April 19, 1987 |
For boys and girls in high school, proms are magical, creating for some perhaps their best memories of high school life. Proms also are among the biggest expenses of their high school years. Tuxedos, gowns, clothing accessories, tickets, flowers and photographs add up to quite a sum even without the costs of hired cars and after-prom parties After she totaled the expenses and shopped with her daughter Nicole for a gown last year, Lorri S. Antonelli of Media came up with a new business - prom-gown rentals.
January 10, 1990 |
Barbara Bush, saying, "I love this dress and I really hate to give it up," formally presented the sapphire-blue gown she wore to her husband's Inaugural ball last January to the Smithsonian Institution yesterday. Bush, wearing a purple knit dress by Arnold Scaasi, who also designed the gown, thanked him and hairdresser Yves Graux. Referring to her eye disorder, she praised them for making "me feel like I looked good. Everybody knows I've had a dumb year, with pop-eyes and all sorts of weird things.
May 29, 1986 |
A daring rescue may be at hand in the incredible true story of Nancy Reagan's Amazing Growing Gown. Nancy Reagan's swanky floor-length inaugural gown is now more than floor length. It's grown over the toes of her evening slippers. If you don't believe it, go see for yourself on the second floor of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. But, thanks largely to cartoonist Garry Trudeau, creator of the popular Doonesbury comic strip, and the generosity of a compassionate nation, help may be at hand.
June 12, 1998 |
Esther Payne Thorp, 88, a lifelong resident of North Wales and the retired owner of a gown shop, died Monday at the Suburban Woods rehabilitation center in East Norriton Township. As a dress designer, she had worked for Alfred Angelo, a well-known Philadelphia bridal gown retailer. She opened her own business, Gowns by Esther, on Walnut Street in North Wales in 1960 and operated the shop until retiring in 1991. Mrs. Thorp graduated from the former North Wales High School and from Philadelphia's Moore College of Art, where she majored in dress design.
April 30, 2011 |
It would be easy to say Kate Middleton's gorgeous, lacy Alexander McQueen bridal gown was like that of Philadelphia's own Grace Kelly. But then you wouldn't acknowledge how Middleton's timing makes her choice much more charming. She did, after all, don a modest ivory look after nearly two decades of brides in strapless, cleavage-baring, stark white dresses. Compared with other royal wedding examples, Middleton chose a shorter veil, and the borrowed-from-the-Queen tiara and the teardrop earrings by Robinson Pelham gave the look a classic, millennial twist.
May 3, 1987 |
The high school's annual prom fashion show had just ended when Mike Hightower strode to the front of the cafeteria at Rancocas Valley Regional and grabbed the disc jockey's microphone. "Excuse me, excuse me, can I have your attention please," the senior asked as he waited for the noisy lunchroom to become quiet. "I was wondering if Lynn Hoyer would like to go with me to the prom. " Off to the side of the room came a squeal of surprise from Hoyer, the class treasurer, followed by excited hugs from her friends.
April 28, 1988 |
Everything was going right for Nancy Gildein and her fiance, Charles Shustack, as they made final preparations for their July 30 wedding. A happy Gildein, 22, picked up her gown last week, taking care of one major chore. On Saturday, she placed the gown, her new luggage loaded with clothing and some cash in the back seat of her car before driving to her job on Frankford Avenue near Sellers Street in Frankford. She was going to drop off the gown and other items at her new apartment in the Ashton-Woodenbridge area after work.
July 19, 1988 |
One of the seven worst situations any woman can find herself in is the one where it's, say, less than 10 days before New Year's, or the cousin's wedding, or the company Christmas party, or maybe even her own wedding, and she's mushing frantically through the malls, hysteria mounting, because she absolutely has to find something to wear - now. One of the other seven, which usually results from the one above, is when she shows up at the whoop-de-doo in...
April 30, 2006 |
Britney, J. Lo, Christina Aguilera, even (gasp!) Star Jones. These red-carpet brides - and what they wear on their wedding day - are influencing women awaiting their turn in front of the paparazzi (er, wedding photographer). "A lot of what girls are looking at, unfortunately, is the red carpet. It can be good and tasteful. Or bad," says Juli Alvarez, fashion editor at Modern Bride magazine. Case in point is the celeb-inspired two-dress phenomenon: one gown for the ceremony, another for the reception.
May 11, 2011 |
When brides spend countless hours finding - and then fitting into - the perfect wedding dress, it's no wonder they eventually have that pricey number professionally cleaned and packed away for future family heirloom status. But more women are taking a decidedly different approach to preservation: trashing the dress, and documenting it. Whether it's days or years after the big bash, former brides are letting loose for edgy photo shoots in which the dress is trashed (by mud, grass, paint, water, urban grime, sand)