Proms emerged from the popularity of high society, upper-class debutante balls. Girls in white dresses, perfect hair and white gloves would be introduced to the social dating scene.
Claire Suddath of Time Magazine US (website) states: “The word prom is short for promenade, the formal, introductory parading of guests at a party. The prom can be traced back to the simple co-ed banquets that 19th century American universities held for each year’s graduating class. A growing teenage culture pushed proms younger and younger, and by the 1940s the adolescent dance we know today had almost entirely taken hold.
In the 1950s, a thriving postwar economy allowed high schools to eschew the traditional gymnasium in favor of proms held in hotels or at country clubs. President Kennedy rescheduled a 1963 $1,000-a-plate fundraiser at the Beverly Hilton to accommodate a local school whose prom had been booked for the same time.
In 1975, President Ford’s daughter Susan held her high school’s senior prom at possibly the best prom location ever: the White House.” http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1987594,00.html
GLAM PROM DRESSES ON A BUDGET:
When you’re shopping for a Prom dress on a budget, a Good resource is Goodwill. Go to your nearest Goodwill retail store and check out the gowns section. When you purchase your dress or any item from Goodwill, more than 90 cents of every dollar goes to furthering the mission of – Helping people with employment barriers to reach their full potential and become self sufficient. The Prom dresses featured in this write-up will be available at Goodwill Goes GLAM! in August.