Two Centre Hastings Secondary School students are finalists in the Stuck at Prom  competition. Helen Loghrin and Brad Lott are the only Canadian finalists in this unique North American contest. Vote for them now!
Stuck at Prom contestants create prom attire using duct tape. About 275 entries from Canada and the United States were narrowed down to 10 finalists, with Loghrin and Lott among them.
Together, Loghrin and Lott created a flaming summer version of ballroom attire.
Loghrin’s dress is constructed entirely out of duct tape, three wire hoops for volume and recycled motor wire in the lilies. The lilies were time-consuming to create, as each petal was made individually and no two petals are identical. Each flower consists of six petals and two stamens. The dress is held up by a corset style back with orange tie-dyed strings. The shoes and hat were decorated in matching fashion to the suit. The hat is also enforced with high tensile wire to hold its shape.
Lott’s suit consists of a black undershirt, yellow bow tie, yellow vest with multiple coloured flames, a suit jacket outlined in black, accented with flames on the top pocket and lower back of the jacket, shoes and pants, both accented with the flame work.
Contest rules stipulate basic construction methods: 48 roles of duct tape and 165 hours of time. Once the clothing is made, competitors upload photos to the Stuck at Prom website. The top 10 were announced on June 18, 2012 and are now featured online.
Voting is open until Wednesday, July 11, 2012. The winning couple will receive $5,000 and their school will also receive $5,000.
According to Loghrin, she was inspired by a former CHSS student.
"I was actually inspired by a past Centre Hastings artist named Tess Reid. A few years ago, Tess made a wire sculpture of a group of lilies. I have followed this idea in collaboration with this project to create the dress attached. I hope to someday become a large scale environmental architect. This project is just one example of my many three dimensional works. It was a great opportunity to put my creative skills to work. I had tons of fun, and I hope to continue on in the art field for the remainder of my life," remarked Loghrin.
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