WHY I LOVE

MY PROM DRESS

InStyle (USA) - - Credits - Se­vi­gny stars in Lizzie, in the­aters Septem­ber 14.

by CHLOË SE­VI­GNY

Dur­ing my se­nior year I was su­per-al­ter­na­tive. It was 1993, and I had a shaved head, a nose ring, and a very an­drog­y­nous way of dress­ing. Ba­si­cally, I was a real weirdo at my con­ser­va­tive Con­necti­cut high school. But for some rea­son I wanted to wear some­thing el­e­gant to my se­nior prom. So I started look­ing through some of the dresses my mom had saved from her school dances, and I was im­me­di­ately drawn to this one be­cause of its un­usual shape. Turns out, it was also the dress my mom wore to her prom in the ’60s. I got ex­cited be­cause I knew no­body else at school would have a dress like it. And my mom got even more ex­cited be­cause I fi­nally wanted to wear some­thing fem­i­nine. It had no la­bel or lin­ing in it, but it fit me per­fectly when I tried it on. Some­how it felt clas­sic and mod­ern at the same time. When my mom wore the dress, she ac­ces­sorized with low pumps and a high updo. My take in­cluded a home­made vel­vet choker, stock­ings, a garter belt, and these per­fect vel­vet heels (they weren’t right for spring, but I loved them any­way). My date, Joey, dressed a lit­tle more tra­di­tional, but he had red tips in his hair, so he brought a bit of al­ter­na­tive too. We had a great night danc­ing. A lot of peo­ple rag on prom, but I al­ways thought it was mean­ing­ful. It was like my very own Pretty in Pink mo­ment.

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