The inspiration for this dress came from a bit of fashion history! I love the figure flattering shapes of the 50s and 60s, but with the glamour and drama of the 1920s. Additionally, I was inspired to create the weaving pattern from my heritage. I am a Guatemalan-American, and weaving is a big part of the textile industry in Guatemala. I've always wanted to try the technique, so I thought "What better time to incorporate it than into my prom dress?"
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!
Emily has known since the age of ten that she was going to make her Prom Dress out of Duck Tape®. This year's Prom theme provided the perfect opportunity, which was Enchanted Gardens. We created a beautiful dress that balanced a strong geometric pattern with a colorful, painterly, field of flowers. The geometric pattern was created using 1/8th of an inch strips of black tape to create a hexagon grid, with a solid black center. The dress, pants, lapel, purse, and shoes were united with the hexagons. A variety of solid colored tape was used to "paint" the flowers. We created a woven texture in the vest to provide visual interest and balance the strong lines of the jacket. A hexagon purse was an absolute must! We built it out of foam core and decorated it to match. While the outfits took a lot of time, we are glad that we stuck with the idea! It was a great reward to receive so many compliments at Prom! We hope you enjoy the look! Thank you for the votes!
After using Duck tape to decorate Jenna’s crutches and make a shoe for Noah’s art class, the idea of making Duck tape look like actual prom attire was a fun challenge. From the very beginning, we both shared the same inspiration and vision for the ensemble. The theme for our prom was Paris, which is fashion-forward, bold, and elegant. This is reflected in Jenna’s mermaid style dress with cascading ruffles, modernized lace, and the classy clear back design. It is also reflected in the bold choice of glitter pink for Noah’s suit collar, tux stripe, and the two-toned vest with inverted lace. We chose the youthful color scheme and implemented glitter Duck tape into the design to modernize the lace’s classic style and give the outfits our own personal flair. We accomplished our overall goal, as many people could not even tell that our outfits were made out of Duck tape! This scholarship opportunity was a unique experience for us both and we hope you enjoy it. Thank you for your votes!
The inspiration for these outfits was originally nature and flowers - however, as the design came into existence it became more of a "Willy Wonka meets Todd Oldham 80's/early 90's" vibe, as my uncle Daryl described it. Using only solid colored duct tape made it possible to create original patterns: the dress, pants, and vest have a striped gradient that is also included in the pinstripes on the jacket. The tuxedo stripes are repeated on the side of the dress and pants, the back of the heels, and on the lapels of the jacket. Some other details to enjoy: the green detail on the neckline of the dress is small rolls of duct tape patched together with (you guessed it) more duct tape! The corsage is metal wire with feathers and flowers attached. The bow tie is a real, tie-able tie! The open-back detail is four separate layers double-sided and cutout. To make a seamless design, the dress is taped shut above and below the open back. Thanks for voting and we hope you like it!
At first, we did not realize how difficult it was to work with duct tape, but that did not stop us from creating our masterpiece. Everything is entirely made from duct tape; the earrings, shoes, corsage, bow tie, EVERYTHING. The suit consists of a jacket, vest, and pants. I could not decide on whether or not to make a short or long dress, so I had the best of both worlds with the detachable skirt. Our inspiration came from figure skating and antique skeleton keys. The swirls figure skaters make are portrayed by the curling of the skirt and earrings with a little wire and the design on the heel of the shoe. We captured the intricate designs on antique skeleton keys with the cut-by-hand designs on the dress, vest, and shoes. The color choice is a representation of a deceased family member. Black is for the dark emotions felt, blue is representation of the sky, and gold is representation of Heaven. Overall, this process was extremely overwhelming and time consuming, but great experience.
We were inspired to do something that would stand out, so we went with a Victorian/Modern Day combination with a full, flowing skirt and a wrapped red bustle while working in the multi-colored slit. The suit jacket sports a gentlemanly tail complimented by matching cane, top hat, and pipe accessories. The entire ensemble is tied together with a recurring vine-and-flower pattern in different colors to give it vibrance and life. This completely duct tape outfit could grace the halls of a 19th century ball or a 21st century red carpet.
We were inspired by vintage romance meets red carpet fashion. The lace pattern has seven different flower and scroll designs to make it look like actual fabric.