It took the 17-year-old high school student a month to conceptualize, design and paint the one-of-a-kind ballgown
A recent high school graduate’s design work is going viral online after she showed off the impressive ball gown she created from start to finish for her graduation ball (similar to a senior prom).
Ciara Gan, a 17-year-old teen from the Philippines, designed, painted and sewed together the strapless ball gown covered in intricate floral appliqués with just a little help from her mom. Once she completed the design, she posted multiple photos wearing it the day of the ball on Twitter, along with one image as she stitched the skirt and another as she painted.
“i made and painted by own gown for my graduation ball!” Gan tweeted.
“I painted over 80 flowers, sewed + stoned my dress with my mama and designed the whole thing myself!” she added. The entire project took around a month, with about two weeks for the actual sewing and painting process.
Gan tells PEOPLE her mom was the reason she ultimately decided to create the gown. “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 school work,” she says.
While she didn’t take design classes to hone her skills, Gan says she turned to the internet to learn all that she knows. “I learned it all from YouTube tutorials!” she tells us. “The internet is so accessible in a way that I get to practice different crafts by just following a video. The designing though, it came from my head.”
The internet was immediately blown away by the teen’s gorgeous gown. “The Fashion industry needs someone like you,” one person replied. “Damn that’s talent, would you consider that to be a future business?” someone else asked.
Gan replied hinting that she might pursue a future in the fashion business. “i’m not saying no to opportunities!! ” she said.
Other Twitter users applauded Gan for her hard work. “A real DIY QUEEN
,” someone wrote.
She even got recognized by other designers. “I’m an independent designer in the US, and I have to tell you I’m madly in love with this. I LOVE ball gowns, and yours is one of the best I’ve ever seen! You rock on with your bad self!” another person said.
Gan says she’s been “overwhelmed” by the internet’s reaction to her design. “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,” she says.
However, once Gan heads to college in the fall, she plans on going into a science-related field instead of fashion. But she may pursue design in the future and plans on painting more gowns for fun going forward.
“I plan to pursue a degree in a science-related course since I recently graduated from a STEM [school],” she tells us. “I am in love with both the arts and sciences so I want to incorporate [those] two different things [together]. I want to bring art into science, or vice versa.”