Bubble skirts were cool! My mom made one for me out of houndstooth fabric when I was a younger teen, and it was kind of a big deal for me...my first piece of "couture"! :rofl:
Basically, anything bold was popular then--bold and chunky jewelry, bold colors, bold clothes! The ruffled skirts were popular then. They were usually mini-skirts with maybe three layers of ruffles. Butterick has a pattern that might be helpful...it's not exact, but maybe it can pass for an '80's skirt. Lamé was a popular fabric for party dresses as well as satin. For my high school dances, strapless was usually pretty popular, although I'm not sure who figured that putting a developing woman's bust into a strapless dress would make for a good idea! :rofl: We would wear lots of rhinestone jewelry with these dresses, and if you wanted to be really fancy-schmancy, you could wear elbow-length gloves or lace gloves. Madonna influenced a lot of the '80's fashion. Layers of jewelry were popular too. We'd pore over our Seventeen magazines and oogle over the Gunne Sax dresses! :teehee: If you can find old reruns of the short-lived '80's sitcom, "Square Pegs", or even "The Facts of Life", these can be helpful, as well as old John Hughes' movies: Sixteen Candles, Weird Science, The Breakfast Club. Am I dating myself here? :oops: My sister had a dress almost exactly like Madonna's dress in her "Material Girl" video minus the bow in the back, if that helps to paint a picture.
Since we're talking about dresses--please everybody, don't laugh!--I posted a couple of my prom pictures if it'll help. I didn't include the guys I went with since we were talking about dresses. The names have been changed to protect the innocent! :rofl: The green dress you might not be able to see a lot of detail in the picture because of the lighting, but it was kind of "Carmen Miranda"-ish in that it was short in the front and went longer in the back and had a ruffle around the bottom (I think this was a Vogue pattern) similar to this current Vogue pattern style. The burgundy dress had a detachable dotted tulle overlay skirt so you could wear it straight or with the overlay--very cool! Hope some of my rantings helped a bit! :oops: