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Alice in Wonderland-inspired costumes by Virginia Walker.
Alice in Wonderland-inspired costumes by Virginia Walker.

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Theses: Boxes no longer required

Laura Mewborn, who coordinates senior thesis projects for the Honors College, said more students are choosing non-traditional projects.

"Senior theses tend to be research papers, but we're seeing more projects like Virginia's," Mewborn says. "Some students don't want to do another project within their major, and we've been encouraging them to think outside of the box."
Making duct tape costumes is definitely outside of the box, says Lisa Martin-Stuart, a theatre professor who specializes in costume design and served as Walker's faculty advisor for the project.

"Virginia manipulated the material so well, doing pleats and ruffles and other details," Martin-Stuart says. "What I learned from her was how you can manipulate the duct tape so many ways. And I never knew there were so many different colors."

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About Walker's Alice in Wonderland costumes

  • she estimates that the six costumes required about 125 hours to complete, a testament to her patience and that of her models
  • duct tape colors used were purple, black, blue, silver, red, green, yellow, white, teal, chrome, and two different types of plaid
  • Walker gave the costumes to her friends who served as models; no one else could wear the form-fitting outfits
  • Walker was the model for the Cheshire Cat costume, which is on display on the first floor of Harper College, home of the Honors College administrative offices.

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