Photo by Christina Gandolfo. Featured in LA Magazine article, “Each Year, This Local Program Helps Hundreds of Foster Kids Get Glammed Up for Prom,” by Chris Nichols. 

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The Glamour Gowns and Suit Up (GGSU) event provides complimentary, brand new formal attire and accessories to youth, age 15+, in the Los Angeles foster care system. The event is produced each year by the GGSU committee in conjunction with CASA of Los Angeles. Thus far, GGSU has provided more than 5,000 dresses to youth who may not have otherwise been able to receive them. More than 400 teenagers receive dresses each spring. In 2015, for the first time, formal wear and suits were also distributed.

We aim to create a heartfelt enrichment event for high schoolers in foster care. Glamour Gowns and Suit Up not only provides dresses and suits, but also helps build self-esteem, self-confidence, and an increased feeling of self-worth. Our hope is the experience will have a lasting and positive effect on these young people. Financial circumstances often do not allow for “non-essential” yet important items like prom dresses or suits for formal dances. Glamour Gowns and Suit Up seeks to create lasting, positive memories for milestone events like proms, in the lives of young people who have often endured and overcome difficult circumstances.


The Glamour Gowns and Suit Up event is produced and managed by a dedicated committee who volunteer their time and resources. Members of I.A.T.S.E. Motion Picture Costumers Local 705, Costume Designers Guild Local 892 and Theatrical Wardrobe Union Local 768 donate their time to help tailor each dress or suit to a perfect fit. Thank you to our sponsors and donors:

 SHARE, Inc., April Love Makeup Academy, Dinair Airbrush Makeup, Chinese Laundry, Gianni Inc. Menswear, Jenette Bras, Hourglass Underground, Deborah Dodge Photography, Jennifer Buonantony, Press Pass LA, Cat Stone, Stone Management, Brenda Galloway, Viviana Virgil, Jimmy V, Confidential Messengers, Raystrack Moving, Quik Pick Messenger Service, Castex Rentals, CB Western, Tadashi Shoji, City Triangle Dresses, Halston Heritage, Cecile Rivoire Bridal, Neutrogena, Kimberly Clark,  drybar and Alli Webb, Sexy Boss Babe Nails, 705 and 892 Guilds, Little Things Borrowed, Smashbox Beauty, OPI Nails, Thrive CausemeticsThe Foundation for Living Beauty,  HASK HAIR, Unilever- AXE Body, Vans, Cremo Company, Diva CupsBastiste Dry Shampoo, Nair,   Friar Tux ShopFoster Nation, 2Hands2Employ and the countless number of volunteers. Invaluable support has also been received from Los Angeles City Councilmember Curren Price, Jan Perry, General Manager of the Los Angeles City Economic and Workforce Development Department, Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger,  and the Los Angeles Convention Center, Sean Najarro and other staff.

Our GGSU Committee Members are:

  • Cibennie Harris, Co-Chair
  • Alison Hirsch, Co-Chair
  • Karen Braverman-Freeman
  • Kristen DeLeo
  • Paulette Fiorina
  • Susan Herron
  • Tracee Maxwell
  • Joanne Solov
  • Cortez Wilks
  • Kelly Lozo (CASA/LA Staff)

If you prefer to donate by mail, please print our Donation Form and send your tax deductible contribution to:

CASA of Los Angeles
Memo Line: Glamour Gowns Suit Up
201 Centre Plaza Drive, Room 1100
Monterey Park, CA 91754

Tax ID: 95-3890446

For any questions please email or call 323-859-2888 ext 6353.