During prom season, the makers of Duck Tape brand duct tape host their annual Stuck At Prom scholarship competition for high school students.
Up for grabs are 20 scholarship prizes, including a $10,000 grand prize. To participate, students must fashion a prom dress and tuxedo completely out of Duck brand tape.
Seniors Danielle Woo and Brenner Wakayama are taking up this challenge and have so far spent about 50 hours and 30 rolls of tape—costing about $100—since February designing and building Woo’s dress. “All in all,” Woo says, “the process was a lot of experimentation, [and] a good way to expand on our creative outlets.”
Illustrations by Danielle Woo. Photographs by Danielle Woo and Brenner Wakayama.
Building the Bodice
Using a fabric dress (see red dress below) as the base to form the duct tape dress, Woo and Wakayama began by building the bodice—the strapless section above the waist—with small triangle pieces of white duct tape.
Making a Two-layer Skirt
The dress features a two-layer skirt—a shorter white layer on the outside and a longer blue layer on the inside.
Using yellow, pink and teal color tapes, a gradient pattern is added to the blue skirt layer. Blue tape is used to create a diagonal grid pattern for the white skirt layer.
Making a Corset
The bodice of the dress is in the form of a corset, which is secured at the back with a string that is also made with duct tape.
Creating Flowers for the Bodice
Eight flowers, secured to the bodice, form the centerpiece of the front of the dress.