This Teen Gives New Meaning To 'Looking Good In Anything -- Even A Potato Sack'

06/19/2014 02:24 pm ET | Updated Jun 19, 2014
Courtesy Courtney Barich

As one of the most glamorous nights of a high school student's career, everyone remembers what they wore to prom. But Courtney Barich's dress stands out from the rest -- and it's not just because her gown resembles a (very beautiful) potato sack.

According to TODAY.com, the Surrey, British Columbia student was inspired to create her own prom dress following a shopping trip with her mother. Despite finding a special dress to wear for the big night at a store, she was put off by its $700 price tag.

"We were driving in the car and I felt kind of selfish for how much it cost,” the 18-year-old told the news site. "My mom said, ‘You would look good in anything, even a garbage bag or a potato sack.’ And the idea kind of grew from there.”

Ditching the fancy gown, Barich announced she would make her own dress out of burlap if she could raise $10,000 to support an orphanage in the Philippines, where she will be traveling to with classmates in September.

"While I would love to join my peers and dress up in a glitzy dress for grad, I feel we are so spoiled as Canadian children and the need to wear that glitzy dress is not important," wrote Barich on her fundraising site.

Though she didn't meet her goal in time for prom, Barich still rocked the burlap dress. She is continuing to fundraise for her trip, raising $7,500 to date, which will provide educational support, food and other needs for the St. Martin de Porres Orphanage.

Scroll down to see photos of Barich's gorgeous dress and check out her website for more info.

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