Claudia Gilchrist, 16, is attending a traditional style prom with her boyfriend Steve Drake. A lot of effort is put into looking right for the night. Dresses have been planned all year and boyfriends are expected to wear matching ties. Here we see Claudia getting ready in preparation for the night at the local hotel in Sittingbourne, kent.
In recent years American style prom nights to celebrate graduation from high School have been gaining popularity in the UK. These pictures are part of a set commissioned for the Times magazine that look at this teenage rite of passage across three schools in the UK.