The History of Prom Dresses

Posted on Feb 5 2014 - 5:18pm by Susan Bewley

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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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Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

23 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. saminder gumer February 6, 2014 at 12:34 am - Reply

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

  2. Danielle Jones February 6, 2014 at 1:55 am - Reply

    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 February 6, 2014 at 12:23 pm - Reply

    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 February 7, 2014 at 2:28 pm - Reply

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

  5. Dawn Monzu February 9, 2014 at 9:48 pm - Reply

    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 February 10, 2014 at 10:20 pm - Reply

    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


  7. Mandi February 11, 2014 at 10:19 am - Reply

    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?

  8. Tonya Bangart February 11, 2014 at 10:20 am - Reply

    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!

  9. Emily P February 11, 2014 at 12:36 pm - Reply

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

  10. Angie Fiack February 11, 2014 at 6:09 pm - Reply

    Lot's of fun looking styles of different decades.

  11. Amanda February 11, 2014 at 9:45 pm - Reply

    Love history Of prom and dressed

  12. Evelyn Chuter February 15, 2014 at 11:16 pm - Reply

    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 February 16, 2014 at 12:16 am - Reply

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

  14. sherry blamer February 16, 2014 at 8:28 am - Reply

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

  15. Karen Glatt February 16, 2014 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    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. February 16, 2014 at 3:57 pm - Reply

    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 February 17, 2014 at 8:57 am - Reply

    Make me wish I had gone to prom

  18. Stevie February 17, 2014 at 9:24 pm - Reply

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

  19. md Kennedy February 17, 2014 at 9:33 pm - Reply

    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. virginia weaver February 19, 2014 at 3:18 am - Reply

    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 February 21, 2014 at 11:10 am - Reply

    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. Sandra Beeman April 4, 2014 at 11:47 am - Reply

    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 May 30, 2014 at 2:12 am - Reply

    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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