Stylist Kate Young on the first dress she fell in love with.

Bergdorf Goodman department store, New York City

My mom’s best friend got married the summer between my fourth and fifth grade years, and I was asked to be a flower girl.

[The bride] Val is super fancy; she’s a big reason I got into fashion. It was a serious, glamorous ‘80s wedding in Manhattan.

I grew up in a farmhouse in Pennsylvania, not far from New York City, but this was the first time I ever spent the night there. We stayed at The Plaza Hotel, and the day before the wedding my mom and I went shopping at Bergdorf Goodman.

A field of lavendar

The ceremony was super over the top, and the dresses were huge!

Mine was an off the shoulder white and lavender swiss dot dress with a ruffle piped in purple satin, and I wore a little clip in my hair made of lavender silk flowers.

It was a really important moment in my life. The bridesmaids wore off the shoulder lavender swiss dot dresses with matching hair clips, too.

Kate Young’s flower girl dress

Swiss dot is my favorite material, and my mom still has [my dress].

I was allowed to wear high heels — white peep toe kitten heel pumps that were divine. I wore them in my house for two months before the event, breaking them in. I think I had gloves, too.

I remember being in Bergdorf [the day before the wedding] and thinking,

‘I have to work here someday.
These women are everything.’

— as told to The Thick

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The Plaza Hotel, New York City