So what is it that makes prom such a popular past-time? Could it be the chance to dress like royalty, or the sophistication of sitting and dining with your peers? It could be the American depiction of such events that sparked the worldwide phenomenon, as everyone remembers watching American TV shows and feeling jealous of the classic high school proms that were held from California to North Dakota.
Movies like the 1976 horror classic Carrie which used a prom setting for its most memorable scene, earned $14.5 Million after tremendous box office success and sparked a wild interest in the prom phenomenon as we know it.
Although it was not documented until the 1930s and '40s, there is evidence to suggest that proms occurred as early as the late 1800s!
Everyone that has grown up in the UK remembers the awkward school discos in the early years, and perhaps the excitement of school proms at the end of GCSEs or sixth form. But, it wasn't until the early 2000s that the prom whirlwind began to take over. In 2012 the Telegraph reported that a whopping 85% of UK schools held proms every year.
To this day there are teenagers everywhere hunting for the perfect outfit or looking for the perfect venue to hold an event that they will remember for the rest of their lives. Proms these days are the norm for young people everywhere, but I think it is important to remember the rich history of where it all began.