A 17-year-old transformed a thrifted wedding dress into a princess prom look — and millions of TikTok likes
- Megan Johnson went viral for dyeing a thrifted wedding dress for prom.
- Johnson shared the process of dyeing the dress into a soft pink color.
Megan Johnson, a 17-year-old TikToker, went viral for dyeing a beaded strapless wedding gown she thrifted into a pink prom dress.
Johnson's March 12 TikTok is a DIY montage that cuts the labor-intensive process down to a satisfying 30 seconds. The video has been viewed 8.4 million times.
Johnson showed viewers the "before" of a white dress with a dramatic skirt and a beaded and corsetted strapless top that Johnson explained she'd already tailored.
To prep, Johnson bought the dye, poured many pots of boiling water into a large plastic tub — showing steam rising off the water in her garage — and showed viewers "taking one last look" before she "sealed her fate." Johnson stirred the water with a mop for 30 minutes, explaining in the voiceover she didn't want the pink to look "too dark," before cutting to the final shot of the dress laid out to dry — looking miraculously uniform in color.
"I think it turned out pretty cute," she said. Commenters, who called the idea "genius" and the dress "dreamy," agreed.
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In the comments, Johnson said she was worried about how the pearl beading and lace, in particular, would react to the dye, but the lace simply turned a darker pink and the pearls took on a pink sheen as well.
But viewers had to wait until March 13 to see the final product. Johnson posted a dress reveal on Monday in which she ran through a field in the perfectly-fit gown to the Lizzy McAlpine song, "Ceilings," as her mom filmed.
The scene, which looks like a romance heroine as she expresses her internal turmoil via dance, is part of a lighthearted and exceedingly popular TikTok trend. Users typically wear a (preferably flowy) dress, intermittently sing to the camera and run away from it, and mouth along to a sped-up version of the track. Johnson's is one of thousands of iterations; some have participated in their actual wedding dresses.
@therealmeganjohnson Replying to @httpshy2 thanks for recording me mom!! @ritdye #pt2 #prom #ritdye #senioryear #highschool #senior #promdress #weddingdresses #thrifted #timbercreekhighschool #thriftflip #alterations #wedding #pink #princessdress #dyeing #foryou #fyp #makemefamous #makemeviral #fashiontiktok #fashion #loveshackfancy #vivviennewestwood #corset #cellingslizzymcalpine ♬ ceilings - Sped Up Version - Lizzy McAlpine
"You're literally a Disney princess," one viewer commented.
Viewers also added suggestions for future projects for Johnson.
"Okay imagine if you cut like two to three inches and put petticoats or a hoop skirt to get a dreamy Dior silhouette," one commenter suggested.
"I'll do that after prom," Johnson promised.
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