A talented teenager has designed and painted her own graduation dress, which has certainly paid off as the dress is absolutely beautiful!
Ciara Gan, 17, had recently graduated from high school and had a great passion for sciences and art.
Instead of hunting the shops for a graduation gown, Ciara knew she wanted a one-of-a-kind design that would truly represent her personality.
So, with the help of her mother, Ciara decided to put together a spectacular dress that would be the envy of everyone thanks to its uniqueness.
Ciara told BuzzFeed News: “My inspiration came from my mom, who pushed me to make the dress.
“Because I love to try new things, I thought why not? It was my last big event for school and I had about a month of graduation practices, so I’d be able to focus more on making my gown without worrying about schoolwork.”
Originally, Ciara didn’t think she had the skills to design and make her own dress. So, she assisted the help of a designer but when she didn’t like the outcome, she decided to test out her own capability.
To begin the project, Ciara and her mother bought 13 yards of fabric, crinoline, boning, and Swavorski crystals.
“My mom and I sewed each panel of the skirt one by one,” she said.
As well as creating a flattering structure with the boning and adding sparkle with the Swavorski, Ciara also added a touch of paint by creating stunning flowers on the ballgown. Overall, they took five days to create.
“I recently reread the book ‘Tiger Lily’, by Jodi Lynn Anderson – which touched my heart – and then decided to paint the orange florals,” Ciara said. “I strayed away from basic roses and dainty florals because although they’re pretty, they don’t reflect my personality. I love the vibrancy of loud colours like orange and green — they speak more about who I am.”
In total, Ciara took a month to create the dress, from design to creation. She was thrilled to have managed to create something that reflected her personality so well.
Until graduation day, Ciara kept the dress a top-secret, even from her closest friends.
“When I first showed up at the event place, my one classmate took a double-take to make sure what he was seeing was right! He told me, ‘I thought it was printed!'” she said.
Ecstatic with how it turned out, Ciara took to Twitter to share her amazing results. So far, it’s racked up over 380,000 likes – with plenty admiring Ciara’s creative skills.
i made and painted my own gown for my graduation ball! ?✨
i painted over 80 flowers, sewed + stoned my dress with my mama and designed the whole thing myself! ?? pic.twitter.com/fsDwQK1NfD
— ciara gan (@ciaragan) April 8, 2019
Some were so inspired, they even created their own fan art of Ciara’s design!
Hi @ciaragan, I made a sketch of your gorgeous dress/creation. Just so you know it was a masterpiece and I do wish you would make more in the future.?❤️
I hope you don’t mind, I tweaked your hair and accessories a bit.? pic.twitter.com/AUlT8W5ngU
— Niña (@ninazambo) April 10, 2019
Ciara said: “I still really can’t believe it. When the numbers increase I realize that so many people have seen my gown.”
“What I appreciate the most about this whole thing is the requests for commissions and artworks. It really warms my heart to see people appreciating my art.”
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