Inez girl wins prom dress from famous designer
Feb. 28, 2011 at 5:02 p.m.
Updated Feb. 27, 2011 at 8:28 p.m.
When the people from fashion designer Mac Duggal's office called Danielle Stegall to tell her she won a prom dress from the designer, the 16-year-old hung up on them.
"I said, 'No way. You're lying. This is spam,'" she recalled with animation.
In fact, the staff at Mac Duggal - whose creations have been seen on celebrities, in pageants and on runways around the world - spent more than two weeks trying to contact the spunky, fast-talking East High School student.
Without much of a second thought, Danielle had entered to win a prom dress from the designer after seeing the contest advertised in tiny pink letters in Teen Prom Magazine.
When unknown numbers started popping up on her and her mother's cell phones, they hit ignore instinctively.
"I don't know how I won. I have the worst luck in the world," Danielle said.
But luck was on her side when Danielle's mom, Renee Smith, finally took the call.
"They called like the 17th and said, 'We've been trying to get a hold of you!' They picked her Jan. 1, but we didn't know," Smith said.
Since then, the whole family has gotten into the Mac Duggal mood.
"All of us - my dad, sister, me, my mom - we were all on our computers," Danielle said. "We were all looking, trying to find the perfect dress."
Of 350 choices, Danielle narrowed it down to 10, which she submitted to Mac Duggal. Of those, they sent five choices back, and Danielle landed on her dream dress: a mermaid-style, mint-colored coture gown heavied by crystals and ruffles.
"If you think about it, it really is a fantasy prom dress. Who's really going to buy that?" Danielle said, adding that paying $1,500 for a dress "makes my stomach hurt."
This year's prom savings pleased Danielle's parents, too, who have already purchased prom dresses for Danielle the past two years.
"My husband was so excited," Smith said. "He said this is a win-win thing."
And even though this year's dress will be mail-delivered in March, Smith said she was happy she still got to have their traditional mother-daughter prom shopping day.
The duo got dolled up and made a day of going to Houston to try on different styles before selecting the final dress.
"Not only does he touch the girls' lives, he touches the parents' lives," Smith said of Mac Duggal. "She looks so pretty when she's trying (the dresses) on."
And, though she's biased, Smith said her theater-loving, uniquely-styled daughter is the perfect recipient of Mac Duggal's avant-garde styles.
"The ones that are on the red carpet, that are unique, and nobody would really buy them - that's me," Danielle said. "I'm not scared to try something different."
Danielle said she's got her 40s hairstyle and jewelry planned out, and she's working on the limousine and cute boy to round out her fantasy prom on April 30.
"(The staff at Mac Duggal) were gonna get me a date for prom," Danielle said. "I'm like, 'you wanna get me Taylor Lautner or something? That'd be awesome."