In 2010, Elizabeth Rasmuson was a junior in high school preparing to attend prom with her boyfriend, Jordan. But instead of buying a dress, Elizabeth decided to sew her own gown out of an unlikely material: 5 brand gum wrappers.
Elizabeth told The Associated Press, “I heard about somebody making a dress out of duct tape or something one time so I just was like what’s something cool and I’ve always liked the colors of the ‘Five’ gum.”
Elizabeth used a combination of quilting techniques, iron-on interfacing, and a layer of vinyl finish to prevent wrapper breakage.
Elizabeth admits that she lost count of the total wrappers used after 200. Family and friends helped her to collect all the wrappers required.
Elizabeth even found time to make a matching vest for her boyfriend, Jordan.
Her daughter’s fashion statement showed that the girl was artistic, talented, and daring. “In today’s world, a lot of the girls are just worried about fitting in and being like the next girl,” Dawn said.