Prom Princess: Pick your favorite gown

Carolina Astrain By Carolina Astrain

April 13, 2014 at 10:03 p.m.
Updated April 13, 2014 at 11:14 p.m.

Ashley Green gasped in delight as she passed her hands over a wave of dresses at All About the Dress, a formal wear boutique off U.S. Highway 77.

Her younger sister, Reagen Green, smiled as she watched her 20-year-old sister, who has Down syndrome, try the gowns on behind a tall, creme-colored curtain.

"I'm happy for her," Reagan said. "It's so awesome; she's so excited."

For the past few weeks, Green has woken up asking about Prom Princess, a contest she won, which includes an all-expenses paid prom package sponsored by the Victoria Advocate and area businesses.

"She talks about it every day," said Reagan, a seventh-grade student at Howell Middle School.

Varchia Green, Ashley's mother, said she was surprised to see her pick out dresses in colors other than pink - her favorite.

"She decided she didn't just want pink," her mother said.

Her grandfather, Robert Pfeil, took photos as Green tried on the dresses.

"How is it working, Coco?" he asked from outside the dressing room. "Does it feel silky?"

Ever since Ashley was born, her grandfather has been a big part of her life.

On the weekends, Green and her grandfather go to the movies, and he attends almost every school event, her mother said.

At the end of Green's sampling, three dresses designed by Sydney's Closet - one dark pink, one green and one black - remained in the final running.

The soundtrack to "Frozen" played in the background.

During her fashion experience, some of Green's classmates from Victoria West High School walked through the door.

She waved them over for a hug.

"We're so happy for her," said Lizzie Witte, 17, a junior. "She deserves all of this."

Christina Cook, the owner of All About the Dress, had soft tears building up in her eyes as she watched Green twirl in a cobalt, bejeweled gown.

"This is the best part," Cook said. "This is why I love doing what I do."



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