I am Sophia, a seventeen year old high school student. The inspiration for my dress comes from a Japanese language and culture class I took this year. I featured several traditional Japanese elements into my dress. I included a pleated kimono belt, the Japanese red crowned crane which is an iconic symbol for luck, and cherry blossoms which Japan is famous for. I also integrated traditional Japanese patterns into the dress. Many are familiar with patterns such as stripes and polk-a-dots, however, there are patterns like these that are uniquely used in traditional Japanese clothing. I included two of these patterns in my dress. The blue flower pattern running through my dress is called Shippo, where you cannot distinguish when one flower ends or begins. The cascading curves at the trim of my dress is called Saigaiha which represent the waves of the open ocean. This is my dedication to all of the high school students that were not able to attend prom this year. I had so much fun making this dress and I learned a lot. Thank you DuckTape!