Monday, April 9, 2012

Beauty Queen

From proms to pageants and debutante balls, the iconic Beauty Queen embodies bittersweet nostalgia and the golden American Dream. Miss America's pulled from the Life Archives. The tragic Lisbon Sisters from Jeffrey Eugenides pen and Sofia Coppola's lens that go to their first and only Homecoming dance. The painfully beautiful exploration of femininity that was the recent spring couture from Valentino. Anonymous teenagers frozen in time during their prom. Equal parts unattainable and familiar, Johnny Cash describes her best. 
Miss America from the Life Archives

Live Through This by Hole

Kirsten Dunst and Josh Hartnett in The Virgin Suicides

Sissy Spacek in Carrie

Valentino Couture Spring 12

Kirsten Dunst in Drop Dead Gorgeous

Mariemont High School prom

Abbey Lee in profile, backstage at Prada Spring 12

Versus Spring 12 by Christopher Kane


The Virgin Suicides

Miss America 1964

The Lisbon sisters from The Virgin Suicides

All-night prom at Disneyland 1961

Valentino Couture Spring 12


Kirsten Dunst in Drop Dead Gorgeous

Angela Chase after the Halloween Hop in My So Called Life

Rodarte Spring 12

Miss America by Bill Eppridge

Lux Lisbon, the morning after. From The Virgin Suicides

Image Sources:, Life Archives, Google Image Search,

1 comment:

  1. Great post! I've loved all the pics, specially the ones of Kirsten, Carrie, the Life images and the Valentino dress is flawless, oh and Abbey Lee looks so cute in that pic too.

    Another lovely beauty queen was Laura Palmer on Twin Peaks ;)