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.
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I got excited because I knew nobody else at school would have a dress like it.