Daphne keeps a keen eye on formal trends
DAPHNE Pohle says this years most popular colour for prom dresses is red, just like last year.
"The most popular colours this year are red, burgundy, navy and black," she said.
"Those five are the most prominent, but there's also a lot of sequin dresses as well.
"They're very figure hugging because the glittered sequins are sewn onto a stretch base."
Mrs Pohle owns Fillies on Parade and has been altering dresses and suits in Gladstone for nine years.
"It gets busy from September as prom season approaches," she said.
"No one's got a perfect figure so there will always be a need for my services.
"Every dress is different, some only take a little while and others you might have to re-make the whole dress.
"I also alter suits for young men, cuffs and legs up on pants."
She said she noticed that this year's prom dresses were mostly open backed.
"Plus they've all got trains, the part men usually step on," Mrs Pohle said.
"Another thing I've noticed is the girls are so tiny.
"I'm seeing more smaller dress sizes around 2, 4, 6 and 8."
Mrs Pohle said she enjoyed going to see the prom parades each year.
"Families come together to see the kids dressed up, it's really exciting," she said.
"It's wonderful to see the kids dressed so nicely.
"They look so beautiful when they're all glamoured up."
Mrs Pohle was six when she was taught to sew and she hasn't stopped since.
"It's a dying art, some people don't know how to sew buttons on," she said.
"I love what I'm doing and I've got heaps of work, so why give it away?"