A funny scene from the first episode of the ABC television show "Desperate Housewives" caught the eye of 17-year-old Melissa Saunders.
One of the show's characters, played by Eva Longoria, mowed the lawn wearing a sexy rose-colored gown. Saunders, a high school senior from Philadelphia, knew she had to have that dress for her upcoming prom.
So Saunders, an A student and cheerleader at St. Huber's Roman Catholic High School, wrote a letter to the show's producers.
She asked for photos of the dress at different angles, so she could try and re-create Longoria's look at a reasonable price. She also explained that she suffers from nerve damage and severe back pain, leaving her parents with expensive medical bills, so she planned to pay for the dress herself.
An $80,000 Prom Dress
Roemehl Hawkins, a wardrobe assistant and a Pennsylvania native, first read Melissa's letter and passed it along to her boss.
What happened next was a total shocker for Saunders. The show's producers not only sent her photos, but they did one better and sent the dress itself, with a lining added so the dress would pass the school's modesty standards. Lucky for Saunders, she and Longoria are about the same size.
The one-of-a-kind dress designed by Eduardo Lucero is estimated to cost about $80,000.
On Friday night, Saunders attended her prom and looked like a knock-out. On just a few hours of sleep, she appeared on "Good Morning America" Saturday to report that the dress -- which she was still wearing -- was a hit.
"I had the best time with all my friends. It was wonderful," she said.
Saunders, who was careful not to sweat or spill anything, will return the dress to the "Desperate Housewives" producers on Monday.