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Student makes dress out of Derby Marathon medals

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - From the race course to the runway, a Louisville high school student is making a dress that embodies the race to the Derby.

Peyton Froula, a senior at duPont Manual High School, is used to homework taking up much of her time, but her latest class project has taken on a life of its own.

"She's a diva," says Froula, describing the dress she's created, made completely out of Derby Festival Marathon medals and ribbons.

The festive frock is part of a non-traditional clothing assignment for her Advanced Textiles class.

"You kind of have to stretch your brain a little bit and figure out how does this end up being wearable," Froula said.

Hundreds of runners cross the finish line of the annual marathon and mini-marathon.

After all the hardware's handed out, plenty of prizes remain. It poses a potential problem for race organizers, but the perfect canvas for Froula.

"They don't have anything to do with the leftovers, so they'll just toss them in a landfill unfortunately, because there's not a lot you can do," said Froula.

Boxes of the leftover medals were donated to the high school and caught Froula's attention. Despite never designing or sewing a piece of clothing before, Froula took on the task of creating the smock from scratch.

"There are 18 medal pieces on the bodice. As for the ribbon, I'm going to give a rough estimate. It's over 500 for sure," said Froula.

What started as an eight-week project ended up taking closer to 12 weeks. She's still making nips and tucks here and there to turn out the perfect tribute to one of the Derby City's main events.

"Derby brings Louisville to life every year and I kind of wanted to incorporate that because it's fun, it's festive, it's a little crazy sometimes. So I feel like this dress captures some of that," said Froula who will now model the medal motif on several catwalks.

She strutted her stuff in the Macy's Derby Fashion Show and will participate in the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft's runway show next month. The dress will also be on display at the race expo and packet pick-up.

"Even though I've not trained for a marathon, I've worked a lot on this, so I almost know what it feels like to get a medal after a goal," said Froula.

After months of marathon sewing, Froula said she's not against tackling the actual race next. "I want to make it a goal to run it in the future, because I made this. I think it's expected of me now," said Froula.

Next year, Froula will head off to Western Kentucky where she's interested in pursuing a degree in marketing, however she says while this was her first foray into fashion design, she doesn't think it will be her last.

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