Getting a Dress

The next Princess Event will be March 11-12. We hope packets will arrive at schools around February  17. 

Does Operation Glass Slipper charge anything for dresses?
No. If you are eligible, you can receive a dress and accessories (shoes, purse, and jewelry) at no charge.

How can I get a dress?
You must be in a financial or family situation such that you would not be able to go to prom unless you receive a dress from us. We provide dresses to juniors and seniors in high school.

All Princesses must have a completed and signed referral form. This form will also provide a link to sign up for a time slot during the event. Both steps must be completed in order to participate.

Please note: we are unable to provide you a dress if you are pregnant. Most proms are held two to three months after we provide dresses, and if you are pregnant your dress will not fit by the date of your prom. We do not have the resources to do alterations months after the Princess Event is over.

If you are eligible, you need to get a referral form signed by an adult outside of your family saying that you would not be able to go to prom without our help. This adult can be someone at your school, such as a teacher, counselor, social worker, or school nurse, or someone in your community, such as a member of the clergy (for example, a priest, minister, imam, or rabbi) or other community leader.

We DO NOT send referral forms to students.
Referral forms are NOT available for download on our website.
If you ask around your school and no one seems to have the form, let us know by emailing and giving us the name of your school or the name, email address, and phone number of a teacher, counselor, or other official at your school and we will send that person a referral form.)


You can only make an appointment for yourself, not for someone else.
You cannot come to the Princess Event to choose a dress for someone else. Because the choice of a dress is a uniquely personal decision, shopping for others is prohibited.

What do I have to bring to the Princess Event?
You must present the following documents to be admitted:
A signed referral form, and
A current, valid high school ID with your photo

What if I don’t have a school ID with my photo?
Some schools do not issue photo ID’s. If you do not have a photo ID issued by your school, please have the school staff member who signs your referral form indicate that on the form.

What happens at the Princess Event? What will it be like?
The Princess Event is a shopping experience. You will be paired with a Fairy Godmother to go through the event and select 1 dress, 2 pieces of jewelry, 1 pair of shoes, and 1 purse. You will have the opportunity to try on dresses in the dressing room.
Dresses, jewelry, shoes, and purses are re-stocked throughout the day.
You should allow about 90 minutes to 2 hours to go through the entire selection process.

What are the rules of the Princess Event?
No cell phone use in the event; this includes taking pictures and using social media.
You may bring one female guest (must be over the age of 18); males are not allowed in the event space.
You may not get a dress or other items for someone else.
You may get only one dress.
You must not wear makeup. (It soils the necklines of dresses that are tried on.) All guests will be given a wet wipe to remove any makeup before trying on dresses, and a separate wet wipe to remove deodorant which can also be a source of stains.
No infants or children are allowed in the event. Please make other arrangements for them. We cannot provide child care or babysitting.

I missed the Princess Event this year. Can I still get a dress?
The Princess Event is held ONLY ONE WEEKEND a year. We encourage all students to begin planning to attend prom very early in the year so as not to miss out.


PLEASE NOTE that we do not provide suits and tuxedos for boys. There is an organization similar to ours called Once Upon a Time Formals that might be able to help with prom wear for boys, depending on the inventory they have on hand. Call 612-222-7741, leave a message with your name, school, date of your prom, and phone number and they will call you back to set an appointment. They are located in West St. Paul and set appointments for evenings and weekends.


Sharon Tacheny

March 22, 2015 at 6:03 pm

I have several prom dresses to donate. I see that you have already had your yearly “prom day” where you distribute the dresses. Is there somewhere else you know if where we could donate them?
Thanks so much and God Bless you!
Sharon Tacheny
Andover, MN

Lillian Stovall

July 20, 2015 at 4:02 am

i was wondering, after you get your prom outfit are you able to keep it or do you have to bring it back?


September 9, 2015 at 6:45 pm


I am researching non-profits to support for 2016, and I was wondering where I could find information on your finances, such as, income, expenses, etc.

Thank you!

Sumaiya Azeez

December 25, 2015 at 2:56 pm


I need a dress for PROM event we are having at Pearls of Hope on Jan 2nd. Please call me at (763) 516-5821 or email me .

Thank you!

Nqobile Ngeleza

January 2, 2016 at 12:28 pm

Good Day,

I am from South Africa and i have recently started a drive for under privilege children doing they last year in high school and can not afford to go to they matric dance(prom) due to the fact that they cant afford dresses, suits or make up or let alone to plan they own prom. i would like to know what does one have to do to get about 10 dresses to be shared amongst 5 schools? the drive is called uBuntu Drive which means Compassion/Humanity Drive.

These kids are either going to school due to sponsorships from other families or government. so i would really appreciate your help.


January 11, 2016 at 2:36 pm

Good Morning, we are wondering what the dates are for this years Operation Glass Slipper. Harding High School (St Paul) will be having prom April 16th and want to know if this will be enough time to alter and deliver dresses. Thanks, Allison Zaccardi and Alice Smith


October 20, 2017 at 11:05 am

Hi, what do you do with the wedding dresses and flower girl dresses? I have a flower girl dress I would be happy to donate.


    November 12, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    Hi Deb, We sell any items that cannot be used for our prom event to purchase items to use in the event. Thank you for thinkig of us!

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