A bit 'board' of tradition are we How one high school senior fashioned a prom gown from corrugated cardboard, glue and glitter
20:52 GMT, 25 April 2012
Project Runway designers aspiring for fame and recognition have laboured over designs like this one for but for one high school senior, making a prom dress of cardboard was nothing more than a personal challenge.
Maura Pozek, 17, from Reeds Spring, Missouri, went to her prom this year in a frock she had fashioned from corrugated cardboard and paper bags held together with glue in an array of spray painted blues and greens.
But it isn't the first time the innovative teen has opted for something more original than a Macy's gown; last year she made a dress of ring pulls from soda cans and the year prior, a number made from Dorito packets.
Stiff Maura Pozek, 17 (left) a student from Reeds Spring, Missouri, made her senior prom dress from layers of corrugated cardboard, glue, spray paint and glitter
Asked why she decided to go down such an adventurous route this year for the traditional end of year dance, she told NPR: 'I had to top myself somehow.'
The student who lives in the Ozarks, a mountainous region in Missouri, explained that she has always been good at art as her mother is an artist.
Last year's baby pink, off-the-shoulder number made from 4,000 'pop tabs' took over 100 hours of weaving but this year's corseted dress was a challenge in ways she hadn't foreseen.
Initially thinking: 'Cardboard, that seems like a good enough idea!' It then occurred to her 'that cardboard doesn't like to move,' she told local news station KY3-TV.
Pretty in pink: Miss Pozek made this dress from 4,000 pop tabs from soda cans in over 100 hours
Crisp! Maura Pozek struts down the corridor of her high school in a prom dress she made from Dorito packets
Reluctant to abandon the mission she soaked the thick, stiff-ridged material and separated the three layers as she set to work cutting, glueing and colouring the pieces together over the four months leading up to the prom.
Just as she thought she had finished her masterpiece however, she discovered the zipper didn't work and the skirt had 'just died.'
With only hours left to fix the disaster before the big day, Miss Pozek fashioned a last-minute skirt out of paper bags in her garage.
'At 4am I had finished a new skirt,' she recalled with satisfaction, adding her only back up should the dress fall apart on the night was duct tape and a spare dress.
Aqua girl: The turquoise and blue frock, which took the student four months to make, was fashioned by soaking and separating the three layers of cardboard that fell apart consistently as she worked
And though this Cinderella didn't go home in a pumpkin, things didn't go quite as according to plan as she'd hoped. Just as she entered the dance hall in her glittery blue creation, the shoulder came away from the dress.
'I ended up ripping it off, other than that it was fine,' she said.
Though Miss Pozek sews a lot and had hoped to go to fashion design college, she told NPR the plan at the moment is to go the more affordable University of Missouri-Kansas City to study elementary education.
Let's hope this talented seamstress doesn't put down the needle for too long though.