A 16-year-old Alabama high school student was kicked out of a prom because the school’s dean said her custom-made gown had slits that defied the dress code. The girl said she was wrongly accused of not wearing underwear under her dress when school officials questioned the appropriateness of her dress
Alexis Craft, a student at J.M. Tate High School in Seminole, was asked too leave the Pensacola High School Prom on May 9, which she attended with a friend.
‘It had panels in the front cut all the way to the crotch all the way around,’ Pensacola Dean Marsha Regina said. ‘When she walked it was up to her crotch and it swung open and she had nothing else on underneath it.’
Alexis Craft, 16, was asked to leave Pensacola High School’s prom on May 9 because school officials thought the slits in her dress went against the dress code
Craft said she was wearing underwear, and that she was unaware the school had a dress code for the dance. She had already worn the gown to her own school’s prom with no problems.
The dress was even approved by dance supervisors at the entrance, who were supposed to deem whether dresses was appropriate for the dance or not.
Craft said she was approved by the women at the door, handed in her ticket and was on her way into the dance when another school official sent her back to the entrance for her dress to be rejudged by the supervisors.
When she went back to the entrance, one of the dress approvers lifted up the middle panel of Craft’s dress in front of a group of people, the student said.
‘I didn’t give her permission,’ Craft said. ‘She picked it up, looked at my underwear, and said “That’s not appropriate”.’
She was told to leave the prom, but could return wearing a different dress. Craft decided not to return at all.
Craft asked local designer Destani Hoffman to create the dress because she wanted a unique dress to wear. She had previously worked with Hoffman as a model in various fashion shows.
‘I knew that she would make an amazing dress,’ Craft told AL.com. ‘I wanted a prom outfit that was “un-prom” and pushed boundaries, something that was different than all the other dresses.’
Hoffman said that Craft asked for a ‘edgy but classy, more-runway-than-prom gown’ and that she wanted a ‘dress incorporating the high slits that are all the rage on the red carpets at the moment’.
She added that she was disappointed that Craft was asked to leave the dance.
‘The dress is not see-through, covers all of her inappropriate areas, and actually is classy and very one-of a kind,’ Hoffman said. ‘They think that she is being provocative because she has slits in her skirt? That’s just confusing to me.’
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