From sparkly to ruched to soft and simple, hundreds of prom dresses and tuxedos turned LAPD’s Olympic Police Precinct into a prom boutique on Saturday.
Students at 15 Los Angeles-area high schools will be able to attend proms in style thanks to the City Attorney’s Office in partnership with LAPD.
“We’ve always kind of seen this need in our community, let alone when a student is celebrating graduation,” said Cynthia Hernandez of the LA City District Attorney’s Office. “We hate that financial circumstances are the limitation. So we’re happy to provide all of these things for free at cost.”
The prom wardrobe program offers formal wear for boys and girls, in addition to shoes, accessories and makeup to complete every look.
LAPD caddy Jeanette Lopez not only helped set up the shop, but she also got the chance to pick up her own prom dress.
“I was here Thursday to help, and I was already looking at some of the dresses,” Lopez said. “It was very exciting to see the different amount of dresses and colors, and they were all really pretty.”
It’s been two years since the prom closet was able to reopen. The store’s dresses are from 2020, before the pandemic.”
“Coming out of COVID, we know there was a lot of activity that wasn’t done,” said LAPD Olympic Station captain James Hwang. “So it’s a chance for us to help people have a good time and have a good experience. It’s a wonderful time.”
City and LAPD volunteers helped find sizes and offered styling advice.
For students, finding the right outfit was one less concern.
“You don’t have to worry about how much you’re going to lose on a dress because prices go up,” said student Chelsea Romero. “Prom dresses will be expensive this year.”
The LAPD’s “prom closet” allows students to celebrate a rite of passage they’ll likely remember forever.
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