200 hours and 42 rolls of Duck Tape… Now student"s sticky prom gown looks set to win her a $5,000 scholarship


200 hours and 42 rolls of Duck Tape… Now student's sticky prom gown looks set to win her a $5,000 scholarship

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22:51 GMT, 25 June 2012

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UPDATED:

22:51 GMT, 25 June 2012

A Kansas teen has earned a spot as a finalist in a national design competition with a prom dress made entirely from duct tape.

Brooke Wallace, 17, of Solomon, spent more than 200 hours fashioning a western-style prom dress for herself and a suit for her date from 42 rolls of duct tape.

Wallace told The Salina Journal the effort wasn't just for kicks: She and her date, Mark Aylward, could each win $5,000 scholarships and their school could get $5,000 too.

Handy pair: Solomon High School student Brooke Wallace, right, and her prom date Mark Aylward in clothes she made out of duct-tape for a national contest

Handy pair: Solomon High School student Brooke Wallace, right, and her prom date Mark Aylward in clothes she made out of duct-tape for a national contest

The couple was recently named one of 10 finalists in a design contest sponsored by duct tape maker Duck Tape.

The competition required couples to make and wear outfits made from duct tape to their spring proms and post pictures on a website. The winners will be chosen through online voting that runs through July 11.

Wallace said she went with a rodeo theme for their outfits because 'we both live in the country, so it fit our style.'

For her dress, made a slip out of light cotton material and then sewed sections of duct tape onto the fabric.

The couple was recently named one of 10 finalists in a design contest sponsored by duct tape maker Duck Tape.

Details: The couple was recently named one of 10 finalists in a design contest sponsored by duct tape maker Duck Tape

Yeehaw: Miss Wallace explained the motivation behind the cowboy theme was the couple's rural background

Yeehaw: Miss Wallace explained the motivation behind the cowboy theme was the couple's rural background

The torso of Wallace's dress and
Aylward's cowboy vest were made from 1,500 to 1,800 hand-folded
triangles of tape, she said. Ruffles on her skirt and trim on his vest
were 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, who will start her senior year at Solomon High School in the
fall.

Brooke Wallace's amazing dress of duct tape

Mark Aylward

Accessorise! Miss Wallace also created a purse and earrings for herself and a bolo tie, lariat, gun and holster for Aylward, all from duct tape

She also created
accessories to go with the outfits, including a purse and earrings for
herself and a bolo tie, lariat, gun and holster for Aylward, all from
duct tape.

Star attraction: The Duck Duct Tape with which contestants had to make their dresses and suits

Star attraction: The Duck Duct Tape with which contestants had to make their dresses and suits

Wallace said there is one significant
difference between her dress and her date's suit. While both were made
with duct tape, her dress was sewn entirely from tape. It can be worn
short or long because it has a detachable skirt.

To
make Aylward's suit, she took ready-made pants, a vest, a coat, boots
and a cowboy hat and covered them in duct tape. The only thing not taped
was his shirt.

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,' he said.

The
duct tape dress wasn't Wallace's first foray into unusual design. She
won a blue ribbon at the Tri-Rivers Fair last summer with a dress made
from 60 Mountain Dew cans and nearly 600 pull tabs.

But for her senior prom next spring, she said, she'll probably do something 'more normal.'

Musical number: Yvonne and Kevin are also finalists in the Duck Tape contest

Musical number: Yvonne and Kevin are also finalists in the Duck Tape contest

Peacock blue: Nasia and Caine make it into the final ten with their blue and white take on the prom dress and suit

Peacock blue: Nasia and Caine make it into the final ten with their blue and white take on the prom dress and suit

Flamenco! Rebecca and Jay Travis go for a striking black and white Spanish-inspired look for their entry

Flamenco! Rebecca and Jay Travis go for a striking black and white Spanish-inspired look for their entry

Here comes the bride Sheridan and Ashton look positively bridal in their muted grey duct tape outfits with blooming white floral accents

Here comes the bride Sheridan and Ashton look positively bridal in their muted grey duct tape outfits with blooming white floral accents

Dreadlocked rasta: Cole and Gabrielle look festival-ready in their outfits of gold, yellow, green and red

Dreadlocked rasta: Cole and Gabrielle look festival-ready in their outfits of gold, yellow, green and red

Punk rock chic: Lara and Cole make it into the top ten finalist list with their black and purple raging ensembles

Punk rock chic: Lara and Cole make it into the top ten finalist list with their black and purple raging ensembles

Oh so pretty: Helen and Brad are a vision of summer fun in yellows, pinks and reds but is the sun hat the regulation Duck Tape

Oh so pretty: Helen and Brad are a vision of summer fun in yellows, pinks and reds but is the sun hat the regulation Duck Tape

Futuristic: Kelvin and Kailie look forward for their brightly coloured prom ensembles that won them a place in the top ten

Futuristic: Kelvin and Kailie look forward for their brightly coloured prom ensembles that won them a place in the top ten

Retro: Alexa and Justin go for Sixties-inspired palette with bright pink, purple and orange flowers and zig-zags

Retro: Alexa and Justin go for Sixties-inspired palette with bright pink, purple and orange flowers and zig-zags