Once again, I must state emphatically: “I am not a girly-girl!” I’m not one of those gals who sat home waiting for Mr. Right to ask her to the senior prom. In fact, I was so fed up with school by the time my senior prom rolled around, I ditched. I’m one of those folks who gets sort of bored easily (uh oh, can we say ADD?) and so I tend to get antsy as things reach their end point. When something’s over, it’s over. Just put it out of its misery and move onto the next exciting adventure. I’m really not for dragging things out, if I can help it.
However, it’s prom season, as my good friend Miguel the DJ informs me every time I try to book him for another graduation party. For him, prom season starts in March! Ca-ray-zee. If I remember back to my school days (and I admit, this was some time ago), the prom was always the last big thing of the year, before finals and graduation. I have images of it happening in the late spring, like mid to end of May -- but then, my brain could be addled by time.
Which brings me to the point of this blog: creative prom attire!
This morning when I signed onto my AOL account I was immediately drawn to one of their front page news items. (Although I’m an avid Gmailer, I have an old account with AOL that I still check every morning. I can’t help but get sucked in by the “rag mag” quality that AOL’s front page has embraced for the past few years; it’s all gossip, all the time -- which I find fascinating!) The article was about a senior who had made her dress entirely out of cardboard.
Evidently this creative young lady has been making her prom dress since her sophomore year. Her first was a dress entirely made out of Doritos bags! I love her spunk. High school is such a hard age, where looking good and fitting in often take precedence over Calculus and Biology class. Finding a young gal who embraces her own fearless creativity as readily as she does is refreshing. What strikes me the most is how incredibly fashionable the dresses are. Her soda pop top dress from her junior year is actually quite stunning - and from a distance looks like haute couture (well, at least my version of haute couture, which is limited to old Madonna outfits and Oscar dresses).
My other favorite imaginative prom outlet is the “Stuck at the Prom” competition held by Duck Brand tape every year. If you haven’t ever checked out the site, it’s a must see. The clothes these kids design, in hopes of winning a college scholarship, are off the hook! There’s everything from ruffley gowns that look like they belong on the set of “Gone with the Wind,” to skin tight mini dresses that make you think twice about ditching your black leather. I believe this contest started in 2001, and from the looks of the amazing gallery, the kids just get more inspired every year. Still, it’s fun to look back to the dawn of the duct tape revolution, when the colors were limited to drab old silver, black, and red!
The thing about it is, it takes guts to wear something that’s a bit off, even more guts to wear something you’ve designed yourself, and even more guts still to wear something designed out of a household object. I suppose shows like Project Runway have helped to ease the stigma of the “homemade” dress a bit, but we still live in a society that is ruled by the labels we wear - and no matter how you slice it, a Dorito bag and a roll of duct tape are not Abercrombie and Fitch.
So I applaud you Marua Pozek, from Missouri, you and all the other talented, creative, and daring kids out there who are finding fun and interesting ways to attire themselves for the prom. May you dance the night away -- without any wardrobe malfunctions!