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By Carl Azuz, CNN, Reporting

(CNN) — Combining her efforts from the school year with some serious, sartorial creativity, Kara Koskowich wove together a garment that truly made the grade.

The 17-year-old Canadian student graduated in a dress made from her homework.

There was literally no chance of her running into anybody else with the exact same dress. Most graduates never want to look at homework again; Koskowich found a way to look good in it.

She cut, sewed, glued, and eventually tailored a graduation gown out of the assignments that helped her graduate. It took about 75 pieces of paper. She said the math work she did made for the best look.

And though she started the project in March, she cut it pretty close to deadline, finishing the dress the night before she graduated. “I did most of it the last week because I’m that kind of person. I procrastinate,” Koskowich said.

She wasn’t the only student to skip store-bought couture. Her friend Dorothy Graham substituted plastic shopping bags for silk and fashioned her own dress. According to Graham, “It was actually funny because everyone was wearing these elegant dresses, and we’re in dresses that cost nothing, and we were the most popular people there.”

It shows you don’t need a designer label (or any label at all, really) to win acclaim while accepting a diploma. And if Koskowich never wears the dress again? Well, it was only homework, after all.