Dress Grand Prize
Since middle school, I've dreamed of designing my prom dress from Duck Tape. This year Blake and I worked to make this a reality, taking inspiration from victorian style ballgowns and roses. The trickiest part of the dress was the sleeves, made from clear tape and covered with meticulously cut white roses and vines as a more subdued version of the main pattern. I also incorporated the hand cut rose and vine design in the purse, shoes, corsage, necklace, earrings, and hairpiece. My favorite is the necklace, which has such intricate curls that I was often asked if it was actually made from tape. The rows of ruffles added a princess-like flair, while gold accent pieces on the borders defined edges and tied it all together. Everything, except for the hoop skirt and shoes, was crafted completely from tape–even the French manicures on my fingernails! Though challenging to wear, it was such a blessing to feel such overwhelming support and to make this incredible memory. Thank you!
Tux Grand Prize
For my tuxedo, I wanted to create something that was classic, but also very unique. My tuxedo is a modern version of the timeless black tuxedo. I stuck with a two-color color scheme so that the colors wouldn't distract from the stipe pattern. The hand-cut lion design on the back was sort of a spur-of-the-moment decision. As I was cutting hundreds of gold stripes to go on the jacket and shoes, a show about lions was playing on the tv in the background. The lions on the tv inspired me to put the lion design on the back of the jacket. While the tuxedo is a very formal thing, I wanted to make it more fun and easier to dance in. Because of this, I chose to make sneakers instead of dress shoes. Along with the sneakers, I also made a boutonnière (rose on the jacket), cufflinks, and a bowtie to go with the outfit. While this was an extremely tedious and difficult task, I'm so glad I did it.
Dress Runner Up
As artists who have been looking forward to senior prom, we wanted to have unforgettable attire. Inspired by my school's prom theme of an "Enchanted Forest," the dress and suit incorporate whimsical trees silhouetted in front of a sunset with glowing stars above. The bodice of the dress is black duct tape with white stars. LED lights are strewn through the top layer of the skirt for the twinkling effect. The colors throughout the suit and dress are solid overlaid with triangles and trapezoids to transition from one color to the next. The purse is a shooting star, and the corsage is a stargazer lily. Holographic mirror tape is used on the shoes and purse to represent the shine of the stars. As artists we are always looking forward to expressing ourselves in new and fun ways. Thank you for your votes!
Tux Runner Up
As artists who have been looking forward to senior prom, we wanted to have unforgettable attire. Inspired by my school's prom theme of an "Enchanted Forest," the dress and suit incorporate whimsical trees silhouetted in front of a sunset with glowing stars above. The bodice of the dress is black duct tape with white stars. LED lights are strewn through the top layer of the skirt for the twinkling effect. The colors throughout the suit and dress are solid overlaid with triangles and trapezoids to transition from one color to the next. The purse is a shooting star, and the corsage is a stargazer lily. Holographic mirror tape is used on the shoes and purse represent the shine of the stars. As artists we are always looking forward to expressing ourselves in new and fun ways. Thank you for your votes!
Dress Runner Up
This dress is a one piece, short black dress, with a ruffled skirt and strapless top. It has smaller flowers on the top of the dress and a larger flower pattern on the skirt. The top of the dress is cut in a triangular pattern.
Tux Runner Up
When Baylee asked me to join her in this Duck Tape project, I had no idea the extent of what we were taking on, but it has proven to make the prom at both of our schools so much fun and extremely memorable! My tux and accessories carry further the rose and vine design of my date’s dress. The detail was all hand cut with an exacto blade and both the rose covered jacket and gold metallic vest are completely made out of tape--down to the handmade Duck Tape buttons and fully functional pockets! My pants have usable pockets as well, along with a set of thin belt loops. My accessories include a black belt, a patterned necktie that can actually be tied, shoes with the gold vine design and Duck Tape shoelaces, a rose boutonniere, and a decorative hat which provided a fun prop during photos and at our dances. All of these items added detail and polish to the overall creation, making it an experience that I’ll never forget!
Dress Runner Up
My dress was originally based on the Phoenix and the brilliance of its rebirth. However, as I kept returning to the structure of the dress, I decided that I wanted to test the bounds of duct tape-make it look like anything but duct tape. I wanted it to flow and have really nice texture-something different from what I’d seen, so I decided to construct an interlocking duct tape chain mesh, that acts as fabric and adds fullness to the skirt. This also allows it to conform to my body. The texture is created using hundreds of duct tape feathers cut by hand and taped to the chains. There is also an inner lining that acts as a slip. The top was made using thin pattern paper with duct tape placed over it, with the back straps held together via velcro. In total, I can say, other than those two things, my dress is entirely duct tape. It combines the femininity of a bird with the ambitious flames of fire and comes together to represent my design- one based on both ambition-and style
Tux Runner Up
I wanted to create a suit that portrayed my personality while also having a sharp yet clean look. I believe my suit did just that. The colors are flashy but not overwhelming and work very well together. The design was relatively difficult to create. I cut each of the 750 triangles individually and carefully placed them together on every aspect of the suit, as seen on the coat, lapels, vest, pants, and accessories. The accessories include a hat, glasses, bow tie, handkerchief, boutonniere, wallet, and shoes, all of which incorporate the triangular design (or a complementary color). The hard work and time put into this suit made my prom such a wonderful and positive experience as I was able to live my dream of going to prom in duct tape. The last 7 months of designing, creating, and executing this project have been a blast, and I greatly thank Duck Brand Duct Tape for this opportunity. Finally, thank you for your votes! I greatly appreciate your time and support! Thank you!
Dress Runner Up
Several years ago, I helped my dad make a wedding cake by molding fondant into hundreds of little flowers for its decoration. Now, I was able to use that skill again but with Duck Tape in creating each of these flowers by hand. The color scheme is harmonious with vibrant green, red, and yellow, paired with a light pink and white. The dress is shapely, beginning with an off-the-shoulder top and ending in a mermaid style cut along with a slit, not only added for the stylishness it brings to the design but also for the ability to move about once in the dress, haha. The backside is laced followed by a flowered cape. For added flair, I crafted a flower crown for my hair, leafy high heels, a flowery clutch, a rose corsage, and even red nails with yellow detailing. Thank you!
Tux Runner Up
1. My prom's theme was "Around the World" so the first thing I thought to myself was that "Hey, I love my country, how do Incorporate that into my project" and I think that from head to toe I hit that feeling of patriotism that I was aiming for. 2. The hardest part of the project wasn't working with the material, but rather locating the specific color or design of tape needed to complete the project. Not every store stocks up with all the shades and prints that are available. A great example is when I was creating the shoes I wanted them to have a little more contrast so I decided I wanted to use a white sparkle duct tape, which took me trips to 4 different stores just to locate a single roll of it. 3.What surprises me the most is that whenever I mentioned to somebody that it (The tuxedo.) is made out of duct tape they are flabbergasted and amazed that such a feat can be achieved with duct tape and duct tape alone. Thank you for your consideration Sincerely, Nicholas Matawa.
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