Manker was not discouraged by the fact that she could not wear her dress to the dance. Instead, she felt inspired to create a dress that “documents a part of the story.”
Her dress with corona has many images depicting life during the pandemic. Her vision for the dress began with the desire to capture her own experience. It represents its unforgettable year with a lively stage for students attending virtual graduation.
Manker’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.
He does this by showing a picture of people running away from the giant corona to signal the world trying to avoid catching the disease. Other plans pay tribute to the first workers and people suffering from mental health problems as a result of the pandemic.
The high school graduate of Sparta, Illinois, did not miss a single detail of her entire costume. Complete the look with a creative range of accessories, such as a “curve leveling” face mask. Manker also created jewelry, shoes and a piece of hair to read, “separately together.”
While Manker’s favorite creation is her corona-shaped wallet, he believes his ankle displays the words, “This will pass, too,” incorporating her message perfectly. She wants to remind people who see her dress that “even though it doesn’t look like it is now, the corona pandemic will eventually pass, everything will be fine in the end.”
Manker also wants to encourage a spirit of positivity with her work. He believes that “we can have some positive things from all this experience and my dress is an example of that”.
It would be hard to tell from looking at the photos of her work, but Manker says it’s her debut as a sticker artist. Her previous experience is from making small wallets and flowers when she was much younger. Four months and 41 rolls of adhesive tape later, he managed to do something much more complicated.
As Manker prepares to leave for Southwestern Illinois College in the fall, she says her experience has taught her that “you can do a lot of things with adhesive tape.”
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