May 17, 2013

Stuck at Prom® 2013

It’s the stuff of urban legend. 

Who would believe that fashioning a prom dress entirely from duct tape could earn college-bound high school students up to $5000 in scholarship money? But it’s true and there’s still time to enter.

Thirteen years ago, Duck Tape® brand duct tape launched the Stuck at Prom® Scholarship Contest open to high school students in the US and Canada (including DC but excluding Colorado, Maryland, Vermont and Puerto Rico) who are creative enough to assemble and accessorize prom wear that is unique, beautiful, and made entirely out of duct tape.

And if you don’t think it’s possible, check out a recent episode of “Project Runway,” which featured a group of prospective fashion designers working in teams of two to design and create one-of-a-kind prom dresses made primarily out of duct tape. 

But most importantly for duct tape designers, the duct tape product line has expanded from the more traditional silver to a rainbow of 20 colors and patterns including aqua, camouflage, florescent colors, and tie-dyes. There’s even a line of college Duck Tape for real go-getters wanting to show a little school spirit or demonstrate some serious interest.

The Stuck at Prom® entry period starts March 11 and ends June 10, 2013.  Entry forms may be found on the Duck Brand® website, where you will be asked to upload photos and answer a few questions (be sure to keep track of how many rolls of tape you use).

A panel of judges will then choose 10 finalist couples based on workmanship, originality, use of colors, accessories and use of Duck Tape®. Those couples will be narrowed down to grand prize ($5000 to each individual of the winning couple as well as the school that sponsored the prom), second and third place winners during a public online voting period on, which will open on June 13, 2013, and end on July 8, 2013. 

Winners will be announced on or about July 11, 2013, and will include “Honorable Mention” awards for best purse, corsage, shoes, tie, jewelry, and prop.  In all, 16 scholarships will be awarded ranging from $500 to $5000.

For more information including some bizarre design tips, visit the contest website. Note that these outfits take hours to complete and more importantly, duct tape as a fabric doesn’t breathe well.

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