March 14, 2018

Prom. Short for “promenade”. There are a few meanings for the word, but Webster’s dictionary includes – “A ceremonious opening of a formal ball consisting of a grand march of all the guests”. Short version – “Let’s get all dressed up and party!”
This week’s vintage collection, now in the Etsy shop, is filled with some gorgeous dresses and gowns to cover the “Let’s get all dressed up” part. And hopefully some of the vintage prom photos mixed in will inspire the “and party” part!

I unearthed some absolute beauties that would be perfect for any formal occasion, not just prom. Like this late 1930’s, early 1940’s Asian brocade gown below, with so many stylish features. It deserved it’s own little showcase!

This next group, I can’t decide what wows! me more, the gowns or the hair-dos!

Another showcased gown – just stunning! A little ribbon addition was added at the waist to cover a repair. It’s only tacked, so any decorative covering could replace it – get creative! The front of the gown is a fitted, straight look, but there is a fan of gathered fabric at the back that adds an elegant flair.

This last group is my prom era – the 80s. Lots of poof and ruffles and HAIR! Can you guess which girl is ME? Hint: Let’s just say, my prom date did not show up looking like he stuck his finger in an electrical socket.

Thanks for looking! All the dresses featured can be found in the Etsy shop HERE.
(If you don’t see it in the shop, then it is on its way to a prom somewhere!)
All vintage photos were found on Pinterest, except the one of me, which I found in an old shoe box 🙂

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Jean Pecsek March 21, 2018 - 4:24 pm

I remember being with you when you picked out your prom dress. Even back then you expressed your love for the Victorian style as well as other vintage styles, and your choice of dress was a lovely example of this. Your Collection of vintage prom dresses gives others the opportunity to do the same. Mom

Shelley March 26, 2018 - 11:52 am

Thanks Mom! I remember back then when I was first dipping my toe into vintage style, I loved all the Gunne Sax and Jessica McClintock stuff. That dress was Gunne Sax, so not vintage at the time, but it had that romantic, vintage-y look. I love selling young women a one-of-a-kind vintage dress for their prom! I still have people, 20 years later, telling me they bought their vintage prom dress from me. So cool!


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