Alyssa Hertz, a student at Copley High School near Akron, Ohio, is an aspiring fashion designer, and one of her recent designs has grabbed some serious attention.
The 18-year-old created a wedding dress made entirely out of Styrofoam after her independent studies teacher assigned her to create a look made out of unconventional materials.
Hertz told PEOPLE that she used shows like Project Runway and Say Yes to the Dress for inspiration, and spent one month creating the dress, which features layered plates creating a bodice, a strap covered with rosettes and a train adorned with cups.
“I was thrilled,” Hertz said of the finished product, noting, “at first getting the cups and bowls to do what I wanted them to do wasn’t working."
She eventually succeeded with her creation and is now planning on submitting the gown to the Cleveland IngenuityFest, which celebrates local creativity.
Hertz will bring her talents to Kent State University this fall, where she will major in fashion design.
"I really want to have my own label, my own
Her art teacher, Antoine Pastor, shared that he thinks his pupil has a lot to look forward to.
“The future is going to be really bright for her,” Pastor said. “With Alyssa, I definitely think we’re going to be hearing from her.”
[H/T Instagram / @a_zdesigns]
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