She hoped to symbolize that too many people rush into marriage and end up getting divorced.
But Demi Barnes, 15, who has more than 1,500 divorce papers cascading down from the waistline, has become an internet sensation.
Crawley’s college student, who is expected to earn an A * in the subject, posted photos to her Facebook profile page on Saturday to show her cousin in Italy.
She wrote: “My GCSE art final piece. Wedding dress made from divorce papers 🙂 passed a 10 hour exam. “Contact me if you want to know anything else – please like and share :)))))?”
In less than a week, she had over 46,000 likes and the photo has been commented and shared by over 2,000 people.
Demi created the dress during the review last Thursday and Friday.
She wanted to create something ironic, eventually landing on the idea of the wedding dress.
She printed a divorce form from the Internet, filled it out and photocopied 1,500 times to create the dress.
After spending hours working on the best way to fold the paper to the dress, she made a last minute modification, leaving a little flat on a panel in the front so the shapes were in plain view. .
She said: “At first I didn’t really know how to do it.
“It was quite a challenge.
“I only put pictures on Facebook for my cousin in Italy to see, but when I woke up on Sunday morning I was shocked at how many ‘likes’ there were.
“Some people copied the image and put it on Tumbler and there are still 130,000 hits there.”
The dress is currently in the spotlight in the halls of Lingfield Notre Dame Independent School.
Artistic Director Claire Davis said, “Demi charged, like electricity, when she came up with the idea for the dress.
“It was an incredibly ambitious piece and it took courage, patience and tenacity to bring it to fruition from concept to final piece.”
Demi wants to work in the fashion industry and hopes that attention can get her an internship with a great designer.