After working on it for a month, Ciara Gan finally created a beautiful ball gown that has us all floored.
A teen who posted pictures of her graduation ball gown on social media was immediately flooded with an overwhelmingly positive response. Unlike most, Ciara Gan decided to sew and paint her dress. With the help of her mother, Gan hand-painted tiger lilies and stoned her emerald green gown and posted the process of creating it on her Twitter handle. Speaking to CNN Philippines' The Source, Gan shared the moment when she first learned that her post had blown up. "The numbers started growing, and I was confused, and people started giving me compliments," she recalled.
i made and painted my own gown for my graduation ball! 💚✨— ciara gan (@ciaragan) April 8, 2019
i painted over 80 flowers, sewed + stoned my dress with my mama and designed the whole thing myself! 🧡🌼 pic.twitter.com/fsDwQK1NfD
Noting how this unexpected response helped kick-started her career in art, something that she is very passionate about, she said, "I started getting messages about commissions to make art for people. It warmed my heart because I love it when people ask me to make art for them. So it really makes me really happy," said Gan. Although, this was merely her second attempt at designing and some parts of the dress was put together using hot glue, people everywhere have been asking her to do floral paintings for them. Some even went to the extent of asking her if she could design a gown for them!
During an interview with BuzzFeed News, she revealed her inspiration for this project. "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," she told the outlet. Initially, she had hired someone to prepare the design but ended up making it herself when she didn't the original one.
"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 added. Explaining what drove her to chose the floral pattern she said, "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."
Hailing from a family of artists, Gan knows just about everything related to art. Apart from her excellent painting and designing skills that the world has already seen, Gan also loves designing invitations and creating vectors. "I need to save up for college. I also want to make more gowns in the future," said the artist at the time noting she would love to take up commission projects. Furthermore, she revealed that she will get a bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems at the Ateneo de Manila University. However, she said that she wants to incorporate her love for art with science. "I honestly have no idea yet [how to do that,]" said Gan. "I'll get there."
Here's the video of the dress that took Gan one month to create: