I had originally purchased a full lace dress complete with four tiers of ruffles. However, perhaps after consuming too much champagne the night before, I had decided that it was too awesome and potentially wearable to don for the party. So, I ventured into my mother's pageant wardrobe from two decades ago. My beautiful mother represented Canada in the Mrs. World Pageant in 1987. Yep, that's right. Sash, tiara and all.
The clothes that survived that era made for one hilarious fashion show. They also proved that, alas, my 29 year old mother had a much smaller waist than I have today....at 27. After modelling all the flashiest gowns, I settled on this gold stunner. It was a delicate matter explaining to my mother that I needed the dress so I would be a shoo-in for Best/Worst Dressed.
After sitting in it for 4 hours, a small rash appeared on my chest and arms - a small price to pay for glamour.