"Naturi contacted me through e-mail, and we talked over the phone about her ideal dress," McEntyre told the blog Necole Bitchie.
"[Naughton] explained to me that she wanted to connect with her African roots as well. I explained to her that my prom dress was my first design ever and that her design would be my second. ... She wanted to shed light on young people from her community [East Orange, New Jersey] and that she did. I enlisted a local seamstress by the name of Markell Mockabee, who brought my design to life."