A picture might be worth a thousand words, but for one Lockport High School graduate, 400 pictures were definitely worth a second look.
For her graduation last Saturday, class of 2016 graduate Jordan Stover wore a dress that can only be described as a wearable scrapbook of her high school career.
Stover, who will attend Buffalo State College in the fall to study fashion, made the dress herself using photos from homecoming, band trips, drama club productions, acceptance letters, and other high school events.
“A lot of people were asking where I ordered the dress from, but I made it myself,” Stover said.
She created the dress using special photo fabric sheets and a printer.
“It sort of started out as a joke with my mom and then I decided to do it,” Stover said of the one-of-a-kind graduation look.
The new graduate said that she’s been sewing since she was seven years old.
“I started off making clothes for my Build-A-Bears, and then I started making my own clothes,” Stover said.
She also made her own dresses for the school prom and Holly Hop.
“I don’t even use patterns anymore. I make my own,” she explained.
Stover designed and created the costume worn by Abbie Cole as “Nancy” in the high school’s production of “Oliver!” this past spring.
The costume took her about a month and a half to finish.
Stover has been involved in many aspects of the school’s theater department, from performing onstage to working the sound booth, spotlight and serving as props manager for two years.
She plans on attending Buffalo State College for three years before transferring to the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.
“Eventually I want to open up my own design company and have my own lines in New York,” Stover said. “I want to specialize in unconventional materials and haute couture.”
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Contact reporter Kaley Lynch at the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal at 439-9222, ext. 6245.