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Prom Dress Fashion Through Decades – From 1930s to 2010s

It’s April, which means that Prom is around the corner. When it comes to prom, it is always about the dress. A prom dress is supposed to make a girl exude elegance & femininity on the special day. Prom is derived from the term “promenade” and it was not mentioned in school yearbooks until the 1930’s or 1940’s. Fashion is always changing – what was in trend then may be fashion tragedy now. Curious about what young people wore to this formal event? Take a look at the different prom dress fashion, from 1930s to 2010s.

1930s

1930s prom fashion

1930s prom fashion

1930s prom styles were long, sleek and sexy. Those evening dresses tend to hug every curve of your body creating the ultimate feminine silhouette. Dresses were decorated with small groups of beaded flowers or rhinestones around the neckline. Most 30s style evening gowns were inspired by Grecian and Egyptian goddesses with extensive draping on a column silhouette.

1940s

1940s prom fashion princess ballgowns

1940s prom fashion princess ballgowns

Vistorian fashion turned back in time to formal gowns and dresses for 1940s, which embraced fitted bodices, puffed sleeves (or sleeveless) and large full skirts. The princess ballgown was the most popular style for teens attending a prom.

1950s

1950s prom fashion

1950s prom fashion

Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face

Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face

The full circle dresses were the hottest prom dress trend in 1950s. For special formal wear, these full skirted dresses are with larger amounts of tulle. 1950s prom dresses were usually solid colors in vibrant colors like emerald green, Safire blue and deep red.  Black was a popular color for evening dresses then, known as ‘little black dresses.’

1960s

1960s prom fashion

1960s prom fashion

1960s Fashion was influenced by Jackie Kennedy style, which was  clean, simple, well fitted. 1960s prom styles are as classy and elegant as they can be. The short cocktail prom dress was preferred over longer ball gowns, just as pink was cast out for metallic gold and silver.

1970s

1970s prom dress fashion

1970s prom dress fashion

So-called “hippie” style actually originated in the early 1970s. Women tend to wear evening gowns that are silky smooth, loose fitting and very comfortable. Dresses were usually ankle length and women wear bare-back evening gowns to add glamour for special occasions.

1980s

1980s prom fashion

1980s prom fashion

One word comes to mind when you think of the 1980s: BIG. When it comes to 80s prom dress, puff sleeves, multi-layer skirt ruffles and gloves occur to my mind. It may look fashion nightmare now, but they are Prom Queen attire back in the 1980s. Styles of the ‘80s – a little short, a little bright, and a little unflattering.

1990s

1990s prom fashion

1990s prom fashion

Prom dresses were puffier and made of shiny fabric back to 1990s. Poufy skirts, poufy cap sleeves, and a little extreme, especially when combined with the teased hairstyles of the time. Some dresses were short, but if more than a few inches above the knee, they were deemed a little on the showy side.

2000s

00s prom fashion

2000s prom fashion

00’s prom styles were a little flashy, strapless, and showed some skin, while most of evening dresses were long, displaying at least a little bit of elegance. Sequins and mermaid cut were the most popular style for prom evening dresses then.

Now

prom fashion 2010s

peach pink illusion neck prom dress 2015

peach pink illusion neck prom dress 2015

Prom has come a long way since 1930s, and is now pretty much the defining moment in a young teen’s life. Peek-a-boo cutouts, high low hemline are two big trends for the past years, and would probably continue to be on the fashion stage for several years. Embrace sheer necklines and encrusted illusion backs this year and ready to turn heads at prom party 2015.