Duct tape maker Duck Tape has a light side, making fun of the common mispronunciation of its product with its brand name. Now it's sponsoring a sticky contest, inviting young fans to design and wear outfits made from duct tape to their spring proms and post pictures on the brand’s website. The winners will be chosen through online voting that runs through July 11.
Brooke Wallace, 17, of Solomon, Kansas (above) spent more than 200 hours creating a western-style prom dress for herself and a suit for her date, using 42 rolls of duct tape. She and her date, Mark Aylward, named one of 10 finalists, could each win $5,000 scholarships and an additional $5,000 for their school, Solomon High School. Wallace chose a rodeo theme because “we both live in the country, so it fit our style.”
The torso of Wallace's dress and Aylward's cowboy vest were made from 1,500 to 1,800 hand-folded triangles of tape, with the trim ruffles crafted from turquoise and hot pink tape.
“I wanted colors that looked good together, along with an intricate design that would stand out,” said Wallace. She accessorized with a purse and earrings for herself and a bolo tie, lariat, gun and holster for Aylward, all created from duct tape.
Aylward, 16, said the outfits attracted a lot of attention at the prom and people especially wanted to touch them. “We stood and took pictures longer than anyone else.”
Wallace's first foray into unusual design was last year’s blue ribbon at the Tri-Rivers Fair with a dress made from 60 Mountain Dew cans and close to 600 pull tabs. For her senior prom next spring, she said, she'll probably do something “more normal.”
Check some of the other finalists below: