The History of Prom Dresses

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Do you remember your first prom? Next to our wedding, it is one of the most important events any adults life For girls, finding the perfect prom dress can be a challenge. I know when I helped my little sister find her dress, we to four different cities, trying to find that 'perfect' dress that made her smile. As someone who loves history, however, I am also fascinated with the history behind a lot of the things we consider important in our lives. Below, is a really neat infographic I thought many of you would enjoy talking about the history of prom dresses!

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23 Responses to The History of Prom Dresses

  1. saminder gumer says:

    this is very interesting. i never knew this history. thanks.

  2. Danielle Jones says:

    I love looking at old prom pictures and seeing the differences in styles. I'm just glad I didn't go to prom in the 90's when the bright poofy dresses were in.


  3. Cate Brazil says:

    My prom dress was a dual shade of gold (silk top, satin bottom), and I still have it hanging in my closet at my mom's house! :) I wonder if it will come back in style for my daughter's prom in about 16 years :)

  4. lisa says:

    I had no idea. It's funny how these things come about.

  5. Dawn Monzu says:

    Wow, I remember how important Prom was to me!  I had so much fun at mine.  However, now girls go "all out" and put out some MAJOR cash for their dresses, and whatever else!  Oh well, I'm just glad I went!  Thank you for the information though, it is very interesting!

  6. angie says:

    our class was 88 and I must say our dresses were big and full southern bell style not sure where that fits in but thats what we wore

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  7. Mandi says:

    Oh I love the history! I can't wait to see where prom dresses go in the future… will they start to cycle back and repeat history?
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  8. This kind of stuff fascinates me too. It's so interesting to read the history of things that have become just an everyday thing. I never knew that the term "teenager" didn't exist until quite recently. Fascinating!
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  9. Emily P says:

    I almost didn't go to prom! I thought it was cliche. lol I love dressing up now though!

  10. Angie Fiack says:

    Lot's of fun looking styles of different decades.

  11. Amanda says:

    Love history Of prom and dressed

  12. I went to my promo in the early 1970's. I was into the hippie scene so I wasn't too worried about a screaming fancy gown. It just had to be floor lenght and hippie looking.

  13. Kathleen says:

    This was so interesting to read and very well presented. I love reading infographics, especially on fun topics like this!

  14. sherry blamer says:

    This was pretty cool to see. I love how the styles changed but were still quite modest unlike today.

  15. Karen Glatt says:

    I like the Starlet prom dresses the best. They look elegant and the dresses look flowing! But I grew up when the dresses were the Hippie style, and I did not like them.

  16. Lynn C. says:

    Very interesting.  I think proms have become so overblown, materialistic and fraught with romantic drama that they've lost much of their charm.  Of course, being a teen of the '80s, I did live through the most decadent era of them all.  Maybe today's teens aren't as obsessed with expensive, overly-embellished dresses and big hair.  The one thing I definitely don't envy them in formalwear is the ridiculously high heels.  I took a tumble on prom night in 3-inch heels, so I can only imagine how much it must hurt to teeter in 6-inchers.  How can they dance the night away?

  17. Enjoli Collums says:

    Make me wish I had gone to prom

  18. Stevie says:

    Cute seeing how the styles changed.  70's & 80's were definitely the least fashionable ones.

  19. md Kennedy says:

    I did not know that proms were such a relatively "new" thing!  I do remember all the work I went through to prepare for prom, and how I wish I hadn't bothered!

  20. Some very interesting information. My oldest is getting ready to go to her boyfirnds prom and Im glad I read your post. Really cool info.

  21. ellen beck says:

    Dresses have changed over the years and I am glad to see a trend decreasing. For the last 10 years kids have dressed far too revealing. Prom is a formal rite of passage not a chance to dress trashy.

  22. I really enjoyed looking through the prom dress eras. I remember a lot of the types of dresses from my family and some friends. Thanks for the walk down memory lane. Very interesting to see all the changes.

  23. Ashley says:

    I never went to prom, but I don’t regret it. However, learning about the different styles over time is nice.

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