What you need to know this instant.

FOR:
style

Duct Tape Dresses: A Gallery of The Prom Trend Sweeping North America

The most memorable part of prom is—and will always be—the outfits. Dressing formally is a novelty in high school and most teenagers go all out for the occasion. For some, this means paying hundreds for a princess dress or tux. To others, thanks to Duck Tape® Brand's "Stuck at Prom" contest, it's a chance to make a masterpiece.

This coming spring marks the adhesive company's 12th annual scholarship competition. Over a dozen years, they've been giving talented teens cash awards for making duct tape ensembles and wearing them to prom. (Each first prize winner gets $5,000; runners-up receive between $3,000 and $500.)  The contenders are judged on five criteria—workmanship, originality, use of color, accessories and use of duct tape. Then, the finalists are placed in an online gallery where the general public votes for their favorite couple.

Past victors have crafted expertly tailored pieces that—beyond a telltale latex-y sheen—are hard to discern from actual fabric. Many of of them drape beautifully and are adorned with intricate, imaginative patterns. Despite the overabundance of corset tops and flamboyant props (it is prom after all), we seriously think some of these kids might be Lincoln Center-bound.

Click through the slideshow below to see some of our favorite looks and visit Duckbrand.com to learn how you (or the teen in your life) can enter this year.

file

If it actually rains, these outfits are totally water resistant.

Images Courtesy of Duck Tape® Brand

file

Matching henna: now that's dedication.

file

Perhaps they are fans of the New York Knicks?

file

So the dress might be a one time deal, but that cute ruffled bag has definite wardrobe potential.

file

When in doubt, spangly stars are always a crowd-pleaser.

file

Niiice photo, guys. Very Vogue Italia-goes-to-the-school-dance.

file

They can afterparty at the rodeo!

file

Looks like this artsy couple got inspired by Salvador Dali and Jackson Pollock.

file

These look eerily normal, like they're made from satin and silk. But they aren't, which sort of blows our minds.

file

Those furry trims are so Prada Fall 2011, they just needs some badass yellow-tinted goggles.

file

Why do a tuxedo stripe when you can have a beanstalk on the side of your pants?

Keep up with the Lucky team on Twitter:

FILED UNDER
style
KEYWORDS
style