Grammar formal students create red carpet glamour

LOOKING good is not supposed to be everything, but last night there was nothing more important.

It was like a celebrity red-carpet affair when Rockhampton Grammar School's Year 12 students arrived at their formal.

The girls were decked out in head-to-toe glamour, while the boys were dressed to impress.

And while everyone was grinning, one student was feeling sad that it would soon be over.

Kate Wyatt, 17, of North Rockhampton, had been planning her formal for the two years.

"It feels like a mini wedding,'' Kate gushed as she sat at the hairdressers, getting transformed for the night.

Kate said her formal journey started in Year 11 with the allimportant selection of her partner, Sam Johnson.

Then, in Easter this year, Kate and her mother travelled to Brisbane to buy her dress ? a chocolate-coloured gown.

Kate said she then picked up her shoes in Rockhampton, which she admitted were "too high'' to walk in.

She said she and her mother Lesley had not yet told her dad how much the dress cost.

"Mum's been good. She's just as excited about it as I am. "Once he (Dad) sees me in it, I'm sure he'll be fine.''

Kate said she let her brother Brad organise her transport for the evening ? a black Clubsport ? because he had been whinging about how much she was spending.

Meanwhile, Kate's date Sam, 17, of Rockhampton, took a more relaxed approach.

Sam said he bought his suit only in recent weeks and had decided to buy instead of rent because he was a performer and had wanted to wear the suit on stage.

Sam also took ballroom dancing lessons at school to keep up with Kate, who has been dancing since she was a child.

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