Those final weeks of high school, filled with seminal events like prom and graduation, are truly special. And Philippines-based teenager Ciara Gan knew she wanted her graduation ball, specifically, to be a memorable one. The 17-year-old dreamed up a stunning dress, but when the seamstress she hired to make it didn’t quite deliver, she decided to take the challenge on herself. “Everything from the painting to the leaf-like top came from the idea that I wanted to make myself look like a garden,” Gan told INSIDER. “Our graduation ball was actually themed after Disney’s ‘Enchanted!'”
Gan and her mother spent a month sewing together 13 yards of fabric, crinoline, boning, and Swarovski crystals, reported Buzzfeed News, to create the final product: an emerald gown with hand-painted flowers fit for a princess.
“YouTube tutorials,” Gan told INSIDER about how she learned to make her dress. “I would watch videos on dress-making and sewing!”
Gan posted the results on Twitter, and her post instantly went viral. “I painted over 80 flowers, sewed, and stoned my dress with my mama and designed the whole thing myself,” she wrote in the tweet, which has now been shared more than 82,000 times. “My inspiration for the design are the things that make me happy,” she told Buzzfeed News.
“As nerdy as it may sound, I chose emerald green because I’m an avid Potterhead and a proud Slytherin.” People have been so inspired by Gan and her mother’s work, there’s even fan art of the dress. Though people have started asking if Gan wants to take her skills to the world of fashion, the recent grad said she has other plans.
“I plan to pursue a degree in a science-related course,” she told INSIDER. “I am in love with both the arts and sciences and I want to incorporate the two different things with each other. I want to bring art into science, or vice versa.”
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