Demi Barnes, only posted a picture of her dress, designed as part of her GCSE art coursework, on Facebook to show it to a cousin in Italy.

But within days, her impressive design had gone viral getting more than 40,000 ‘likes’ and prompting several admirers to ask 15-year-old Demi to design their wedding dress.

Online hit: Demi Barnes's wedding dress made from more than 1,500 divorce papers has gone viral after she posted a picture of it on Facebook

Online hit: Demi Barnes’s wedding dress made from more than 1,500 divorce papers has gone viral after she posted a picture of it on Facebook

Demi, a student at Lingfield Notre Dame School in Surrey, designed the dress to represent the notion that too many people rush into getting married and end up getting divorced

Demi, a student at Lingfield Notre Dame School in Surrey, designed the dress to represent the notion that too many people rush into getting married and end up getting divorced

The stunning gown, reminiscent of the Emanuelle gown worn by Princess Diana or one of Thelma Madine’s elaborate designs as seen on Channel 4 show My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, was made using more than 1,500 genuine divorce papers.

Demi, a student at Lingfield Notre Dame School in Surrey, designed the dress to represent the notion that too many people rush into getting married and end up getting divorced.

She said: ‘When I put it up on Facebook, it was just to show my cousin in Italy what I’d been up to.