Dressing Up for a Duct-Tape Prom

Alexandra Christos and Aaron Taylor went to senior prom in outfits made of duct tape. They're pursuing scholarship money offered by the Duck Tape brand. Christos talks about making a prom memory that is sure to stick with her.

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This year, high school senior Alexandra Christos went shopping for the perfect prom dress. She found it in the paint department at Wal-Mart. Alexandra and her prom date, Aaron Taylor, went to senior prom this year dressed in outfits made entirely from duct tape.

They're competing in a yearly contest called Stuck at Prom sponsored by the manufacturer of Duck Tape. It offers scholarship money to the best and most creative prom clothes and accessories made from that sticky stuff. Alexandra Christos joins us on the phone from Wake Forest-Roseville High School in Wake Forest, North Carolina.

Hello, Alexandra.

Ms. ALEXANDRA CHRISTOS (Student, Wake Forest Roseville High School): Hi.

YDSTIE: I've seen your outfit on the Web, and I have to tell you, I am stunned.

Ms. CHRISTOS: Yeah.

YDSTIE: Describe it for us.

Ms. CHRISTOS: Well, our theme was the Gothic Renaissance.

YDSTIE: Gothic Renaissance?

Ms. CHRISTOS: Yes. And our main colors are red, black and white, and my dress had a whole petticoat and corset underneath and…

YDSTIE: Made of duct tape?

Ms. CHRISTOS: Yes.

YDSTIE: Wow.

Ms. CHRISTOS: And then the red dress that went overtop of it was kind of like a big jug-headed(ph) coat that would lace up in the front. And then Aaron's outfit was a pair of knickers, a white flowing shirt and a huge red cape.

YDSTIE: Right. And he's got this laced collar on his shirt, and that's duct tape too.

Ms. CHRISTOS: Yes. He spent hours cutting that out and then it's covered with clear duct tape to make it more stable. And our shoes are duct taped. I have a purse, a wallet, my earrings. He has a top hat and I have a headpiece that's supposed to be kind of like jewels that jewels that drape around my head sort of thing.

YDSTIE: Tell us about the process of making these elaborate clothes out of duct tape.

Ms. CHRISTOS: Well, to make the fabric, we would lay down wax paper, then we would lay down the duct tape, sticky side down and kind of overlapped the edges, and then flipped it over and pull off the wax paper, and then go to the opposite direction, sticky side down again, with the other side of the duct tape. And then we would use patterns and we (unintelligible) on the patterned piece to cut it out, and then we stapled all the pattern pieces together.

YDSTIE: So you basically made duct tape fabric and then you used a pattern?

Ms. CHRISTOS: Yes, except patterns are made for fabric.

YDSTIE: Uh-huh.

Ms. CHRISTOS: So we had to make a lot of adoptions(ph).

YDSTIE: And how many rolls of duct tape did you use?

Ms. CHRISTOS: Eight-six.

YDSTIE: Eight-six rolls of duct tape.

Ms. CHRISTOS: Yeah.

YDSTIE: And how long did it take?

Ms. CHRISTOS: It took us a month, but we worked at least eight hours a day.

YDSTIE: Wow. Can you dance in these clothes?

Ms. CHRISTOS: No.

YDSTIE: You can't?

Ms. CHRISTOS: We swayed back and forth a little bit just as a joke, but we really didn't dance.

YDSTIE: Well, thanks a lot, Alexandra.

Ms. CHRISTOS: You're welcome.

YDSTIE: And good luck to you.

Ms. CHRISTOS: Okay, thank you.

YDSTIE: Alexandra Christos, who is competing along with her date, Aaron Taylor, in the seventh Annual Duck Tape's Stuck at the Prom contest. She joined us from Wake Forest-Roseville High in North Carolina.

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