Remember that big reveal in Pretty in Pink, where Molly Ringwald finally gets to go to prom in the customized dress of her dreams? But instead of seeing Andie in a gorgeous jaw-dropping pink gown, we got this:
Turns out, Molly Ringwald felt just like we did. Yup, she hated the dress. Loathed it. Despised the thing so much, she cried upon seeing it for the first time. It’s not prom unless there are tears, in real life or otherwise.
In a piece penned for Teen Vogue, Ringwald opens up about the ill fitting frock. “When I saw the dress for the first time, I burst into tears,” she writes. “The puffy sleeves and inverted-triangle, sack-like silhouette confounded me.”
Despite Ringwald seriously disliking the dress, the 1986 flick went on to be a hit. It’s still one of those films we catch ourselves watching again and again and again.
The iconic fashion looks (there were some great ones) were the handiwork of wardrobe stylist Marilyn Vance, someone whom Ringwald adored, praising her for doing a “fantastic job of interpreting my personal style for my character, Andie.” But Ringwald had a whole lot on her plate back in ’86. She wasn’t just starring in a movie, but getting her high school diploma off screen.
“I don’t know if I was swayed by Marilyn’s passion when she talked me through the sketches, or distracted by the Algebra final I was preparing to take in my trailer in between scenes,” Ringwald writes. “But whatever the reason, I signed off on the design.”
But time makes the heart grow fonder — even with clothes. “Though I never thought I’d admit it, I’ve come to appreciate the dress: It’s unlike anything else, and memorable in a way that a more conventionally pretty option would not have been,” she writes.
So where’s the dress now? “To the best of my knowledge, it’s locked away in a wardrobe vault at the studio,” she writes. “At least I hope it is. If I’d had it my way, I would have burned the dress on the Paramount back lot as soon as they yelled the last ‘Cut! Print!'”
And while we agree with Ringwald for most part, we’re pretty glad she didn’t.