Teenager Creates Masterpiece Prom Dress Out Of 41 Rolls of Duct Tape
The creativity of an 18-year-old Peyton Manker from Illinois has been met with praise on social media after she single-handedly created a prom dress out of dozens of rolls of duct-tape.
Manker’s one-of-a-kind prom dress took her 400 hours of painstaking work but it is worth it as it has turned into an overnight internet sensations.
The 18-year-old didn’t realise the attention she would get when she entered this year’s Stuck at Prom contest in January.
The long-running competition challenges high-school graduates to make their own prom attire using as much Duck-brand duct tape as possible, for a chance to win a $10,000 scholarship.
Peyton had set out to create her prom dress around a Leonardo Da Vinci theme, but then the Covid-19 pandemic happened and she decided to build her dress around that instead.
“I decided to make the dress based on the pandemic because I knew no one in the competition was going to be able to re-create it,” Manker told Insider Magazine. “I knew I would stand out in that way and wanted to base it off of what was happening in the world.”
Due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, Peyton’s prom and her graduation were canceled this year.
It took Peyton exactly 395 hours and 41 rolls of Duck duct tape to make her prom dress.
Her mother Suzy shared photos of the dress in a Facebook post that has now been shared over 250,000 times. Since then, Peyton has been overwhelmed by praise and congratulatory messages from all over the world.
“I couldn’t believe how many started sharing my dress and telling me how amazing they thought it was,” Manker said. “I’m grateful to have so much support from people around the world.”
The stunning duct tape dress features coronavirus-related scenes, including front-line medical personnel wearing face masks, people running from a giant coronavirus, a virtual graduation, and even a man with a confused thought bubble above his head, which is supposed to represent everyone struggling with mental problems during difficult time.
“The entire dress is supposed to represent the pandemic in a positive light,” Peyton said. “I don’t want people to think about the dress as just trying to show a moment in history. It is a representation that we got through it.”
If Peyton wins the Stuck at Prom competition come July 21, she plans to invest the $10,000 scholarship in her college fund.