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Samantha Highfill
April 04, 2013 AT 09:24 PM EDT

On the April 18 episode of The Vampire Diaries, Elena, Stefan, Bonnie, Damon and the rest of the gang trade jeans and leather jackets for taffeta and tuxes. That’s right, it’s prom season in Mystic Falls!

Whether human, vampire, werewolf, or witch, Vampire Diaries costume designer Leigh Leverett said she kept the first rule of prom fashion in mind when dressing each of the characters for the big night — Make sure no one else shows up wearing the same dress. “[The girls] tried on a bunch of gowns, probably 6 to 10 each. We picked a bunch that we liked, so it was just figuring out who [would wear] what so that they weren’t all in the same silhouettes or colors.” As for the guys, it came down to the ties.

Click through the gallery to see the characters in their prom ensembles with special insight from Leverett. 

Elena Shocks in Pink

How does Elena (Nina Dobrev) choose her Theia prom dress? You’ll have to watch the episode to find out, but suffice it to say it’s not while she’s on a shopping spree with her girlfriends. “We called it the ‘watercolor’ dress. I thought it was really pretty, but I wasn’t sure it if would work. It has a lot of volume, it’s your quintessential prom dress, and sometimes on this show we go for sexier rather than for [larger] amounts of fabric,” says Leverett. “But [Nina] put it on and it was really beautiful.” When Leverett tried to order the dress online, Dobrev’s size was sold out, so she bought one that was four sizes too big and had it tailored to fit the actress.

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