Teen designs Ulta bag dress for national contest

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PHOENIX – Victoria Weber, a 15-year-old advanced interior design student at Sandra Day O’Connor high School, will be representing Arizona at a national competition this week.

As part of an assignment to create an entry for a state contest, Victoria designed and crocheted a dress, not with yarn, but with plastic bags from Ulta Beauty, a cosmetics store. Victoria’s unique dress won top honors in the recycle and redesign portion of the competition.

The contest wasn’t specifically about fashion, but Victoria got creative with her entry. Last year’s winner made a dress of Capri Sun packets. After talking it over with her mom, Victoria decided to give it a go with plastic bags.

Victoria tried using other bags, but those plastics didn’t really work. The Ulta bags were thick enough to hold up, but flexible enough to work with.

With the Ulta bags as her medium, Victoria was able to use the crocheting skills her grandmother taught he when she was younger.

Victoria has actually worn the Ulta bag dress, which is lined with recycled fabric to keep it from being itchy. When she took it to an Ulta store, the employees talked her into an impromptu fashion show.

Victoria leaves Thursday for the national competition in Southern California.