The inspiration for this dress comes directly from an important coping mechanism of mine. Ever since I was young, I’ve struggled with social anxiety which makes it hard for me to connect with others, which seems simple and easy to everyone else. My multiple panic attacks throughout the years have caused me to have a conflict with my own conscience. To escape these restrictive problems, I spend days outside, strolling in the local gardens and reserves, sometimes even around my neighborhood, whenever I have the chance. This kind of relationship has allowed me to immerse myself in a natural environment and often provides me with a new, tranquil view of my busy life. In turn, throughout high school, I’ve accomplished some of my best art pieces by observing serene environments, places that take me away from all of my copious worries and tenacious tensions. These places, as well as nature in general, has helped me combat so many of my life’s problems. I wanted to illustrate this with one of my favorite things in nature to observe: flowers. I know very well that everyone “loves flowers” but I find meaning within their beauty. The underlying meaning behind each specimen, with different colors, petal shapes, sizes, and history, they’re all so different and elegant in their own ways. As I scrutinize them, I enjoy learning about them, and what they resemble. I think that this has reminded me that I can stand out by just being myself and that I can be elegant by showing my colors as a person. The dress also represents the flowers of spring. Spring is an important season, it reminds us of new beginnings, our future, and who we as people want to bloom into. Going into college this year, the making of this dress has reminded me that I get a fresh new start in a bright new atmosphere.