Offbeat Would you let your daughter wear this to prom?

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January 24, 2005 -- PROM princess or porn queen?


This prom dress is so skimpy, even the designer's CEO wouldn't let his teenage daughter wear it. But the dangerously revealing gown, prominently advertised in Seventeen Prom, YM Prom and Teen Prom, and on sale in a Midtown shop, is a top seller for the company this season.

"I was shocked when I first saw it, but now it's one of our top 20 dresses nationwide," says Nick Yeh, the CEO of Xcite, the Stafford, Texas, company that designed the dress and some 200 other styles this season.

"I have a 15-year-old daughter and, no, I would not recommend she wear this dress.

"As a businessman," he adds, "I'm not judging what a teenager should wear or not wear. It's up to the parents to decide for their own children."

In fact, some shops in smaller cities require girls to bring in parental permission slips to buy the dress, Yeh told The Post.

At Elite Designs, a formal shop in Midtown that has the barely-there gown on a mannequin, owner Surinder Nagpal says, "We've gotten a few calls about that dress. Originally, I wasn't going to stock [it], but my sales associate told me that girls would want it, so we're stocking it in black and red."

So far, says Helen Rodriguez, Nagpal's sales associate, no one has bought the $495 gown - but it just arrived.

"Our biggest sellers are still the traditional princess ball gowns, but sometimes a parent will come in with their daughter and will buy her whichever dress she wants," Rodriguez said.

"If my daughter had the body to wear it, I'd let her!"

It's too early to tell how many girls in New York City will buy the dress, but those who do may have a hard time getting through the prom door.

While it's up to individual school administrators to rule on prom fashions, the Board of Education maintains a disciplinary dress code that prohibits "wearing clothing or other items that are unsafe or disruptive to the educational process."

Lisa Maffei-Fuentes, principal of Christopher Columbus High School in The Bronx, bans "anything that resembles the famous [green Versace] J.Lo dress."

"I personally have to check every dress," says Maffei-Fuentes. "Breasts must be entirely covered and there should not be any cutouts in the bodice.

"On the night of the prom, we have chaperones at the entry looking at every dress. We also provide needle, thread and pins to close up holes and fix dresses to the appropriate length," she says.

"This is for their own protection. We're there to help them experience the prom as a wonderful, dignified evening."

Parents who saw pictures of the dress were shocked.

"It's absolutely too much," said Tal Mandler of Woodmere, Long Island, whose daughter, Dana, is 13. "It is very provocative and does not suit the occasion or the age."

"What happened to the rest of it?" wondered Hilda Salazar, whose 17-year-old daughter is a high school senior in Brooklyn.

Asked whether she'd allow her daughter to wear the dress to prom - or if she'd allow her 19-year-old son to date a girl who did - Salazar answered with a resounding no.

Students at Stuyvesant High School were just as appalled.

"Our school doesn't have a dress code, but I don't think any girls would wear that to prom," said senior Mary Zhang.

"How would you wear it, anyway? Double-sided tape doesn't last all night."

Senior Daniel Belu and junior Katie Hammond laughed out loud at the sight of it.

"I wouldn't want my girlfriend to wear this - at least not in public," Belu said.

"I don't think any girl would wear this to a prom. She'd step on her dress on the dance floor and everything would just fall out!"

Most of the students we spoke to were primarily concerned with practicalities. "You couldn't dance in that dress - actually, you couldn't do anything at all," says junior Vivian Healey.

"If you wore that to prom, you'd be falling out of it all night," says senior Angela Cho. "There's also hardly any material. I can't believe it costs $400. You could make it yourself if you really wanted to."

Other students expressed aesthetic concerns. "I don't think anyone would wear this to the prom. The dress looks kind of whore-ish," says junior Emma Herr.

"This dress would look great at a prom if the model in the picture wore it," says senior Vlaz Ermant, "but we don't have any girls like that at our school."
Wow, this is one of the top sellers.


The Iron Lung
if you're going to prom then you're at least 17-18 years old...and its not like 95% of the girls are going to end up with less than that on by the end of the night. skimp on!


Original Dicksman
if were a teenager....

If I were the father of a daughter, she would not leave the house wearing that.
However, if I were in highschool...hmmm. Well when I was in high school, proms themselves weren't the main event. They were just the openning of the night, to say hi, take pictures then off to the clubs, house parties then the hotel. I'll bet enterprising, nauty high school girls leave house in a parent approved dress and go to the prom in it, but have the F.M. dress stashed at the motel room or friend house or something. They leave the prom, goto the stash, change then goto the club (wit fake ID) or party or whatever in their porn-queen attire.


Devil Without A Cause
That dress is fucked up. Personally, I wouldn't let my daughter go in that, unless she gave the right amount of money...not really, I would just not even let her buy the dress in the first place.


I dont think that picture is loading right on my PC.......there seems to be some material missing in certain spots....ROFL.........HELL NO!!!! I would never let my daughter walk out of the house like that for prom........shit half of the stuff I see junior high girls wearing just to school I wouldnt let my daughter walk out of a dressing room in............. ;)

Now if I were to be going out I might wear it.... :cool:


Angel of Death
bigck3000 said:
if you're going to prom then you're at least 17-18 years old...and its not like 95% of the girls are going to end up with less than that on by the end of the night. skimp on!
in my school you could when you were in the 9th grade on up. way to promote teenage pregancey by the way.


The Iron Lung
i hear that morning after pill might be available OTC....maybe wine coolers will become cheaper as a result......MUHAHAHAHAHAH.


Strike First Strike Hard
I wouldn't let my daughter wear that, but I would be happy to chaparone that girl. (assuming she's 18)


Yay fire!
If I had a daughter who tried to wear that to prom, there's no way in hell she'd go. That's just fucking ridiculous.


Banned - What an Asshat!
ferengi74656 said:
If I had a daughter who tried to wear that to prom, there's no way in hell she'd go. That's just fucking ridiculous.

I have a daughter, and if I ever caught her in something like that I would beat her ass. I dont care how old she is, that is completely whorish.


Take it fer granted
not much of a dress actually. It more like a topless dress with only two straps that are used to hold it on. The straps just happen to cover some parts of the sluts chest.


Original Dicksman
I just realized this in my last visit to B&T: if a young-girl is wearing that dress, would that make her is Prostitot? (for more information please see "Prostitots and kinderpimps" in Bait 'n Tackle)


~Broken Angel~
OMG...hell no...I have 2 girls...4 and 1..and there is NO WAY I would even let them try that dress on for prom/highschool event or what the hell ever...that's just wrong >.<


Hella Constipated
That is disturbing. What is it with kids these days?

"Look at me, I'm a little slut, that makes me cool!"

I think that episode of South Park summed it up best...

*Pukes his guts out*
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