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High schoolers use duct tape to keep down cost of prom
By Associated Press, 04/23/02
SOLDIERS GROVE, Wis. -- Although Shaelyn Benson and David Daniels didn't spend much money on their prom outfits, they still attracted plenty of attention.
The Wisconsin high school students crafted their Renaissance-style formals out of duct tape and say they only spent about $20 each.
The outfits were a hit at the North Crawford High School prom and at a pre-prom dinner Saturday.
"Everyone wanted pictures," Benson said. "I think I was the most photographed person there."
The couple hopes to win a Stuck at the Prom contest sponsored by Duck Brand Duct Tape. First prize includes a $2,500 scholarship for each winner, and another $2,500.
Benson said she created her dress over an old red prom dress that she cut apart and used as backing so her outfit would have some flexibility and movement.
For detail, she cut out designs on the bodice in maroon colored duct tape. She also sewed in a zipper so she could easily get in and out of the dress. For her flowers, she carried a long-stemmed rose, also made out of duct tape.
Daniels wore black with maroon trim.
"We spent about 20 hours on my costume," he said, admitting that his mother did much of the work.
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