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A favorite adhesive now a favorite fashion

By Brian Druckenmiller

Coastal Carolina University and the community recently witnessed Iron Man halt a purse-snatcher, Queen Amidala make a surprise visit to Earth, and Dr. Frank N Ferter and company do the “Time Warp.” No, there wasn’t a film-festival on campus, but a rather unique fashion show.

On Friday, June 28, the courtyard in the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts was packed for the annual Duct Tape Fashion Show. Attendees of the Summer Arts Academy created outstanding outfits made entirely of duct tape. This year, the costumes depicted the students’ favorite movie characters.

Daniel Ennis, interim dean of the Edwards College, described CCU as an institution where “the arts clash” and where the “firing up of creative ideas” happens daily. The show certainly flaunted the young talents’ creativity, as 14 acts proved that duct tape is an exciting medium for art.

Students portrayed characters from “The Dictator,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Batman,” “Iron Man,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Mean Girls,” “Star Wars,” “Lilo and Stitch,” “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “Mulan,” “Austin Powers,” “The Seven Year Itch,” “Superman” and “Wonder Woman.”

“These young artists are showing us their artistic voice,” said Susan Slavik, associate professor of art and director of the Summer Arts Academy.

Slavik is planning to retire from CCU. She was honored after the show for her efforts with the Academy and CCU’s Department of Visual Arts Department.

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