Over the years my fashion taste has changed dramatically. Most of the things I wore in the 1980s have long been evicted from my closet and only live through photographs. There are, however, two dresses from 1986 that I have been unable to part with - not because of the shape or design of either dress, but because of the fabrics.
The first dress is the one I wore to the Father/Daughter dance my senior year in high school.
The second one I found a few months later when I was job hunting. I came home that night and told my parents that I hadn't found a job, but I found the most amazing dress at Laura Ashley and it was being held for me. It's hard to imagine that I ever thought THIS was hot. Ugh - look at those sleeves. (when it's ironed, those are some seriously puffy sleeves!) It came with a three inch sash of the same fabric that tied into a HUGE bow in the back. Hideous.
While the dresses are seriously dated, I think the fabrics are fabulous:
The fabrics would make nice pillows, curtains, etc. And maybe before the dresses hit the "30 year mark" I will have repurposed the fabric.