"A few months before my senior prom, four other girls from my class and I were asked to model in a prom fashion show at a department store in our local mall. We got to choose the dresses we modeled, but most importantly, we got a discount on whichever one we wanted to wear to prom.
On the day of the fitting, we all scattered across the dress floor like we were on some scavenger hunt, looking for the golden ticket, the perfect dress—naturally, I chose one that was in the contemporary section, not the prom dress section. At the time, the prom looks were so fluffy and princess-y and taffeta-y and so not my thing! The guy running the event wasn't thrilled that I didn't want to model an actual prom dress for a prom dress fashion show, but he gave in after some pleading on my part.
The dress was Laundry by Shelli Segal and to me it looked like the album cover for an '80s new wave band mixed with Betty Rubble. It was total love at first sight and at first try-on. I knew that no one else would wear it, so I wouldn’t have an awkward, who-wore-it-best encounter. To contrast the modern look of the dress, I wanted to go really retro on my beauty look. I bought MAC red lipstick and liquid liner (I thought I was being so fancy!) and went to a salon to get '40s-era waves. It all seemed to turn out okay except for the fact that I put on way too much blush! I look like I’m having a bit of an allergic reaction in this photo!" -Maura Lynch, senior beauty editor