Duct tape - generally silver or black in colour, fabric-backed, waterproof and extremely sticky.
Commonly used to repair military and motorsports equipment and... prom dresses?
An American duct tape manufacturer Duck Products annually sponsors a competition Stuck At Prom that offers scholarship cash prizes to the couple that create the most stylish prom outfits with the brand's duct tape. The first prize is US$5,000 (S$6,389) for each person and their school.
Before you dismiss the idea, this is the 12th scholarship contest and high school teenagers keep coming up with stunning designs year after year. From hand-cut lace cutouts to peacock "feathers", contestants have put in a lot of effort, creativity and duct tape into their outfits.
The contestants wore their outfits to their school's prom - yes, it didn't fall off - and received lots of attention from impressed school mates and teachers. Some of the finalists said their principals wanted to take a photo with them.
Cole Sudduth, one of the ten finalists who took part with his best friend Lara Ford, said they spent about 127 hours over nine months to create their matching purple and black vintage romance-inspired outfits, reported East Valley Tribune, a newspaper in Arizona.
They covered a dress and suit with duct tape, but a lot of detailing went into the lace designs. Recent graduate of Ridge High School in Mesa, Arizona, Lara said that the lace pattern had seven different components, and majority of the time was spent cutting the lace.
Another finalist Brooke Wallace from Solomon High School in Solomon, Kansas spent more than 200 hours designing matching western-style outfits for both her and her date Mark Aylward. About 1,800 hand-folded duct tape triangles were used for both outfits, she told Salina Journal, a newspaper in Kansas.
Brooke made a slip and sewed duct tape onto the fabric for her dress. Mark's suit, cowboy hat and boots were taped over with duct tape, the only piece not tapped was his black shirt. Brooke's dress has a zipper and laces in the back, with a detachable skirt train. She also created accessories for the outfits including a purse, tie and gun.
Another interesting design came from finalists Nasia Thibodeaux and Caine Latiolais who are recent graduates of St Martinville Senior High in St Martinville, Louisiana. Nasia told The Advertiser, a newspaper in Louisiana, that she covered a tablecloth with duct tape for the top of her dress and added a hoop skirt for the base. The two spent 92 hours, 62 rolls of duct tape for their outfit. They also created more than 70 duct tape feathers for their peacock train.
The competition is open to residents of the United States and Canada, who attend a school-sanctioned prom in 2012. The winners are chosen via online votes, and the results will be revealed on July 12.
Click on thumbnails to view the finalists outfits and other submissions.