This dress represents the femininity that Gene's mother wants her to have. Gene does not wear a lot of dresses, she prefers dressing as a boy. Gene's mother wants her to be the perfect woman to find a suitable husband and to help her family move up from their current social class. The dress represents who Gene's mother wants her to be, "Mother had forced me to wear a horrible confection of a dress, with froths of white lace and a wide pale-pink sash high around my corseted waist" (Lam, 79).
Renaissance Victorian Gothic Lolita/Marie Antoinette/civil war/Southern Belle Ball Gown Dress -Replace the white with some other color and it's beautiful! Description from pinterest.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images