I don’t know how many of you are already thinking about prom 2013, but if you are, why not look to the movies for inspiration? Sure, you might not be taking Heath Ledger or Viktor Krum to your dance, but you can definitely still look like a star. I’ve compiled some of my favorite (and the more memorable) cinematic prom dresses for your reference.
1. Kristen Stewart in Twilight (2008). I am not a Twi-hard, but I feel slightly obligated to include Bella Swan’s prom dress in this list. The dress itself is quite pretty, but the styling is what makes it unique: Kristen wore her dark blue ruffled dress with Converse Chuck Taylors and a conservative (bordering on grandmotherly) sweater. I wouldn’t recommend the sweater, but I can totally go for the unusual shoes. Pictured here: a Dalia MacPhee Gown.
2. Drew Barrymore in Never Been Kissed (1999). She goes to her dance as Rosalind from Shakespeare’s As You Like It in an ornate and elaborate costume. The Topshop Crochet Trim Silk Gown would be perfect for anyone trying to emulate the fantasy vibe of Drew’s dress.
3. Sissy Spacek in Carrie (1976). Hopefully, your prom won’t end as Carrie’s does, but pig blood aside, her dress is quite pretty. A simple pink sheath dress is as stylish today as it was in the ’70s. I think the Hailey by Adrianna Papell High/Low Chiffon Dress would make your night equally memorable (but for the right reasons!).
4. Julia Stiles in 10 Things I Hate About You (1999). For those of you wanting simplicity and timelessness, I’d recommend looking to Kat Stratford for inspiration. Her empire-waisted gown is elegant and sophisticated. Check out the Calvin Klein Embellished Charmeuse Gown (Patrick Verona not included).
5. Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino in Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (1997). Don’t worry, I’ve included something for the edgier girls out there, too! The dynamic duo in this classic chick flick turn up to their prom bedecked in leather and lace and ready to dance to Madonna. The Jessica McClintock Illusion Yoke Ruched Jersey Minidress totally captures the rocker vibe.
6. Emma Watson in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005). Yes, I am a Harry Potter fanatic, and I adore Emma Watson. So naturally, I’ve included her stunning ruffled dress from the Yule Ball. You can actually buy duplicates of her dress, but I really like the Sean Collection Beaded Waist Strapless Ball Gown because of its similar ombré effect. Now all I need to find is a hunky Quidditch player/Tri-Wizard champion as my date…
7. Molly Ringwald in Pretty in Pink (1986). In the classic teen movie, Molly Ringwald shows up to prom in her homemade pink dress to reconcile her friendship with Duckie and eventually get Blaine. The homemade approach might work for some, but the cut-out shoulders, high neck and polka dots aren’t my favorites. However, the Faviana Embellished Cross Back Chiffon Gown will ensure that you are just as pretty in pink.
So, how does my list stack up? Do you have a favorite cinematic prom dress?
P.S.: Stay tuned for our upcoming post showcasing the best red-carpet trends from the Screen Actors’ Guild awards, the Golden Globes and the Oscars.