Eat your heart out Missoni! Teenager's prom gown made from Starburst wrappers is dead ringer for designer style
18:48 GMT, 8 May 2012
A high school student has worn a prom dress made from Starburst wrappers.
Diane McNease, a teenage student from Michigan, used 18,000 individual candy wrappers to create the design that she wore to last Saturday night's event.
The Ishpeming High School student required the assistance of her friends and family to help fold the wrappers and piece them together to create a corset, headband and purse.
Sweet similarities: Diane McNease (left), made a prom gown out of Starburst wrappers. The design resembles Missoni's trademark colourful style seen above at Milan Fashion Week last year (right)
It took the team about five months to create the design which resembles a brightly-coloured Missoni print.
She told Kxan.com that she did not actually consume 18,000 pieces of candy. Instead, she asked her friends to help her collect the wrappers.
Rather than creating an additional skirt out of the wrappers, the clever student wished to retain some of a prom gown's traditional qualities.
She said: 'Why don't I combine the two together, make the top out of Starbursts and
then the bottom half, the ball gown kind of skirt.
Creative: The student was inspired to create the design after seeing her friend fold the wrappers for fun
Colourful: The weaved design, which was made into a corset, headband and purse, resembled a Missoni print
'I wanted to give the
illusion that the dress was kind of falling apart so I just strung the
Starburst all around.'
Genius: Tara Frey from Wisconsin (pictured) made a prom dress from Starburst wrappers last year
The bottom half of the gown is made from black tulle and a thick underlay.
Miss McNease simply twisted additional wrappers and stuck them to the skirt to achieve the effect she was after.
She claimed that she came up with the idea after spying one of her friend's folding the wrappers for fun.
But it is not the first prom gown to be made from Starburst wrappers.
Frey, a high school senior from Wisconsin, wore a dress made entirely
from the wrappers to her prom which was staged last year.
Frey's design, which was hand-crafted by her mother, had taken six
years to create the design, which had been paired with a handbag and
In addition, a matching vest was created for her date.
Kerrin Frey, the teenager's mother, revealed that she bought 20lbs of candy at a time in
an effort to complete the task.
She said she got the idea from another mother who she saw weaving gum
wrappers during their children's hockey matches.
Mrs Frey explained that each wrapper had to be folded eight times and pressed further with tweezers in order to get a tight weave.
Due to the extreme demands, she too enlisted the help of family and friends to complete the dress.