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February 3, 2013

Duct-tape diva

Senior makes unique homecoming dress

— When Aubrey Clark puts her mind to something, she sticks with it. Or, sometimes, it sticks with her.

Take her duct-tape homecoming dress, for example.

She was the belle of the ball in her stylish off-the-shoulder short dress — which she conceived, designed and made herself, entirely with duct tape.

“I always wanted to make a duct-tape dress,” Aubrey said, adding she’s seen designs on the Internet. She vowed that if she got elected to the homecoming court, she’d make a dress.

She was an attendant during her junior year at North Vermillion High School near Cayuga, Ind. As a senior, she was a member of the court for the fall and winter homecoming dances.

Aubrey, who lives in Perrysville, Ind., is the daughter of Jeff Clark and Julie Clark.

Once she set her mind to it, she fashioned a dress for the winter homecoming in just a few hours.

First, she took a large T-shirt and lay strips of duct tape across it. She cut it to fit, and used toilet paper as a lining toward the bottom, where the T-shirt ended.

For the corset back, she used a knife to punch holes into the tape and then laced a drawstring through the holes to keep it together. She also used a zipper lining (without the zipper) to make it stronger.

For accents, she layered triangles of gold and silver duct tape across the front.

Her shoes also had duct-tape triangles to match, and she made her escort’s tie out of duct tape. Her escort was senior Riley Chew.

She used four rolls of tape, and the dress had three layers.

Her mother, Julie, was surprised when Aubrey said she was going to make her dress.

“I couldn’t believe it,” she said. “I always buy her a formal gown. But when she explained she wanted to do something creative, I was excited.”

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