This teen made herself the most stunning hand-painted dress for graduation and she's now being called a 'Disney princess'
A teenager from the Philippines has gone viral after crafting a dress fit for royalty ahead of her high school graduation, when professionals failed to bring her creative vision to life.
17-year-old Ciara Gan recently graduated from high school, and didn't want to opt for the conventional choice. Instead, with the help of her mother, she was able to make a beautiful, one-of-a-kind dress featuring intricate, hand-painted flowers.
Earlier this month, she took to Twitter to show off her creation - and the post quickly went viral, garnering 380,000 likes, and over 750 responses. "I made and painted my own gown for my graduation ball! I painted over 80 flowers, sewed [and] stoned my dress with my mama and designed the whole thing myself!" the captioned the tweet, which included snaps of her making and wearing the strapless, teal number.
"My inspiration came from my mom, who pushed me to make the dress," the student told Buzzfeed News. "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."
"My inspiration for the design are the things that make me happy. As nerdy as it may sound, I chose emerald green because I’m an avid Potterhead and a proud Slytherin," she continued.
It took Ciara around a month to make the dress - from the initial idea to creation. She kept it a secret from her classmates until the big night.
And people naturally thought she'd be a perfect fit for the fashion industry. "Hey @DisneyStudios , you got new story for a new princess. The Painter Princess," one Twitter user wrote, while another corroborated "This is so gorgeous."
"I recently reread the book Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson (which touched my heart) and then decided to paint the orange florals. 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 colors like orange and green — they speak more about who I am," she elaborated to Buzzfeed News.
"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! 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."