Parker Smith, who wants to become a costume designer for broadway in the future, made his best friend and prom date's dress from scratch.
For some, high school sails by smoothly, and for others, it's quite a challenging experience. However, there is one particular milestone that unites all of them together. Yes, we are talking about high school proms and it's something that they all look forward to. Everyone wishes to look their best for on the day as it would be etched in their memories forever. Unfortunately, not everyone can afford their dream attire and they often end up going for something else. But one teenage girl from Indianapolis didn't have to settle for the second-best option after her prom date took it upon himself to create the dress himself.
Addi Rust, a high school senior, was all set to attend prom with her date and best friend, Parker Smith. But in February 2019, she realized that she couldn't afford the dress she wanted. So, she asked Smith to make it for her as a joke. "You know what, I think I could actually make your prom dress," said Smith according to a report by Fox59. Determined to not mar this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for his date. Smith actually took up sewing and ended up stitching a dress for her in a few months' time.
Quite a journey, but the first thing I’ve ever sewn (a prom dress) has been finished, just in time for the ball! Not only did I get the honor of being the Prince Charming to the beautiful @AddiRust, but her fairy godmother as well, haha! I’m so thankful for her. (From scratch✨) pic.twitter.com/amr05PZBbp— Parker Keith Smith (@parkerkeithsmit) 7 May 2019
Little did the Pendleton Heights junior know how grand and inspiring this gesture of his would become. Smith began by working up a sketch for the dress which he designed by himself. Then he taught himself the art of sewing, with tips from his grandmother. Throughout this process, he made several changes to the beautiful dress as he wanted it to be perfect. With this in mind, he ended working until the last night before the event. "I’m such a perfectionist that I was up adding more stones to the dress even the night before prom," said Smith.
When the day finally arrived, Rust stunned her fellow classmates with her dress which made her look like a princess. Luckily for the teen, the post on Facebook went viral and turned into a work opportunity for Parker, who wishes to become a Broadway costume designer. According to the outlet, Smith plans to take up costume design and musical theatre in college. "It was a totally bizarre never expected," said Smith referring to the media coverage. "I had only sewed two stitches before I did it. Every big moment out of it, we were just having fun."
feelin like a princess. thx best friend ✨💓 pic.twitter.com/usibFi4Odu— adrianna (@AddiRust) 19 May 2019
A few months following his incident, Smith was recruited by Footlite Musicals in Indianapolis. In December, Bob Harbin, a former casting director at FOX, was directing a Cinderella show and was looking for someone who could create a magical dress. "He was looking for a maker of a dress," revealed the teen. He was also friends with Smith's teacher. "My teacher said I might know a kid," he added. Thus, his journey began. "She said, 'Oh you know that kid, that kid, who did that prom dress thing?' joked Harbin, "When you see the work, his sketches, the guy's got it or the guy doesn’t, and he’s definitely talented."
Here’s the transformation aspect I made created for these gowns I’ve sewn up. Once again, THANK YOU, Cinderella! pic.twitter.com/JF2TUVT7yi— Parker Keith Smith (@parkerkeithsmit) 5 December 2019
Soon Parker was hired to make costumes for the Cinderella show. He created the character's costume in such a way that a peasant dress transformed into a beautiful ball gown. "Through a series of tabs, spinning, and a magical actress, this can turn into this," he said. Thanks to this opportunity, he got a launchpad which many have to wait years for. Throughout this whole thing, he had the constant support of his best friend Rust, who gave him his first opportunity to show the world his real potential.