Lincoln teens win scholarships for Duck Tape prom fashion

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- Emily O’Gara and Ethan Weber of Lincoln each earned $10,000 in scholarship dollars after taking first place in the 17th Annual Duck® Brand Stuck at Prom® Scholarship Contest.

Emily and Ethan drew in voters for the couples category with their elaborate floral and geometric design inspired by their prom theme, Enchanted Gardens.

The A-line dress, which was covered in a hexagon grid of black and white Duck Tape®, was enhanced by the contrast of a beautiful, colorful field of flowers sprouting from the hem of the floor-length gown. The classic tuxedo complemented the look complete with hexagon grid lapels, a gold vest and red bow tie. The entire ensemble took 20 rolls of Duck Tape® and 200 hours to make.

In the online bio for their submission it said, "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!"

Ashley Luke, category manager at ShurTech Brands, LLC, the company that markets the Duck® brand, said “The students entering the contest make a mark on us every year, and our judges always do a superb job selecting the finalists – which is no small task considering the high-caliber submissions we receive."

Luke added, “What makes the final round of voting so exciting is that we leave it up to the public to choose their favorites. Entrants are encouraged to promote their designs and rally a supportive fan base. From there, the votes just ‘roll’ in!"