My school formal was in 1989. My dress was light green, made by my mum, off the shoulder,noisy rustling taffeta.
I still have it in my wardrobe but my daughter sadly wouldn't wear it for her formal this Friday!
I've no idea why not?
My formal night was like a comedy film. I didn't have a lot of friends in my grade but went to formal anyway.
I went on the bus (due to the no friends thing, so therefore noone to goes shares in a limo with!) and when getting on I stood on the front of my dress and ripped a small hole in the seam.
Our formal was being held at Newstead House in Brisbane (we wanted it to be on The Island but the teachers wouldn't be in that for some reason?).
On the way there, they bus broke down in Fortitude Valley and we ended up sitting in our formal dresses and suits on the stairs of a tiny church. We waited a long time for a replacement bus, everyone who had arrived by limo had already started eating by the time we got there.
The best part of the whole night was being able to go outside and see the river. Newstead house is lovely and we had photos taken outside with a backdrop of the river and also of the back of the building.
When the photos came back (back in the time when you had to wait for photos, and there weren't 120 other cameras there) 5 people's photos were not there, of course mine were missing.
My Mum took some photos of me before I left home and while I have one, it's double exposed.
So I don't have any decent photos of me taken that night with my lovely green eyeshadow.
I do have one taken at my Grandmothers house the next week.
I can't remember what we ate and I don't remember dancing but I'm sure they played "Dressed for Success" and "Tucker's Daughter".
I do remember the toilets as I spent some time in there as I started feeling unwell.
I had lots of mozzie bites on my uncovered shoulder by the end of the night.
I remember the trip back on the bus too, feeling more and more sick.
The next day I woke up covered from head to toe in Chickenpox. I was so sick over the next few days I was delirious and I couldn't attend graduation properly. I missed most of the last week of school.
Hopefully my daughter's formal this Friday will not be quite so eventful!
Here's a photo of her wearing my dress. It fit her back in 2009 when she was 14, doesn't fit her now she's 17.