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Prom comes fashionably early

January 31, 2009|By MARIE GILBERT

View the South Hagerstown High Prom Fashions slideshow

HAGERSTOWN -- The air in the band room at South Hagerstown High School was fragrant with the scent of hair spray and perfume.

A table was covered with makeup and a sewing kit was on hand for last-minute emergencies.

Smoothing out their gowns and dresses, about a dozen young women eyed the clock.

Their escorts were about to arrive.

The prom season came fashionably early to South High Saturday afternoon.

All that was missing was the stretch limousine.

In anticipation of one of the biggest events in a high school student's life, South High hosted a sneak peek of the latest styles for this year's prom during an hour-long fashion show in the school's auditorium.

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The clothes were provided by Potomac Bridals, which co-sponsored the event with the South High PTA.

All of the fashions were modeled by students from area high schools, including members of South High's homecoming court.

According to Bob Harr, president of the South High PTA, this is the first year for the show. But it probably won't be the last.

"From what I understand, there's been a lot of excitement leading up to today," he said. "I think a lot of people would love to make this an annual event."

Harr said the idea originated with the owners of Potomac Bridals, who contacted South High about the possibility of joining forces to present a prom fashion show.

"After a lot of phone conversations and e-mails, we made it happen," he said.

"It's been a lot of fun for everybody involved," said Judy Wilson, co-owner of Potomac Bridals in downtown Hagerstown. "We've really enjoyed organizing this show, and I know the students and parents have enjoyed it, too."

Wilson said each student who modeled in Saturday's show had an opportunity to come into the shop and pick out the clothing they wanted to wear.

"That was so much fun," said Stephanie Jones, a senior at South High. "Trying on all those gowns -- I definitely enjoyed it."

Jones, 17, said she was planning on buying one of the gowns she modeled for the show.

"I already have a date," she said. "All I needed was the gown."

Wilson said the students selected styles from nine different designers, including Tony Bowls, who designs for the Miss America and Miss USA pageants.

The male students selected tuxedos from top designers, including Perry Ellis and Calvin Klein.

Wilson said this year's prom fashions are all about glitz and glamour.

The gowns modeled at Saturday's show featured sequins and crystals, satin and chiffon, strapless, backless and slit to the thigh.

"This is nothing like what I wore to the prom," said Cathy Wilson, the mother of one of the student models. "My gown was much more boring."

Proceeds from the prom fashion show benefited the PTA's scholarship fund at South High.

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