For most girls, the high-school prom is all about the dress. The hunt for the perfect dress starts months in advance, followed by weeks of finding the perfect accessories. Here are 5 of the most iconic prom dresses in movie and TV history to help inspire you when on the hunt.
Sandy Olsen, Grease
One of the biggest hits of the 70s, Grease had all the ingredients needed to make a killer romantic musical: a very talented cast, excellent songs, and a perfect love story. It is no wonder then that every aspect of the classic has come under intense scrutiny over the years, including Olivia Newton John’s wardrobe. The dress Sandy wore at the prom was classic 50s indeed; it was white and struck the perfect balance between sexy and classy.
Cordelia Chase, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
No matter how you look at it, there is no denying that Cordelia Chase was the queen bee at Sunnydale High. She may have dated her share of nerds and geeks, but that did not make her any less cool; in fact, it boosted her status even more. No surprises then that for prom night, Cordelia wore a stunning dress that was worthy of a red-carpet Hollywood premier, let alone a high-school prom. Doing glam without looking tacky? You can take a few pointers from Miss Chase.
Regina George, Mean Girls
The leader of the Plastics is probably the best mean girl in the movie; you don’t have to love Regina George, but you can understand and sympathize with her. Strictly speaking, it wasn’t a prom at the end of the movie, rather a spring-fling. But hey! Apples and oranges. Fact of the matter is Regina George looked stunning even with a neck brace on. In fact, she used flower wreaths to incorporate it into her prom look! If that is not the move of a fashion genius, I don’t know what is.
Andie McPhee, Dawson’s Creek
When people talk proms and Dawson Creek, everyone drools about Joey’s black dress. It’s not bad, but isn’t the best either. In all honesty, Andie’s purple dress doesn’t get all the love it deserves. It was easily the classiest dress at the prom and someone like Andie, way mature for her age, was the right person to pull it off. Sadly, the dress was let down by poor hair and equally bad makeup choices; goes to show that it’s not all about the dress.
Buffy Summers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
A second contestant from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and this time, it’s the slayer herself. Yes, Cordelia Chase looked absolutely glamorous in her brilliant dress, which was probably designed by a fancy French or Italian designer. However, she had the whole day to prepare for the prom. Buffy had to fight evil monster thingies and rush to make it to the high school prom. And yet, Buffy pulls off an amazingly classy strapless dress. Defeating evil and looking stunning? All in a day’s work for Sarah Michelle Gellar.
Prom dresses, especially like the ones featured here, can get pretty expensive. However, it is possible to buy customized dresses that are perfect for you.