Style This Teen Made Her Prom Dress Completely Out of Duct Tape—and Won $10,000

01:03  10 may  2018
01:03  10 may  2018 Source:   time.com

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Clever teens fashion incredible prom dresses and suits made entirely out of DUCT TAPE - and go on to win , 000 in scholarships. Duck Tape have revealed the winners of their annual Duck brand Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest, which offered tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships.

If you just can't find that perfect prom dress , or you just want to throw your hat in the ring and try to win as much as $ 10 , 000 toward your education, try making a duct tape prom creation of your own.

a group of people standing in a park: Emily O'Gara and Ethan Weber© courtesy of ShurTech Emily O'Gara and Ethan Weber Teens splash out hundreds of dollars on their prom outfits each year, but only a handful can claim that their looks earned them $10,000.

Emily O’Gara can.

The Lincoln, Neb., resident dropped roughly $58 on her dress, heels, and polyhedral handbag. Her biggest expense? Duct tape.

Even better, the 20 rolls she used to construct her elaborate black-and-white geometric-pattern dress—bordered at the hem by a colorful floral garden—won O’Gara, now 19, a $10,000 college scholarship. (Also part of the work: helping to construct a matching tux, with geometric lapels and gold waistcoat, for O’Gara’s competition partner, Ethan Weber.)

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Teens Who Made Prom Outfits Out of Duct Tape Earn College Scholarships. Teen Couple’s Duct Tape Prom Outfits Win , 000 . The construction took about 90 hours to complete . (Credit: Stuck At Prom ).

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For the past 17 years, the company that makes Duck Tape has handed out hefty prizes to inventive high school students who construct stunning formal wear out of its signature product.

Winning is almost as challenging as wielding your X-Acto knife correctly—or, for that matter, walking around in what can be a heavy, sticky creation. The contest draws a few dozen entries across the U.S. and Canada; judges select the finalists, but then the public votes for its favorites. (You can already check out some of the submissions coming in for the 2018 contest.)

O’Gara says she thinks her design’s wearability gave her an edge with voters. “What I think helped me was designing a dress that looked like a real dress. So many of the comments we got said things like, ‘Can’t believe that is made out of duct tape’ or ‘I’d wear that dress,’” says O’Gara. “You can go super crazy with it but you also have to remember to appeal to the people who are voting for you.”

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Teens Craft AMAZING Prom Dresses & Tuxes Out Of Duct Tape ! It's all part of a contest called Stuck at Prom , where students used Duck Tape to make their whole outfits, and wore them to prom for a chance to win $ 10 , 000 !

And the teens from Nebraska made their clothes entirely out of duct tape ! The pair made their prom outfits in a bid to win $ 10 , 000 scholarships from Duck Tape ’s 17th annual Stuck at Prom contest.

Details of Emily O'Gara and Ethan Weber's prom ensemble© courtesy of ShurTech Details of Emily O'Gara and Ethan Weber's prom ensemble

Her inspirations were both natural and architectural. “I love floral patterns and colorful flowers,” she says of the hemline design. The black-and-white hexagons on the bodice and skirt, meanwhile, reference a Marcel Breuer-designed building at the College of Saint Benedict and St. John’s University, which she now attends. “At St. John’s, the Abbey Church has … a hexagonal pattern that is quite similar to the pattern on my dress. So my dress was a combination of my love for flowers and a nod to my future.”

"A milestone in the evolution of the architecture of the Catholic Church in this country" Abbot Baldwin Dworschak, OSB

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O’Gara says she started honing her duct tape skills in elementary school, trying her hand at a duct tape purse and some wallets. She first heard of the Duck Tape contest, in fact, in a book about all the different things you can make out of the material. “I remember reading about it and saying to myself, I want to do that someday,” she says. “But I forgot about it and then saw a news story about the contest when I was in my junior year and it all came back to me.”

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Ducted Out : Teens Compete For Scholarship In Prom Attire Made From Duct Tape . The two made their outfits and accessories as a way to compete in the national Stuck at Prom contest sponsored by Duck Brand duct tape .

Two Lincoln teens , Ethan Weber and Emily O’Gara, won the National Stuck at Prom scholarship competition and a $ 10 , 000 scholarship each. The contestants had to create prom attire out of duct tape .

O’Gara spent four weeks last spring working on the dress with the help of her mother and sisters, then teamed up with Weber to create his suit and shoes, scrambling to complete them in time for prom.

a person standing posing for the camera: Emily O'Gara and Ethan Weber© courtesy of ShurTech Emily O'Gara and Ethan Weber

“It was 12 hours of constant and crazy work,” recalls O’Gara. “I don’t recommend that. It was insane, so you definitely want to plan your time.”

The work was well worth it, O’Gara says. Her scholarship completely covered tuition for her first semester (as well as a big chunk of her second semester’s tuition) at the College of St. Benedict, a private liberal arts women’s college in St. Joseph, Minn., where she is currently majoring in Hispanic Studies.

While O’Gara and Weber took home a pair of $10,000 scholarships last year as a winning couple, this year’s rules have changed. The two 2018 winners—one for a dress, the other for a tux—will both get $10,000 scholarships, but they don’t need to attend prom as a couple.

a person standing in front of a fence© courtesy of ShurTech If you want to enter the 2018 contest, submit a photo of your look before June 1 here: www.stuckatprom.com. Just know that, if you win, you’ll have to surrender your creation to the company, which shows them off at its headquarters and for other corporate events.

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