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!
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.