Santa's helper Oprah and her favorite elf, Jimmy Kimmel. "Jimmy definitely is one of my favorite things."

"It's va-va and voom," said Gayle King of the dramatic White by Vera Wang confection Oprah wore for the September 5 cover shoot in New York City. Designed by Wang and inspired by the fiery gown she created for Oprah for the 2005 Legends Ball, the organza-and-netting dress was perfect for the "fun, festive fantasy" cover dreamed up by O creative director Adam Glassman. "It's bey-yoo-tiful!" Oprah said before striking a pose to, appropriately enough, Alicia Keys' "Girl on Fire."

The Gown, By the Numbers

10: People who worked on the dress, for a total of 100 hours

15: Length of the train, in feet

25: Weight of the dress, in pounds

160: Total yards of fabric used (the length of football fields!)

165: Rosettes applied to the skirt

See all of Oprah's Favorite Things in the December issue, on newsstands November 12.

Join the party For exclusive video of Oprah and Jimmy Kimmel at this month's cover shoot, download the O iPad app from the iTunes store.

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