Fillies on Parade seamstress Daphne Pohle works on Chanel College student Beth Jones’s formal dress.
Fillies on Parade seamstress Daphne Pohle works on Chanel College student Beth Jones’s formal dress. Mike Richards

Girls spend up to $1000 on gowns as formal fever hits

FORMAL fever is sweeping across the graduating year of 2013 as the end of students' secondary schooling nears.

Fillies on Parade Gladstone seamstress Daphne Pohle has altered about 60 dresses for teenagers preparing for their formals.

"The dress is everything. They get the gown, then book in for the alterations, and then come the shoes, the trial make-up, hair and tan," she said.

"So much goes in to going to a prom."

Mrs Pohle prepared her own daughter for her formal at a Bundaberg school a few years ago.

She said she would recommend parents be conservative in their spending.

"Go moderate with the spending. You don't have to go big with it and have the dearest of everything to look nice."

She compared working on a formal dress to altering a wedding dress.

"I'll get them to try them on and they will walk around here and they don't want to take them off. They feel like a princess."

She said the dresses could range anywhere from $300 to $1000.

"There's some that have huge skirts; so much work goes into them. They're just gorgeous gowns … they are exquisite."

Mrs Pohle first picked up a sewing needle when she was six, and she said she had never lost the love for it.

"Everything here is personal. I work one on one with everyone. I love it. I'll be doing this forever."



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