At first glance, this is “just” a prom photo from the 70s. On closer inspection, though, it’s remarkable how much amazingness fit into this one shot.
Shall we start with their hair? That they’ve both got shags going — even though the results are TOTALLY different?
Her look is, as I think we’re learning around here, quintessential 70s. I think she’s wearing glasses. And there is definitely a fine assortment of lace/applique plus buttons and giant corsage that, along with the dress’s soft cotton and length and style gives it that somewhere-between-Little-House-on-the-Prairie-and-tablecloth effect that all the girls wanted for reasons I will never understand.
Meanwhile, this very handsome man has got the ruffles, the wide lapels, the giant red boutonniere, and…is that a racing stripe down the leg? Did he steal his pants from the marching band? Is that why they’re too short?
Lastly — but not leastly — we have the setting. I mean, this is really something. I sort of get the sense that the prom people thought the brick would look a little like a castle. Don’t you? Isn’t that what all the regal adornments (i.e., the throne, the houseplants in gothic urns) are about? Except, um, I don’t think too many castles were made out of red bricks. And can you explain to me why there are giant playing cards sitting on the throne?
Was this a themed prom? Do you think those cards suggest gambling? Or…um…Well, what else could cards mean? They mean casino night. In the dark, red brick castle. For no reason! HAPPY PROM!