WRAP ARTIST

A dress that Olivia Mears ’14 created from Taco Bell wrappers made a fashion statement on national television. Mears twirled in the dress in the commercial, “True Fans of the Bell,” which aired in the spring. Taco Bell treated Mears to an all-expenses-paid trip to Los Angeles in February to appear in the commercial wearing her dress, which won second-place in the fast-food chain’s 50th anniversary contest several years ago. Taco Bell also sent a crew to the WCU campus in May to film the young artist and her work for a promotional YouTube video. Mears, a double major in art education and fine arts, has been making fanciful fashions since childhood. She was inspired at an early age by television superheroes and role-playing characters. Many of her costumes feature recycled materials, including a suit of armor sculpted with empty beer cans. A national brewing company has expressed interest in that one. Mears is the daughter of Debbie and Johnny Mears of Laurinburg and is a 2009 graduate of Scotland High School. Her costume art can be seen at www.avant-geek.com and the Taco Bell commercial can be seen at http://tinyurl.com/nppxg4y.