Eurovision 2013 – The Fashion Stakes

Last night’s 58 year old canard, the Eurovision song contest features a drab four chord load of instantly forgettable tunes.  But some interesting outfits.  I like the fact that more and more acts are choosing to wear long dresses instead of the commoner leather or short appliqued frock horrors of the past.

Best dressed would have gone to Ukraine (was it Ukraine?) for that pale pink strapless gown except for the dress-maker failing to account for hip movement resulting in an unattractive bulge that destroyed an otherwise perfect column.

In a neon pink ball gown straight out of Star Wars,  the Compere or shall we say commere’s outfit was good in close up, framing her cleavage and balancing the butterfly beehive, but with those Japanese sleeves and ugly panel missing in the skirt ruined what could have been a timelessly elegant classic gown.  A typical example of a dress designed by committee.

Denmark’s winning number was not just in the tune.  This pretty ballet length hanky hem dress suited the song, the singer and deserved its place at the top. Talking of hankys what about the handsome Armenian with the scarves?  Is this a future trend, guys, or was he promoting his sister’s accessory company?  Skirts anyone?

Did anyone else see a singer in silver sequins fall off the stage during the “visit Sweden” promo song?

Germany’s beige sequined pageant gown with the hi-low hemline didn’t work for me.  The stiffness of that heavily beaded fabric looked clumpy as she moved about the stage; hi-low hemlines work best in a soft flowing fabric.

Britain’s Bonnie Tyler – well…..who’s idea was it to put her in a black off the shoulder cat suit?  Didn’t suit her, didn’t suit the song.  What more can one say?

Finland’s wedding dress certainly fitted the tune but ruined by the pink over boots and the back group in red PVC pinafores – golden showers, anyone?

Estonia, my favourite.  An elegant strapless flowing white gown. Pregnant she may be, but the dress was beautifully balanced nonetheless.

The Skirt

 

It is said to have been discovered back in 3,900 B.C. in Armenia, in the form of a straw-woven skirt. These garments have been worn by men & women over the years in many different cultures. This is still alive today, some men in Scotland wear kilts, as do some Asian men wear what is called, the Dhoti or Lungi, a piece of material that is wrapped around the waist and knotted, resembling a skirt.

Women’s dresses started to become a lot more varied in the 19th century than in any other culture. Waistlines originally started under the bust, called the ‘Empire Silhouette’, and they started to drift towards the natural waist. The skirt had started of quite narrow, but was now moving towards styles like the Hoopskirt or Crinoline skirt. This was all taking place around 1860s.

Then, skirts took a radical change in the beginning of the 20th century – the hem was no longer at the floor. Around the 1920s skirts became short(er), then in the 1930s, long again. Then throughout the War, skirts became shorter as there was a fabric restriction at the time.

And of course what came into fashion in the 60s? The Miniskirt by Mary Quant. She had dared to create this item the measured normally no longer than 4inches below the bottom. These skirts were so popular, as they are today, worn by teenagers, young adults and can also be seen in sport, such as skaters, cheerleaders and tennis players.