Perrysburg siblings finalists in national duct tape prom contestWritten by Sarah Ottney | Editor in Chief | firstname.lastname@example.org
A pair of Perrysburg siblings are finalists in a national contest featuring prom outfits made of duct tape.
Nathanial and Kathryn Dobbs used 40 rolls of duct tape and spent 93 hours making their “Earth, Fire, Water and Air” themed outfits, which they entered in the Stuck at Prom scholarship contest by Duck brand duct tape.
Nathanial’s suit represents Water and Wind while Kathryn’s dress represents Earth and Fire.
“She hand-cut over 300 blades of grass, leaves, flames and flowers, and also made these really cool duck tape ‘vines’ for her waist and hair,” Nathanial explained on the contest’s website. “If you look at the top of her dress you can see she matched the pattern on the flowered tape and that the leaves cover the back and front of her shoulder. She also used tape to create the texture of earth on her skirt and made her corsage.
“I cut about 500 scales, swirls (to represent wind) and feathers which I used on my vest and coat. I created a duck tape tail coat and on one side of the back have a fin and the other more feathers. My pants had swirls along the cuffs and the tuxedo strip up the side. I also made a cummerbund, bow tie and boutonniere.”
The teens’ mom, Liz Cope, said what sets their outfits apart from most of the other finalists is they “don’t match, but they flow.”
“They made a conscious decision not to wear identical outfits, but to decide on a theme and then each create their own identity within that theme,” Cope wrote in an email to Toledo Free Press. “Their personalities are absolutely reflected in their individual costumes. Katie’s dress evolves from the fiery core of the earth to the nurturing soil to the grasses, leaves and flowers. It is organized and structured, purposeful yet lighthearted, bohemian and fun. That’s exactly who she is. Nate’s is whimsical. It’s a daydream but full of intricate details and ideas. There is so much going on in his outfit — feathers, scales, swirls, fins — that it takes a minute to grasp everything he did. And that is exactly Nate.”
A panel of judges selected by Duck brand chose the 10 finalists based on workmanship, originality, use of color, accessories and use of duct tape.
The winning couple, determined by online voting, will be awarded $10,000 each as well as $5,000 for their school.
Cope said she hopes people support the siblings by voting.
“There is tough competition for the top prize. All the outfits took so much time and work,” Cope said. “But for me, if the community voted Katie and Nate the winners, I would feel so blessed and honored that people saw the uniqueness of their creations. That would be absolutely fantastic.”
Voting started June 10 and runs through July 8. People can vote once a day at http://www.duckbrand.com/promotions/stuck-at-prom/finalist_voting.