During the last two or three days I have read the word "prom" at least 150 times here and there on blogs and sites. I know, it's that time of the year...
Living in Italy I never had a Prom or any sort of school ball and by the way I bet I could have hated it when I was in the Art School! But now that I'm 27 I probably spend way too much time on Memory Lane and I often think of what I missed as a teen, having sometimes some guilty guilty secret dreams...it's a Sliding Doors world, there are memories and "missed opportunities".
Having studied cinema, the biggest part of my imagery is built around movies. A few times I'm the cinephile girl who like certain movies for their artistic qualities, but more than this I'm the everyday girl who - like probably everyone else - loves certain others simply because she grew up watching them or they're in some way near to her heart. I promise I'll tell you about them soon, but now I'm about to write on Prom, so I'll let the music starts!
In my sick mind the perfect school ball is not a "2008 Prom". My personal idea of perfection is a mix of (often kitschy kitschy) images from past decades, first of all 50s and 80s, but there is also something from 70s and 90s. I combine Grease, Molly "Pretty In Pink" Ringwald movies, Brian De Palma's Carrie, The Virgin Suicides and Beverly Hills 90210 (an obsession in this period, evidently).
Does this sounds awful and scary enough?!?
I like a lot the idea of themed parties and I thought I'd like a lot to have one with the theme "the Prom we never had" or "we always dreamt about" (even if I'm actually the only one who dream about a school ball!), where everyone could mix decades and personal stereotypical details.
As inspiration, I searched on Flickr for some Prom couples and obviously I found tons. Don't know exactly why but most of all I found photos from 1989 (I'm delighted, of course!). Old photos, past times...Aren't these crazily nice?
This last is so wonderfully Virgin Suicides...
Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9