdreamdress.comand cast a vote for your favorite creation. Voting begins today and continues through Wednesday, July 21.

--Dana Wilson