The divorce dress: Schoolgirl’s incredible design made out of annulment papers ‘set to be copied by major designers’
- Demi Barnes created the stunning dress as part of her GCSE art exam
- The schoolgirl used divorce papers in the design in a bid to be ‘ironic’
- Within days of posting it on Facebook her dress had 40,000 likes
By Steve Nolan
PUBLISHED: 03:15 EST, 4 May 2013 | UPDATED: 10:15 EST, 4 May 2013
A schoolgirl’s ‘ironic’ wedding dress design made from divorce papers has become an internet hit and attracted interest from major fashion designers.
Demi Barnes, only posted a picture of her dress, designed as part of her GCSE art coursework, on Facebook to show it to a cousin in Italy.
But within days, her impressive design had gone viral getting more than 40,000 ‘likes’ and prompting several admirers to ask 15-year-old Demi to design their wedding dress.
The stunning gown, reminiscent of the Emanuelle gown worn by Princess Diana or one of Thelma Madine’s elaborate designs as seen on Channel 4 show My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, was made using more than 1,500 genuine divorce papers.
Demi, a student at Lingfield Notre Dame School in Surrey, designed the dress to represent the notion that too many people rush into getting married and end up getting divorced.
She said: ‘When I put it up on Facebook, it was just to show my cousin in Italy what I’d been up to.
‘Within a week, it had had over 40,000 hits and people were approaching me to design their wedding dresses.
‘Major designers have asked for copies.
‘I’m passionate about fashion and design and am hoping someone will approach me with a work experience placement so I can turn my passion into a career.”
Head of Art at Demi’s school, Claire Davis added: ‘Demi became charged, like electricity, when she had the idea for the dress.
‘This was an incredibly ambitious piece and it took courage, patience and tenacity to see this through from concept to final piece.’
Demi was originally going to make the dress out of magazines but decided upon a more interesting concept and put it together using a wire bodice frame and stapled divorce papers onto it.
Lingfield Notre Dame headmaster Richard Bool said that her design is the talk of her class.
He said: ‘I’m extremely proud of the work Demi and the entire Art Department have achieved this academic year.
‘It is also a pleasure to see the power of social media working for a student in a positive and responsible way.’