It was an experience to remember for some high school students Saturday afternoon as they had a chance to try on and pick out their prom dresses.
The Glass Slipper Organization, New Glasgow chapter, held its first dress event of 2020 this past Saturday, opening up the doors of the community room in the New Glasgow Library as a dress shop for those looking for a formal dress.
Just an hour into the event, the organizers had already seen 17 people come through the library doors looking for dresses.
“We already gave away more this year,” said Brandi MacCuish, one of the three MacCuish sisters who are the main organizers of the group.
The room had an explosion of colour lining the racks with a dress in every colour of the rainbow and in every fit or size. MacCuish added that the event is something exciting for girls to come in and browse the dresses and find one that suits them.
“They’re really excited; they try on one of every colour,” MacCuish smiled. “You can hear them calling for their mom in the dressing room.”
For those who don’t want to acquire a dress but instead are hoping to donate a formal dress to the organization, the New Glasgow Library is a drop-off point for the garments. The Glass Slipper Organization, which provides dresses for free to those who might not have the money to buy a new and expensive dress for a one-night event, collects the dresses and for now, stores them in Halifax with the Halifax branch of the organization until they need them for a dress shopping event. Those who cannot drop off dresses can also message the organization’s Facebook page and take advantage of the pick-up service as well.
MacCuish mentioned that organizers are hoping to be able to hold a dress event in March or April as well for those last-minute shoppers. They are hoping to also host a prom day event such as they did last year in which they help students with hair and makeup to help reduce the cost associated with those services as well as creating a fun place for students to get ready together before the prom starts.
As well as hair stylists or makeup artists for the day of prom, organizers are also looking for a free or discounted local storage unit so they will not have to move dresses back and forth from Halifax.
Organizers of the Glass Slipper Organization look through dresses that were available during Saturday’s event. (Brimicombe photo)