Students suit up for prom with duct tape

Sunday, July 17, 2005

The Associated Press

FORREST CITY, Ark. -- It took 25 rolls of duct tape and more than four weeks of work, but two high school students earned $2,500 college scholarships after donning formal wear made from the adhesive to their prom.

Krystal Long and Casey Isringhouse, both 18, won the 2005 Stuck at Prom scholarship contest. The award goes to a couple who attends the prom dressed entirely in duct tape.

Long's dress, a two-piece design, was inspired by Pablo Picasso's "Girl Before a Mirror" painting. Isringhouse wore a tuxedo with similar patterns.

The couple said the outfits were extremely hot and heavy, but the crowd's reaction was worth the trouble.

"Everyone loved the outfits and couldn't believe they were actually made of duct tape," Long said.

The pair from Forrest City was selected as best dressed from more than 260 couples from 44 states and Canada. The contest was run by Duck brand tape.

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