Special to The Dallas Examiner
Prom season is just around the corner. Attending a prom is an important milestone for high school students. But for many students, it may also be the first opportunity to dress up and practice important social skills in an elegant setting. However – with the cost of tickets, hair styling, manicure, make-up, shoes and the dress, along with any additional costs – the occasion may be more costly than affordable.
However, Taylor McMillan-Johnson – a fashionista with a huge heart and CEO of Hazel & Olive in Rockwall, made it a mission to ensure that every young lady who cannot afford a dress for the prom, will have access to one – free of charge, no questions asked – for their special night. Starting March 1, there will be a select inventory of dresses while supplies last for this project at the store, located at 306 Washington St. in Rockwall.
McMillan-Johnson said she believes that success should always be tempered with a spirit of commitment to the betterment of one’s community. Her company consistently hosts a quarterly charitable project.
“When each of us gives back to our community, be it in goods, time or money, we all become better human beings and our communities thrive because of it,” she said.
The growing independent company was established online in 2012 and was named after McMillan-Johnson’s great-grandmother, Hazel Olive. She credited her grandmother with instilling in her the passion for sewing, fashion and social responsibility. When the storefront opened its doors to the public in 2014, it featured McMillan-Johnson’s designs, as well as that of other new and upcoming designers. As a mother of three, she and her husband, Parker, hope to instill the necessity to give back to their community into their young children.