Offbeat

By Sarah Francis


A savvy student designed a wedding dress made from Styrofoam – and it’s stunning.

Alyssa Hertz, 18, from Copely, Ohio, spent two weeks fashioning 500 cups, bowls and plates together until she had a pearly white gown.

PIC BY ALYSSA HERTZ / CATERS NEWS

The teen sartorialist was tasked by her high school teacher to design a garment made from non-conventional materials.

But the aspiring designer never imagined the attention her creation would receive.

She said: “I get my inspiration from floral and soft shapes generally which inspired the roses on the straps of the dress and the swirling pattern on the bodice.

“It went very well as soon as I got an idea in my head.

PIC BY ALYSSA HERTZ / CATERS NEWS

“It took me about two weeks to do the roses alone and even then I was still lost as to how to go about making the plates bowl etc into a dress.

“So when I finally decided on a solid plan I just went with it and decided to see where it would take me.

“It ended up going pretty well and I got to explore deeper into my creativity which is always great.”

Alyssa hopes to attend Kent State University in Ohio to study fashion design.