In the mid-1800s, polka dots found their way into the fashion industry, mainly appearing on accessories such as handkerchiefs, bow ties, and scarves. It wasn’t until the 1920’s that the trend truly began to play a featured role on garments. In 1926, Miss America, Norma Smallwood, was photographed in a polka dot swimsuit. Just two years later, Disney’s Minnie Mouse was introduced, with her famous red polka dot dress along with its matching bow. Polka dot dresses hit peak popularity in the 1950s and the spotty motif has maintained a special place in retro fashion with its playful, charming, and light-hearted allure. This year, polka dots are back in a big way, from being featured on the runways at New York Fashion Week to being a staple in the wardrobes of Hollywood Elite actresses, such as Alison Brie and Brittany Snow. For a classic and playful prom look consider a Polka Dot Prom Dress.