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Sticky style: Nashua teens wear duct tape to prom

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NASHUA (KWWL) -- When you think of duct tape, you might think about patching a tent, or even repairing a broken headlight. You generally don't think of prom.

"Like, everyone you talk to and you tell them, I made a duct tape dress, they're like? And they look at you like you're crazy!" noted Hayley Jacobs, a junior at Nashua-Plainfield High School.

Believe it or not, Jacobs and her boyfriend Brandon Karnatz are wearing duct tape to prom. But frankly, the design is better than many dresses you'll see in the store.

"It's based on a Japanese wedding dress actually," said Jacobs.

The idea started a year ago, and turned into a massive undertaking.

"Never again!" laughed Karnatz. "It was a lot of work building these things!"

There are the rolls, and rolls, of duct tape, and more than 100 hours of labor. But what really makes this couple's get-up stand out, is their creativity -- whether they admit it or not.

"I'm not creative at all!" Jacobs laughed.

Jacobs credits their friend Justin Beatty with all the elaborate details. Keeping in mind -- his background is more geared toward the garage.

"Brandon knew I drew a lot, and had done some previous work, cause he's seen my motorcycle," Beatty noted.

There are still a few pieces to complete, including a parasol and tiara for Jacobs. They're hoping to win the national "Stuck at Prom" contest, sponsored by Duck Brand Duct Tape, and take home a $5,000 scholarship.

Of course, they've already met their biggest goal -- creating a dress and tuxedo they'll never forget.

"It'd be a lot easier to just go buy a dress. But it's not as personal, or as awesome!" Jacobs added.

If Jacobs and Karnatz do win the top prize, the school will also receive $5,000. Either way, you can bet the students at NPHS will never look at duct tape the same way again.

Online Reporter Colleen O'Shaughnessy

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