When I was in 8th grade, my English teacher decided to show us the movie (remember: English is my second language). I fell in love again. I bought the video with my baby-sitting money and watched it every afternoon after school for a good two months (I know every line by heart). I would wear a loose shirt and a vest over jeans, and flat leather shoes as often as I could, to dress just like Sarah (I was always a costumer). Sure my clothes were often qualified of "So last decade", but I was already a reject, so I might as well be a happy one.
In 9th grade, I even tried to make a Jareth inspired costume for a Halloween party: my mom let me use an old black silk shirt that I tried (but failed miserably) to transform into a tailcoat, which I wore over black legging and a white shirt. As a kid, my mom had made me two jabot type accessories to wear with white shirts. They were pieces of fabric with lace sewn to them and had a buttonhole to attach them to the shirt collar. One was long and square and the other was a half circle, so I wore both for this costume. Finally, I tried to do some blue makeup on my eyes, I used my crimping iron on my hair, added some blue streaks with hair mascara. Because I had long, straight hair, it looked bad loose, so I tied them in a ponytail instead. The result was a failure of epic proportions. No one at the party could even venture a guess as to what I was supposed to be dressed as. Asked Nancy-Raven, she was there (although knowing her, she probably doesn't remember).
But of course, what every little girl who ever loved that movie really wants is the ball gown.
Knowing that I would one day wish to make that dress, I bought an 80's wedding dress pattern some years ago: Burda Couture #4815. The sleeves would need to be modified, but for the rest, it's a good base for this look.
Now let's all watch the Ball scene and dream once more.