As the Juniors and Seniors begin their hunt for the perfect prom dress a twenty dollar dress isn’t what initially comes to mind. Contrary to popular belief, the dresses sold by “The Cinderella Dress Project” at Brien McMahon are fashionable and in excellent condition for the big night. On Thursday, March 31st students met in the CGS community room to browse for the perfect prom dress. The dress sale began 4th period and ended after school at 4 p.m.
When people first hear of the idea that prom dresses can be sold for just twenty dollars the adjectives that come to mind aren’t always so pleasant. They are thought to be cheap or out-dated but fortunately that is not the case for students attending the annual dress sale. Last year the project was started by student Julie Forsyth who had friends experience it at Stamford High, she thought it was a great idea and wanted to bring that to Brien McMahon.
Kat Curtin, mother of students Emma Curtin (‘17) and Julia Curtin (‘19), took over the dress sale for Julie this year. She believes the event gives girls a great option if they don’t want to spend a fortune on their prom dresses.
She explained, “It gives girls an opportunity, whether they can afford it or not, there are beautiful dresses for $20 and it’s great because all of the funds go to the principal for her ‘fairy godmother’ fund which also helps students who can’t afford certain things.”
The dresses come from various donors and are in perfect condition. Curtin explained that if dresses come to her in poor condition she doesn’t put them on display to be sold. “Many of them are brand new, stores like Winged Monkey donate them.” she said, “A lot of them came in with the tags still on them, and if not they were really only worn once. They’re all in perfect condition.”
Last year the event raised $1,800 and this year they were looking to break that record. The sale began 4th period and by the start of 5th period they had already sold about twenty-five dresses.
As for the girls purchasing the gowns, they had nothing but good things to say about the event. Bushra Farook (‘17), Kareen Garrison (‘17), and Jinx Dallas (‘17) all walked out of the CGS community room satisfied with stunning dresses to wear to prom.
Garrison (‘17) bought a dress here last year and she plans to keep coming back. Wearing her new prom dress she commented, “I think this gives you more diverse options. Last year I wasn’t even thinking of anything like this and I found a dress that I fell in love with and never would’ve thought of myself wearing.”
Girls are allowed to try on as many dresses as they want and have the support and opinions of their peers. “Having it here is actually better because you have the opinion of other girls that are going to your prom.” Dallas (‘17) explained, “I like hearing my friends opinions.”
Farook (‘17) loved the idea of a cheaper prom dress option she commented, “I mean you’re only looking for a dress to wear one night anyway and these dresses are pretty good quality.”
The feedback from students who attended was overwhelming positive and the money is donated to a great cause. If you didn’t check it out this year be sure to take a browse next year as it is safe to say that this is a tradition that will continue at McMahon for the years to come.
Check back for updates on how much money was raised.