by Kristine Schmucker, HCHM Curator
Area schools are holding their proms, giving students a chance to dress up. No doubt the styles of prom dresses have changed over the years. In our collection we have a dress worn at Newton High’s prom in 1963.
The yellow princess style dress was worn by Marjean Westfahl Werner. She recalled that she went to Wichita to buy the dress.
The princess style dress was popular in the 1950s. The style was slightly modified in the early 1960s with shorter-to the knee length instead of floor length.
Also known as bouffant, popular colors were gold, silver, yellow, and white. Under slips were worn to achieve the bouffant look.
Dresses cost around $19.98.
Patterns were also available.
What style was popular when you went to school?