For the big night, the 18-year-old, who was crowned prom king at the event, styled a shimmering pink floor-length blazer-style dress paired with glamorous makeup. He posed in the sparkling number alongside his classmates, showing off different angles of his outfit.
His Instagram post featuring a number of snaps from the night blew up on the platform, garnering almost 700 likes and a number of comments praising the bold look.
Santiago worked with a Ciales-based designer, Melvin Negrón, to help achieve his desired prom getup.
“I saw three different pictures on Pinterest, and I talked to my designer, Melvin, and we combined all three,” Santiago tells Yahoo Style on the inspiration for his prom look.
“Adrian spoke to me about what he was looking for so we gathered some information and got to work,” Negrón shares.
“The tuxedo in sequins was inspired by Manny Mua. He has a pic on Instagram with a red sequin vest, and I thought that it was extra kinda like me,” Santiago jokes.
Santiago says that he discussed details of his dream look with Negrón, and the designer had a number of suggestions regarding colors and detailing.
“He said he would like a men’s suit — but not a traditional one — some type of tail, bling to make him stand out from the rest,” Negrón says on what Santiago was hoping for with his prom ensemble.
The student immediately fell in love with Negrón’s sketch of the pink prom outfit.
Santiago says his mindset for the perfect prom look was, “I want it to go viral and show the world that people can be themselves.” Done and done.
“Adrian came several times for fittings, until we had the perfect fit,” Negrón shares. “The final look was the most exciting one — for Adrian and for me.” The designer also praised the student’s confidence and attitude.
Santiago shares that the look truly felt like his own. “I felt like I was myself in my prom dress. I was super confident with the dress, the makeup, the nails, everything,” he says.
Along with the shots of his ensemble, the student posted a closeup snap of his makeup and henna designs on his popular Instagram page.
It turns out Santiago’s classmates were just as obsessed with his outfit as he was. “When I entered the prom, I saw a friend of mine, Aisha. She was in shock. I loved her facial expression,” he says. “My classmates loved the outfit — even people that didn’t talk to me came to me and said they loved it. My P.E. teacher came up to me and said that he was a fan.”
The prom king had an amazing time at the prom, largely in part to his customized gown. “My experience was unforgettable,” he shares. “I wish I could repeat that day.”
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