Why these two prom dresses have gone viral

One is particularly sweet

prom dress viral

One is particularly sweet

In case you hadn’t noticed, prom season is upon us, well, in America at least.

And when the dress code isn’t ridiculously sexist, those students go all out when it comes to their outfits.

Two prom dresses in particular stood out for us this week, both for equally awesome reasons.

First off, we had total girl boss Shami Oshun, from California, who decided she didn’t want to look like all the other girls at the prom.

So she went and made her own unique dress, the night before her prom, charting the process on her Twitter page.

There were purple tulle, flowers and crystals involved and the result was quite spectacular, considering it all cost her about $15.

Shami did all the work by herself and hopes to be a design student next year. Oh and she’s currently working on a possible ASOS collection. No biggie.

DIY is clearly a big fashion trend, judging by the second prom dress that caught our eye.

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Brenda Sierra, 18, created a lovely floral gown with beaded top to attend her prom, and while it’s beautiful, the real reason it went viral was that she made a matching outfit… for her 7-year-old Dachshund, Sasha.

She said she loved her dog so much that she wanted to share her most memorable moment with her. How cute?

Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at MoneySavingExpert.com, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.