What can we say about prom?
-Its roots go back to the 1920s
-It's a rite of passage
-It has been heteronormative
-It's also been segregated
-It can be appropriated
-It's a platform for politics
-It's a place where clothing speaks
And, what girls wear matters.
See Girlhood in 3D! Explore a model of the prom dress.
Girls have not only used fashion for self-expression, but also to promote social change. Isabella Aiukli Cornell, a Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma citizen, used her prom dress to call attention to the systemic violence and abuse faced by Indigenous women. She chose the color red in solidarity for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women's movement.