Manker did not deter her by the fact that she would not get clothes for prom night. Instead, she felt inspired to create a dress that “documents a piece of history”.
Her coronavirus-themed dress features multiple images depicting life during a pandemic. Her vision for the dress began with a desire to capture her own experience. He presents his unforgettable high school year with a colorful scene of students attending a virtual graduation.
Maker’s ideas evolved as the pandemic continued to affect people around the world.
“It wasn’t just high school students, it wasn’t just America, but the whole world was affected by the pandemic so I wanted to show it,” Manker said.
It does this by showing a picture of people fleeing the giant coronavirus to mark the world trying to avoid catching the disease. Other designs pay tribute to employees and people suffering from mental health problems as a result of the pandemic.
And a high school graduate from Sparta, Illinois, didn’t miss the details from her dressing ensemble. She complemented the look with a creative range of accessories, including a “flatten curve” face mask. Manker also made jewelry, shoes and a piece of hair reading, “separately together.”
While Manker’s favorite creation is her coronavirus-shaped purse, she believes her nail containing the words “And this will pass” fits perfectly into her message. She wants to remind people who see her dress that “even though it doesn’t seem like it at the moment, the coronavirus pandemic will finally pass, in the end everything will be fine.”
Manker also wants to inspire a spirit of positivity with his work. She believes that “from this whole experience we can bring out some positive things, and my dress is an example of that.”
It would be hard to determine a look at the pictures of her work, but Manker says this is her debut as a feature film artist. Her previous experience was making small wallets and flowers out of cassettes when she was much younger. Four months and 41 reels of tape later, she managed to make something far more complex.
As Manker prepares for the fall to go to Southwestern Illinois College, she says experience has taught her that “you can do a lot of things with a ribbon”.
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