Poll: Is The Prom Dress In Pretty In Pink Supposed To Be Hideous?

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I really regard this as one of life’s great mysteries.

One thing that everyone I have ever met seems to agree on is that the dress worn in the prom scene of Pretty in Pink is hideous. Just, deeply hideous. It doesn’t matter your age, your background, your personal taste, we all know this dress is awful, right? Right. I’m continually torn on whether or not this was intentional, though. Here are two ways of thinking about it:

1) Look, 1986 was a time when people were really experimenting with fashion and going against typical rules (like redheads wearing pink!). The  deliberate Reagen-era old fashioned neckline blended with futuristic details like the shoulder cut-outs seem to indicate that this could be seen as a pretty cool dress at the time. Or at least, the kind of cool dress that might be made by someone in high school who would ultimately become a fashion designer. You can say it’s horrible, but Jesus Christ, have you seen what Molly Ringwald wears in all John Hughes movies? It was just a product of the period. It was cool for that very specific period.

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This was also cool

2) Okay, no. John Hughes, the costume designer, or whoever was at the wheel of this crazy ship, knew that dress was hideous. But it’s supposed to show that unlike the other girls at Prom, Andie isn’t so much invested in looking appealing to other people so much as she’s interested in knowing who she is. The dress is a combination of her boss’s old gown from her cool job at a record store, along with what her father gave her, plus her own well honed sewing skills. The fact that she prioritized those things over looking “pretty” is what makes her admirable, and this reflected that. This ugly dress is being worn to show what a good person she is. 

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    • Amanda Chatel

      I loved this dress when I was a kid! Hell, I’d still rock it…

    • Sarah!

      I hated this dress. I’ve always hated it. I remember being just SO disappointed the first time I saw this movie. The dress is totally shapeless and just did nothing for her. Couldn’t she have taken it in at the waist, just a little?

    • Eve

      I second what Sarah! said– it needs a waist. If it had a waist, it would look strange and futuristic but still kind of attractive. But why the sack shape??

    • Krissy

      I don’t think those poll answers are mutually exclusive… I think the dress is hideous but it was cool at the time. & I totally second what Sarah! said, it needs a waist and I was terribly disappointed when that was the dress!

    • Sabrina

      I was super into all the clothes in this movie! I really like that they are hideous, but are so original. It makes a hideous outfit cool if the person wearing it can pull it off and look confident in it. Express yoself.

    • Sean

      The dress would need to be re-fitted so it wasn’t a baggy mess, but the design itself isn’t bad at all.

    • Galadriell

      Here’s the thing; she cut up this really great vintage dress to make that awful thing. That’s really what hurt so badly. The original dress was awesome!

    • Sam

      She took a very beautiful dress and turned it into a bag.