The Worst DIY Anti-Climax in History

One of the very first non-animated movies I remember watching as a kid was Pretty in Pink. I believe this movie triggered me to start DIYing. Unfortunately, it also teached me another lesson; Not all DIY projects will turn out good. In this case, it turned out horrific. I mean, even for the mid 80’s it must have been seen as fucking awful. When I watched it for the first time in the early 90’s people were wearing schrunchies, shiny flower patterned bike shorts and fanny packs like it was a perfectly normal thing to do – and I remember feeling dead inside when I saw it.

I am of course talking about the piece of crap sack dress Andie makes for the prom. Not only does she make an ugly dress, no, she also destroys a perfectly fine dress in the process!

During the course of the movie we get to see some awesome outfits worn by Andie. She talks about second hand shoe finds, how she’s made entire outfits all by herself and she hangs out in hip night clubs with her equally hip friends. We get the impression she’s one cool cat. The only exception is the granny dress she chooses to wear for her first date with that rich guy, but even that is over-shadowed by the prom dress from hell.

Andie initially gets the (soon to be unrecognizable) dress from her friend Iona. It’s very pretty and Iona seems very sentimental about it. She trusts Andie to take good care of it.

Then follows a video montage of the re-construction of the dress that leads us to believe that surely something absolutely amazing will come out of this!

Brainstorming for ideas. I like the outside the box-thinking in the bottom right frame.

That’s a nice vase you just drew.

Oh, wait, is that a sketch for the dress? Well, I guess the final product will look much better…

Deconstruction Initiated!

Ok… Maybe you should ease up a little on the cutting and tearing…


Stop it. I can hear the fabric break through the movie stills.

Ok, Last one.

Good. Finally getting the pieces together, about time! Can’t wait for the final result!!!


And then…




What the hell did you do with Iona’s beloved dress??!! Woman, ARE YOU INSANE?! What are you smiling about?! I want to die.

Pretty in Pink Prom Scene

I get it that the dress is supposed to be edgy and avant garde or whatever, but that shapeless form makes the otherwise super-pretty Molly Ringwald look like a sad pink banana.

Watching the end scenes also makes me wonder if the title of the movie Pretty in PINK is supposed to refer to this monstrosity. If that’s the case… Well… My god…



The Worst DIY Anti-Climax in History — 7 Comments

  1. This blog is hilarious. I was watching Pretty In Pink with my friend and I googled the prom dress. We literally laughed our ass off. Thanks!

  2. I have ALWAYS hated the dress! I felt the same as a kid; I was expecting something amazing from an already adorable dress but nope. Every once in a while over the years, I’ll watch it again hoping maybe the style has come near full-circle and I’ll see how it was really supposed to look, but I just watched it again and needless to say I found this post. By the way, love your blog :)

    • Yeah, sometimes I even feel like that dress ruins the whole movie. It’s like she’s dressing ugly just to spite people, but the dress is introduced into the movie as if it was the most fantastic thing ever. Id don’t know, it’s very confusing…lol.


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