When you’re passionate about a project and your craft, you tend to get everyone’s attention. That’s what happened to teenager Ciara Gan who made and painted her very own gown for her graduation ball!

When the high school student posted photos of her dress on Twitter, they immediately went viral and got the media’s attention. When she was 17, Ciara who lives in the Philippines, combined her love of art with her graduation ball. The student spent a whole month working on her dress, including all the time it took to design it, so she could graduate in style. She made a truly unique dress with hand-painted flowers and pleats.

Scroll down to see Ciara’s photos of how she made the dress and how gorgeous she looks wearing it!

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Ciara Gan made and painted her own graduation gown when she was 17

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She designed the dress herself

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It took her a month to make the dress, including the time it took to design it

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It took the student 5 whole days to paint the flowers

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Her classmates couldn’t believe how fantastic she looked when she showed up wearing the gown

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Here’s Ciara together with her classmates

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Ciara told BuzzFeed News that her mom inspired her and pushed her 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.”

Check out Ciara’s video where she shows how she made the gown

Ciara decided to do everything herself after she hired someone to make the design but the result ended up not to her liking. So the student and her mom bought 13 yards (nearly 12 meters) of fabric, crinoline, boning, and Swarovski crystals.

“My mom and I sewed each panel of the skirt one by one,” she said. Ciara also noted that it took her 5 whole days to paint the flowers! That required patience, dedication, and focus.

“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.”

The attention Ciara got is helping get her art career off to a flying start

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According to Ciara, she made her dress emerald green because she’s a huge Harry Potter fan and, in her own words, “a proud Slytherin.”

“When I first showed up at the event place, one of my classmates took a double-take to make sure what he was seeing was right! He told me, ‘I thought it was printed!’” she said.

The attention Ciara got has helped get her art career underway: she’s receiving lots of requests for commissions and artworks. “It really warms my heart to see people appreciating my art,” she said.

The student wowed the internet with her project

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