Four months, three hundred empty cans of Coca-Cola and over a thousand tiny butterfly pins.

This was what it took Paige Morgan, a fourteen old Year 9 student from Feilding High School in New Zealand’s Manawatu district to make her award-winning wearable art dress.  

Inspired by her favourite Pop Art artist Andy Warhol, and his iconic painting featuring Coca-Cola cans and bottles, Paige created the dress for New Zealand’s 2013 EVENTO Wearable Art Show.

 “The idea started as a play on the term Pop Art, because sometimes Coca-Cola is also referred to as pop, so I thought it would be a great idea to make something out of Coke cans,” said Paige. “I also really like a Pop artist called Andy Warhol who used Coke cans in his artwork.”

With some help from local metal recyclers, Paige spent months collecting cans, and tirelessly cutting the tops and bottoms off then flattening them out and connecting them with butterfly paper clips. Once the dress was assembled she used duct tape as lining so she could wear it on stage in front of more than 1000 guests who attended on the night.


“I was so nervous when I was waiting back stage that I was shaking, but it was alright once I came out onto the stage because we’d been shown how to walk down the different cat walks,” Paige said. “There were some amazing outfits, and I made some excellent new friends on the night.”

Not only did her dress win the Year 9 design award at EVENTO, she also wore the dress while hosting New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key, when he visited Feilding High School following the award.

Paige’s interest in wearable arts started when she was in primary school when she made a dress out of milk containers for a wearable art class project with the help of her mother Megan Morgan. She has also made outfits out of ribbons and christmas decorations.

“Paige has been arty from as far back as I can remember, when she was in kindergarten the other kids might be playing in the sandpit and she would go straight to the craft table,” Megan said. “She has learned so much through this whole experience, and I hope one day she’ll be able to make a career out of her creativity.”