Year: unknown, but Imma guess 1982
Oh, on the surface of it, you’ve got your average Promtacular! elements. Shared hairstyles, two people who take feathering VERY seriously. A giant shoulder-corsage so large it looks as though it’s physically weighing her left side down.
An inexplicable backdrop.
But um? I am gravely serious and concerned when I ask, What is happening here? This sad photo with its cellar floor and stark blue backdrop makes me yearn for the days of Mardi Gras masks or lighted brown cardboard rainbows. And what on EARTH are they wearing?
I am going to call the folks in this picture Todd and Margaret.
And I sort of wonder if Todd and Margaret’s prom was held in Margaret’s parents’ basement at 2 o’clock in the afternoon as part of their regular Bible Study. Where they served Hi-C and Oreos.
OR? Maybe Todd and Margaret decided to go to prom in costume instead of prom attire, and that — for some reason? — the costumes they chose were those of Working Stiffs. That gray suit and tie is just…so middle manager at IBM 25 years ago. And Margaret’s dress has an air of Steno Pool about it, no?
In which case all that’s missing from the background is Todd’s square, brown faux-leather briefcase and Margaret’s giant white Reebok sneakers for wearing during her commute.
And yet, instead of briefcase and sneakers we get a fence and skis. Because…
…because I have no idea.
SERIOUSLY. WTF IS GOING ON HERE?
Ponder it over the weekend and get back to me.