Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- Prom is all about flash and making a statement, so teenage girls spend a lot of time shopping and accessorizing. But for one local teen it was about pulling all of the elements together – literally.
For Lauren Ralbovsky, who made her own dress, Friday night’s prom debut had a deeper meaning.
“It has all the elements on it and they’re all in the right order, all the noble gasses and the alkaline earth metals are all different colors,” Lauren told NewsChannel 9.
If you didn’t pay attention in high school and those chemical elements don’t ring a bell, they’re all part of the periodic table and they all became a part of Lauren’s dress.
Lauren says she was at work one day when the idea came to her. “I though it would be awesome if I had a periodic prom dress and I texted all my nerdy friends and they all agreed,” she said.
Lauren worked for months, piecing together colorful elements on a sheer fabric to bring the periodic table to life and it was definitely a talker among her peers.
Lauren even got the official stamp of approval from her date, a certified science whiz, who scored perfectly on the chemistry portion of the SAT.
“She didn’t tell me anything about how it would look, but I imagined it would have all the elements on it and it does. She delivered. She did a very nice job of making her dress,” Lauren’s date, Sidney Perkins said.
And while most girls will never wear their prom dress again, Lauren’s might come in handy for her future in chemistry.
“Maybe I can wear this to a test if worse comes to worse,” Lauren laughed.