Prom spoken by Tim Curry using his A Series of Unfortunate Events reading-voice.
Prom with its scurrying and hurrying flurry of excitement about who will be seen with whom and the plight and the doom thereafter.
Prom with its too tight too shiny too too too-ness whizzing by in a stretch limousine woofers-thumping hot-tubness.
Prom with its unfortunate accidents of excess indulgence.
Now Please Imagine the New and Improved Prom Date: A Stack of Books. No worries of the cummerbund or tie or boutonniere matching your dress and corsage.
The books won't vomit on you after too many post-prom liquor-infused melon-balls.
The books won't grope you as the lights dim, or sneak a feel as they pin your corsage... they have no hands with which to do these things. Books are full of page after page of goodness and knowledge. Books don't look at you - with disappointment because you don't want to do what they want you to do and they do not frown when you don't look like they want you to look. A book is a book and you are in charge of choosing it wisely and can very easily drop it in the library's book-drop if you don't like it. Can you do that with any other prom date? I think not... although, it might be nice.
For a start, if you'd like a prom date who does all the talking - look for any of Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events audiobooks - some are narrated by Tim Curry.
Here is an imaginary prom photo - imagined by Toile La La... maybe it is Toile La La - in another time, or dimension... all the details are not quite there... the scene (typical of imagined time) is hazy.
|Books: The New Prom Date - illustrated by Toile La La at Art Fashion Creation, February 2013.|
A large park - somewhere in France, not in the hustle and bustle... but somewhere discreet. The early morning is crisp with fog - with droplets of moisture in the atmosphere. It's chilly enough for the complexion to produce a natural blush and glow. The sky: grey-white with puffs of dove-blue clouds - rain is in the forecast, but still hours away.
Someone has thoughtfully canopied a grove of trees. Lush, green nature provides the prom scenery. Scattered among verdant leaves and fragrant flora are elegant sofas.
Birdsong and the sound of fountains decorate the air.
The Look Here:
Hair - Marie Antoinette piled-high with powder. Embellished with pink velvet flowers and silver leaves.
Maquillage - Silver eye-gloss, silver lip-creme... nothing else.
Scent - peppermint, spearmint, clove.
Sofa - Porcelain-pink high gloss scrollwork, linen vintage toile print.
Dress - Bisque white taffeta with pale tulle overlays, black velvet ruched waist - accented with dove-blue velvet rose and black tulle flourish.
Gloves - Porcelain pink soft, brushed cloth.
The Footwear and The Books are concepts with potential, still being imagined.
This imagined foot attire is - in concept - like boxer's fist-bindings, but the fit is comfortable and secure... "mummy boots" is a name that comes to mind. Mummy Boots are soft and suede-like with visible wrappings, zip-on or slip-on: a dancer's best friend. Dance in them for hours, then get back to your books.
Why don't you create your own date? Write some books or fill them with sketches or make fake books from trompe l'oeil-ed packages or papier mache.
Stay tuned for DIY prom-formal fashion ideas in an upcoming Art Fashion Creation post.
(And here they are - all 25! Ideas for creating your own look from head to toe... you don't even have to sew.)
And now... a poem:
VOM... IT.But not with a stack of books for a prom date.