Leeds family run business is dressing for success

Abbey and mum Jo with the dresses at Sparkles.
Abbey and mum Jo with the dresses at Sparkles.
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Enterprising Leeds teenager Abbey Halliwell certainly has a glittering future ahead of her!

The 18-year-old has set up shop with her sister to make the most of the dress-shopping rush before prom season starts.

Miss Leeds contestant Abbey and sister Chloe, 16, recently opened Sparkles in Pudsey, and run the shop with help from their mother Jo. The shop at Lidgett Hill sells glitzy dresses aimed at young prom-goers, as well as ball gowns and evening wear.

Proms are often seen as the social event of the year. A transatlantic import, and a staple of American teendom, the prom –short for promenade – is an end of year dance gathering for high school students, somewhat removed from the classic British school disco. It has become increasingly popular in the UK in recent years, with prom fashion an important part of the proceedings.

Now the YEP wants to hear how you will be celebrating your big day.

This year we will publish photos of prom events from across the city, and we’re asking you to send in your snaps of the special occasion.

Abbey and Chloe’s mum Jo said: “Proms are a big thing. It’s really busy at the moment because of prom season. People start looking for dresses from October right up until now.

“Abbey is competing for Miss West Yorkshire later this year so she knows her dresses, and now she has a good pick!”

Are you doing anything unusual for your prom or arriving in style? Send us pictures of your end-of-year events and you could be featured in the YEP. 
Email yep.newsdesk@ypn.co.uk or tweet pictures to @Leeds News. You can also share your prom pictures with us at www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk.

Make sure you have the permission of the people included and provide their names, ages and school.