Prom Photos and Generations
Welcome to Flashback Friday! Since it’s prom season in Oklahoma, I thought this photo of a group of Gen Xers from a 90s prom made for a fitting look back. All these girls look so happy and so beautiful! I’m guessing they were born sometime between 1972 and 1976.
I was attending college parties, homecoming, and banquets in the 90s. I well remember the velvet dresses with the teal blue, iridescent taffeta sleeves and skirt. I also remember wearing my hair just like the girl on the far left. The side ponytail with tendrils falling was a hot look back in the day.
I never cease to be amazed by how prom styles changed from the 1980s through the early 1990s. When I was a freshman in high school prom dresses by Gunne Sax were very popular. Here is a photo of some older friends of mine from high school at their prom in 1982. I was a 9th grader that year and didn’t attend, but I remember the theme was Fantasy Island. All of these girls were juniors and seniors, some of whom I knew quite well through the school newspaper staff and school plays.
Florals, Ribbons, Pastels and Lace
Every spring in preparation for the annual prom, the maintenance men at CVHS would hang heavy-duty wires around the gym. The junior class would spend a week of afternoons taping hundreds of streamers from the top of those wires to the floor to create four crepe paper walls. It was really something to behold!
Pastels, Ruffles, Dotted Swiss and Cummerbunds
This picture was taken the following year (1983) when 80s prom styles shifted to the Southern Belle look. We all wore these gigantic hoops under our dresses. We looked completely ridiculous dancing. That’s me on the back row in the white dress.
We were still living in Southeast Kansas and my mom drove me all the way to Tulsa to buy that white dress. It was a Nadine formal and it appeared in Seventeen magazine that year. It cost $140. My brother, who was in the Marines at the time sent me the money to buy it. My sister, who is 11 years older than me, told me it cost more than her wedding dress.
The theme of this prom was Up Where We Belong from the popular movie, An Officer and A Gentleman.
Prom dresses with ruffles and jewel tones
This is me and my friends from my junior prom (1984). That’s me in the front in the dark green dress. The big skirts and ruffles were still very popular, but I didn’t think any of us looked particularly sexy, not like prom-going girls today.
I can’t for the life of me remember the theme of this prom, but I think it was from the movie Footloose. The sophomore servers danced to Let’s Hear It For The Boy.
Finally, this is a picture of me at my senior prom on May 4, 1985. My dress had a sequin bodice. I was crowned prom queen that night by my dear friend Jamie who has since passed. Life just gets away from us, doesn’t it? It was pretty neat wearing a $20 tiara for the night.
Fifteen days later, we all graduated high school and went our separate ways.