Mata and Espinal are featured on the Duck Tape contest website stuckatprom.com and votes will determine the ultimate winner of the contest. You may vote one time each day through July 6, 2016, on the website. The contest site features photos of each finalist in their Duck Tape prom attire along with a description of how they decided on their design, how many rolls of Duck Tape it took to create the outfits and how long they spent on the project. It took 65 rolls of tape and 172 hours of work to create the outfits for Mata and Espinal.
The Armuchee couple wanted to display a connection with their cultural background so they designed their tape clothing with a Spanish culture theme. The suit has a matador look and the dress is based on the Spanish flamenco. The two took their inspiration from the holiday Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead). The Mexican celebration honors those who have departed. According to their description on the contest website, the Day of the Dead theme is most evident in the skull image on the dress and the suit’s matador cape. The two also incorporated the symbolic marigold on the front of the dress and on the shoes.
On the contest website, the two wrote, “While the creation process posed a challenge, our ultimate goal to celebrate life, culture, and our pride for being unique was achieved.”