Monday, April 6, 2009

The Prom Quinn

My baby sister had her first prom this past Saturday.  A lot of time and energy was invested in her big night, including two back-to-back weekends of dress shopping (involving four 2-hour Interstate treks).  

I drove down this past Friday to do her hair and make-up.  She asked me not to post any pictures of her dress until after prom.  She also encouraged me to talk about her more on the blog (very thoughtful girl).  So here's the big reveal!

Her favorite part of the entire outfit was the red shoes (Teppie's idea, many thanks).  She also insists it was her idea FIRST to wear her hair half up/half down.  Apparently everyone else decided to wear their hair half up/half down too (as if!).  Of course I'm bias, but I think she was the prettiest girl at the dance.

In case you were wondering about the history of prom (I know I was) here's some information courtesy of the aptly named website:  www.randomhistory.com.  The term 'prom' comes from the word  'promenade' - noun, a march of guests into a ballroom constituting the opening of a formal ball.

It seems proms were fashioned after the upper class debutante balls.  The balls being used as official 'coming out' events for young girls in preparation to meet future husbands.

High school proms were first seen in yearbooks around the 1930s - 1940s, possibly as a middle class alternative to the debutante balls.  However, these proms were simple affairs where girls tended to wear Sunday dresses.  

It wasn't until after WWII when middle class Americans started to enjoy more affluence, roughly during the 1950s, that high school proms became the big fancy events they are today.  

One final note, Quinn got dressed for prom with some friends.  She felt bad Mom and Dad wouldn't get to see her all dressed up so she asked me to drive her and her friend Kaesi back to the house for some extra pictures (clearly she knows how to work the parental unit).  

1 comment:

Amanda said...

Haven't even read the post yet, but HAD to comment that the dress is FAB.U.LOUS!!!!!!!!! Can't say enough.. :) xox