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Girls travel miles to find perfect dress for prom

On the hunt for the right outfit

Kattia Andrews, a junior at Marmaton Valley High School near Moran, tries on a prom dress Saturday at Weaver’s, 901 Mass. Shopping with Andrews in background at left is her sister Sonia Jones, Garnett, and Jones’ daughter Sophia, 2.

Kattia Andrews, a junior at Marmaton Valley High School near Moran, tries on a prom dress Saturday at Weaver’s, 901 Mass. Shopping with Andrews in background at left is her sister Sonia Jones, Garnett, and Jones’ daughter Sophia, 2.

March 14, 2010

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Shopping for a prom dress

High school girls from miles beyond Lawrence have discovered that they can have a special shopping experience at Weaver's Department Store in Lawrence, when searching for that perfect prom dress. Saturday, March 13, Kattia Andrews, a junior from Garnett, had to decide on several dresses she tried on at Weaver's for her Marmaton Valley High School prom. Enlarge video

Elizabeth Arthaud, 17, Chula, Mo.,  considers a prom dress Saturday at Weaver’s.

Elizabeth Arthaud, 17, Chula, Mo., considers a prom dress Saturday at Weaver’s.

Kattia Andrews, a junior at Marmaton Valley High School, near Moran, has her hair pinned up and a pair of long black gloves on and is looking at herself in a mirror.

The long prom dress she’s trying on reminds Janet Mihalchik, second-floor manager at Weaver’s, of the actress in the movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

“Audrey Hepburn, yes, that’s it,” says Mihalchik. Andrews smiles and moves to see different angles of the dress.

“It’s beautiful,” says Andrews’ older sister Sonia Jones, of Garnett.

Saturday, Andrews and others were searching for their perfect prom dress. And the word is out that Weaver’s, 901 Mass., is a good place to shop. Mihalchik says it has more than 200 dresses from more than 20 dress companies.

She estimates most girls will try on 20 dresses before making a choice.

Elizabeth Arthaud, 17, traveled with her mother from Chula, Mo.

“I thought I would have to make a dress because all I liked were Giovanni’s on the Internet, and I’m like, not $500 for a dress!” Arthaud says.

She settles on a multicolored frock of turquoise, blue and mint with jewels on the side.

Her mother Karen Arthaud snaps a cell phone photo to send to her father.

“I don’t think he knows we were buying a dress today,” Karen says.

Comments

kristyj 4 years, 1 month ago

the little kid chilling on the floor is cracking me up!!

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mom_of_three 4 years, 1 month ago

I grew up in a 5A town, but not too many clothing stores, especially for prom dresses. You either ordered out of a catalog, or drove to Wichita or OKC which were hour to 90 minutes away. Some girls went to Dallas for dresses. What we did years ago was a lot different than girls do now.

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Nikki May 4 years, 1 month ago

The girls like to travel because they can something different than the other girls at their school.

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Graczyk 4 years, 1 month ago

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Boston_Corbett 4 years, 1 month ago

I remember hearing last year of a daughter of a friend who traveled to Wichita for this hunt. I scratched my head.

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Liberty275 4 years, 1 month ago

My wife and I got caught up in a gaggle of these screeching teenage girls getting their prom dresses while we were looking for a bridesmaid's dress for the wife to wear to her sister's wedding.

I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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