I think I would personally find it very difficult to find a dress at that price. But if someone else can do it and the daughter who has to wear it likes it, then I would call it a success for them.
Heck I made my own dress for prom, and used shoes from church, and did my own hair and nails... really.
oh... pssst.. I made my own wedding dress too. :P And it was only about $100 so no way I would feel right spending that on a child's dress... BUT again. if they wanted to they could earn it and pay themselves.
DH-Aug 30th 1997 Josiah - 6/3/02 Isaac 7/31/03
I don't believe proms send damaging messages. Proms have been going on for forever, and everything they entail is pretty much a given. As others have pointed out, it seems to be much more about your circle of friends/area you reside in that dictates how much splurging goes on for a prom.
Personally, I was the weirdo who had no interest in prom.