At the beginning of the great camp masterpiece "Showgirls," there is a scene when our heroine arrives in Las Vegas under a sign that advertises “HUGE STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE.” In the days that I watched this film on a near-weekly basis whilst drinking with friends -- a practice that functioned not unlike the Rocky Horror Picture Show viewings of my youth -- the response was always the same, “IS THAT A DESSERT OR A DANCER?”
As if the movie knew we would ask this question, moments later, inside the casino, we get the most fleeting glimpse of a background actor dressed, it would seem, as HUGE STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE would dress if she WERE a dancer, and this mysterious pink-clad stranger always lingered in our minds. Who is she? What is her story? And most importantly, where did she get that dress?
I've never found that dress. But I have found something close to it, from adorable plus-size boutique Domino Dollhouse: the Birthday Bash dress.
Maybe this isn't for everyday wear. Unless, perhaps, you work as a showgirl. Sure, it looks like something my childhood Barbies would have fought over. But it's fun! And we shouldn't always need a special occasion to don cotton-candy ruffles and pretend it's our damn birthday, right?
The Birthday Bash Dress comes in sizes 16 to 28, and can be yours for $169.99.