COVID-19 has changed many lives forever, and while (thankfully) not everyone has been impacted by the virus itself, most of us have had to cope with cancelled and changed plans. For many teens in high school, this has meant remote graduation ceremonies and, yes, the cancellation of prom.

Many students had been looking forward to the opportunity to dress up for a great night, but after the pandemic hit, some teens decided to make their glamorous outfits. In fact, Duck Brand (yes, the company that makes a bunch of fun kinds of duct tape) created a contest to see who could make the best prom dress (and tux) out of duct tape. The winner for each category gets $10,000, while the runner-up for both the dress and tux category receives $500. The contest itself isn’t new and has been going on for years now, but this year, it’s giving teens a creative outlet they may really need during all this craziness.

One entrant from Illinois decided to use her project to highlight the pandemic itself. Peyton Manker spent over 400 hours crafting a glamorous dress that also illustrates what life has been like since COVID-19 hit. Take a look:

Peyton’s mother, Suzy Smith Manker, shared the photos of the dress on Facebook and shared the pride she had for her daughter’s incredible work: “Whatever the outcome of the contest, I am so proud of her hard work and perseverance.”

The dress makes a stunning visual impact from the moment you look at it, but if you study the details, it’s even more impressive.

The panels on the gown show many of the different ways that different groups of people have been impacted by the virus, from actually getting sick to virtual graduations to wearing masks.

It wasn’t just the dress itself that was COVID-19-themed, either. Peyton also accessorized with a coronavirus duct tape bracelet…


… a coronavirus purse…

… a themed mask and necklace…

… and, of course, earrings.

She even added a glamorous duct tape hairpiece!

And of course, no outfit is complete without a great pair of shoes.

The result was a stunning combination of prom-worthy glamour and straight-up art that tells an important part of our world’s history.

A duct-tape bouquet completed the look.

Unsurprisingly, Peyton has been selected as one of the finalists for the contest! You can follow updates on her project here, and make sure you visit the Duck Brand website to vote on your favorites when voting opens up!

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