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Teen Spent 400 Hours Making A COVID-Themed Prom Dress Using 750 Meters Of Colored Duct Tape For A Duck Brand Scholarship Contest
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Teen Spent 400 Hours Making A COVID-Themed Prom Dress Using 750 Meters Of Colored Duct Tape For A Duck Brand Scholarship Contest

There’s an age-old joke among engineers, builders, crafters, and many other professions that if it doesn’t wobble but it should, use WD-40, and if it wobbles but it shouldn’t, use duct tape. At this point, both WD-40 and duct tape have become so universal and so iconic that it shouldn’t come as a surprise that these have many more uses than one would expect.

So, apparently, you can make a dress using duct tape. Or any other bit of clothing, in fact, there’s even a scholarship contest named Stuck At Prom that’s hosted by Duck Brand, an American duct tape, package supplies, and home products company.

The idea is to make a dress or tuxedo using Duck Brand’s duct tape and to wear it for prom for a chance to win a $10,000 scholarship. Over 110 contestants have already entered, but there’s one who stood out the most and has been making headlines recently.

You can do a lot of things with duct tape, but a prom dress has never really occurred to many of us

Image credits: Peyton Manker

Peyton Manker, with whom Bored Panda got in touch for an interview, is an 18-year-old senior student from Sparta, Illinois who decided to try her luck and entered the contest. Now, she enjoys drawing, reading, and hiking in her free time, but sewing and designing clothing is something new to her.

At first, she thought she’d be crafting a dress dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci, a favorite of hers. However, the pandemic struck and the prom and graduation festivities were canceled. So, it was time for plan B. She decided to make a COVID-19 themed dress. She had a hunch nobody else would, and it would be one that definitely stands out from the rest. So, she got cracking on the design.

If you saw me crafting my dress, you’d usually see me sitting on the floor in athletic shorts, an old t-shirt and a very messy ponytail hunched over a cutting board and trying to cut tiny pieces of tape with a very tiny knife,” Peyton jokingly explained a typical day of crafting the dress.

Image credits: Peyton Manker

Peyton Manker, a senior student from Illinois, decided to take part in Duck Brand’s competition to create a prom dress (or a tuxedo) out of duct tape

Image credits: Peyton Manker

So, the COVID-themed duct tape prom dress features a number of details that reference all the things that happened during the lockdown. This includes imagery of zoom classes and online graduations, people in masks and those sneezing, people running away from the coronavirus, a call to flatten the curve, and also an image honoring essential and front-line workers.

Besides the predominantly blue and gold gown, Peyton also crafted a duct tape mask, a coronavirus shaped purse, and a number of smaller accessories like a hair clip and a wristband, all adorned with viral imagery.

Turns out, the dress took her nearly 400 hours to make, using up 41 rolls of duct tape. This translates to 16.6 straight days of designing and crafting and roughly 820 yards (or 750 meters) of duct tape. We’ve estimated the cost of the dress (duct tape-wise) varied between $150 and $245, depending on where you buy.

Image credits: Peyton Manker

Image credits: Peyton Manker

Manker also explained some of the images on her dress, saying that the virtual graduation was a tribute to her classmates and other seniors who did not have the privilege to attend a normal graduation. The image of essential workers is a tribute to those working on the front lines. The image of people running away from the virus signifies the world trying to escape it.

“The biggest challenge in crafting my dress was actually making the structure of the dress itself,” explained Peyton. “Like I mentioned before, I have never sewed or designed a piece of clothing, so, of course, I had no idea what I was doing! I went through a lot of trial and error making sure the dress fit, etc., but it finally came together!”

And the challenges didn’t really stop there. Despite how awesome it looks, the dress requires a certain degree of sacrifice when wearing it. Besides it being relatively heavy and stiff due to the weight and the different fabric of the tape, it is also extremely hot. Whilst Peyton was taking photos, she was constantly sweating and it was killing her ankles.

The competition promises a $10,000 scholarship to the first prize winner and various prizes for runners up

Image credits: Peyton Manker

 

Image credits: Peyton Manker

Image credits: Peyton Manker

Nearly 400 hours and 41 rolls of duct tape later, Peyton came out with an impressive COVID-themed dress

Image credits: Peyton Manker

Peyton wanted the dress to represent the pandemic in a positive light: not as a piece of history, but rather as a representation that humanity got through it.

It wasn’t long until the dress went viral on the internet. Suzy, Peyton’s mother, shared some pictures of the dress on her Facebook, which reached people beyond just friends and family. The post garnered over 148,000 reactions with 50,000 comments and over 250,000 shares.

“I was extremely surprised to see my dress go viral. I didn’t know how to feel, it was surreal,” Peyton explained her reaciton. “I only expected my hometown to see my dress and that was it. But then I began receiving messages from people all over the world! It was an insane feeling that I can’t describe!”

Image credits: Peyton Manker

Image credits: Peyton Manker

The dress as well as its accessories feature COVID-related imagery like masks, the virus, essential workers, and zoom graduations, to name a few

Image credits: Peyton Manker

Lastly, we’ve asked Peyton if she’s planning on making other dresses or whether her dress going viral is an indication for her to start making a career out of it. She had this to say:

“I haven’t planned on making any other dresses, but we’ll see what the future holds! I am not sure if this is a calling for me to design dresses or craft but, I have always loved art, so I believe it may be in my future!”

Image credits: Peyton Manker

Image credits: Peyton Manker

Her mom shared photos on Facebook and they went viral with over 148k reactions and 250k shares

Image credits: Peyton Manker

The community will be able to vote on the duct tape dresses and tuxedos between June 29th and July 10th with the final winners being announced on July 21st. There’s even a Facebook page dedicated to Peyton’s prom dress with over 16,000 followers, which you can support as well.

Update: We were also informed after the release of this article that Peyton has been selected as a finalist in the competition, so a huge congratulations to Peyton! Be sure to cast your vote on the Stuck At Prom Website until June 10th. According to Peyton, people can vote with every 24 hours, so what are you waiting for?

You can also check out some of the process of making the dress on Peyton’s Instagram page.

Image credits: Peyton Manker

What do you think about this dress? Why not also tell us what are some of the more unorthodox things you’ve done with duct tape in the comments section below!

Here’s how people on the internet reacted to the dress

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Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
Community Member
2 years ago

I am blown away by the level of detail and dedication that went it making this stunning piece of artwork. What a beautiful and truly unique statement piece.

G13
Community Member
2 years ago

That is impressive!

Catlady6000
Community Member
2 years ago

I've been following the Duct Tape Prom challenge for a couple decades, and while I have seen some truly amazing work, this one is definitely the best.

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Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
Community Member
2 years ago

I am blown away by the level of detail and dedication that went it making this stunning piece of artwork. What a beautiful and truly unique statement piece.

G13
Community Member
2 years ago

That is impressive!

Catlady6000
Community Member
2 years ago

I've been following the Duct Tape Prom challenge for a couple decades, and while I have seen some truly amazing work, this one is definitely the best.

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