“It was powerful,” said Florida-based fashion designer Terrance Torrence. “It was art. It was surreal. It spoke volumes.”
“It” was a floor-length gown featuring black and white images of Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland, Michael Brown, and others who had “high-profile deaths” during interactions with the police.
Fox News reports that Florida teenager Milan Morris, 17, wore the gown for prom. She shared pictures of herself in the dress on Instagram.
In the post, Morris writes, “Yes I’m black. Yes I’m 17. Yes GOD is using me to convey a message that’s bigger than me.”
Due to it’s imagery and Black Lives Matter message, the unique dress has garnered attention for Torrence and Morris, a senior at Palm Beach’s Cardinal Newman High School. Essence did a story about the dress yesterday, saying, “great style can also have a great message.”
Morris said Torrence had the idea for the dress.
“He was the mastermind behind this whole thing honestly,” she told Essence.
Torrence, who spent four days making the prom dress, added: “It was powerful and a movement and I knew people would respond to it.”
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