Jadyn Duguid wanted her prom dress to be completely original. So the high school student turned to the only designer she trusted to make a 100 percent unique piece — herself.
In order to stand out from the rest of the girls in the class, and save a little money too, Duguid bought a vintage dress at a local thrift store and used her love of of art to create a hand-painted gown.
Duguid, a senior at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville, Fla., decided to paint her dress with a work of art. It took her 20 hours and lots of acrylic paint to totally cover the vintage dress in a rendition of Edvard Munch’s The Scream. In a blend of tradition and creativity, she also painted her date’s tie to match.
Duguid tells Yahoo Style that prom is “a good excuse to do really extravagant looks.” She was inspired to create her two dresses — she re-created Van Gogh’s Starry Night on last year’s prom dress — because she wanted “to paint my dress in something everyone would recognize.”
She continues, “I’ve taken art history for four years now and there were a few other pieces I debated on doing, but The Scream and Starry Night were fairly easy to paint and everyone recognized them.”
Her prom pictures have gone viral, with more than 22,000 retweets and almost 75,000 likes in two days. “I totally didn’t expect the reaction it got,” she says. “I thought I’d get a few hundred retweets at most. I’m really excited that my art is getting all of this attention.”
As for her post-graduation plans, Daguid will be attending Jacksonville University and intends to major in illustration and art history. She may even end up entering the prom dress biz: “People are offering to buy my dresses, and I’m seriously considering starting to make a business out of it.” Fellow Etsy scourers, get ready for the new summer look to be a Mona Lisa sundress.
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