Stuck At Prom is an annual scholarship contest sponsored by Duck Brand where contestants have to create either a prom dress or a tux using just duct tape.
It’s not just for fun, the contestants have a chance at winning $10,000 scholarship! This year the coronavirus pandemic has messed up prom plans of many students, but they still got over a hundred submissions and one of which has really caught everyone’s eye.
18-year-old Peyton Manker from Sparta, Illinois entered with a stunning, COVID-themed dress, including with a “Flatten the Curve” face mask and a virus-shaped handbag.
She told Bored Panda that initially, the dress was supposed to have been dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci, her favorite artist but, after the pandemic and prom got canceled, she had the idea to make it COVID-themed.
“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’s dress is full of little details and references to the events that took place during the lockdown, like online Zoom classes, masked essential workers, and online graduations. This incredible creation took the her nearly 400 hours (that’s 8 hours a day, 5 days a week for 10 weeks!) and over 40 rolls of tape to create it.
“The biggest challenge in crafting my dress was actually making the structure of the dress itself.
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!”
It sure did come together, Peyton. It belongs in a museum. We hope you win!
(Photos, Peyton Manker; via deMilked)