Prairie Grove, Ark. — Everyone expects some eyes on them for prom, that’s why you dress up, but one teen’s homemade dress led to more than 11k eyes on her for her special night.
Hailey Skoch wowed the internet making her prom dress with “the words that brought her peace, the books of her childhood”, two Harry Potter books. That’s more than 12,000 pages!
Dawning her Hogwarts shirt for her interview, her love for the book is clear. She says she started reading them after her parents got divorced saying they were “something to reunite this idea of family and hope and love”.
Surprisingly, it only took four days create her prom dress from scratch but she has a little help.
“I was binge watching the whole Harry potter series so you can’t just get half way through and wait a week and watch the rest,” she explained. Still, that meant more than one all nighter. In total, she says it was all eight Harry Potter Movies plus two of the Fantastic Beast spin-off films.
“You start on a project like that, you just have to get it done as fast as possible!” she says.
She says it was a lot of folding, gluing, sewing and stapling to get to prom day. She says the reaction was well worth the work and is now something that could even shape her future.
Skoch has a scholarship to the University of Arkansas this fall. She originally planned to study psychology but the unexpected reaction has her considering other options.
“It’s not every day that someone tells you that you could pursue your hobby,” she says with a smile.
She says since posting the pictures of the dress, designers and photographers from all over have reached out to her. Two public libraries in Arkansas have even reached out asking to put her dress on display.
“I was this shy, nerdy, geeky kid that was looking for some magic in my life,” Skoch adds explaining how she felt a connection with the character Hermione Granger.
Even with all the attention, people trying to put price tags on the dress and some even requesting to wear it in their weddings, Skoch says this piece is just for her.
The dress, the moment and especially the words printed on each layer of her dress, more sentimental than any social media like.
“Just such an inspiration at a time when I was so vulnerable and needed it most... I have such a great love for these books,” she says.
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