The Most Iconic Prom Dresses In Film History

Coming of age films actually set the bar way too high for prom. No real-life high school had prom nights like in 10 Things I Hate About You or Footloose. The most realistic aspect of the senior proms portrayed by Hollywood is the dresses.

The dresses worn in some of the most memorable teen films defined generations. Prom dresses are a sign of the times and the most iconic ones can even set trends. Take a look back at the most memorable prom dresses and see which ones inspired your own senior dress.

Sandy From Grease Shined In Yellow

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Paramount Pictures/MovieStillsDB
Paramount Pictures/MovieStillsDB

One of the quintessential high school movies also features one of the quintessential prom dresses. Sandy’s pale yellow dress perfectly encapsulated the fifties. It was also a sign for how much of a goody two-shoes she really was at the start of the film.

The dress was light, airy, and allowed her to do every fifties dance move in the book. It would have been fun to see what prom dress she might have worn after she turned edgy.