Krista Siegfrids showed up in a bargain basement wedding dress. The Dorians wore denim from 1992. And Cezar Ouatu added Swarovski crystals to Count Dracula’s bed clothes. But in the end it was Serbia’s Moje 3 who scared the fashion police the most. That’s according to our friends at the House of Eurovision, who every year honor the contestant who dreams up the most appalling sartorial nightmare with its “Barbara Dex Award.” Named after Barbara Dex, the Belgian contestant who made her own dress in 1993, it’s become synonymous with f-ugly. You will not find any of the winners of Eurovison’s Next Top Model on this list.
Designed by Serbian designer Ana Ljubinkovic, who recently showed her collection at London Fashion Week, the costumes were meant to convey the optimistic message of the Serbian Eurovision entry “Ljubav je svuda” (Love is all around us). Some members of Team Wiwi loved them. And by that I mean me. Here’s what I had to say after seeing their costumes for the first time:
This trio of beauties showed up to their first dress rehearsal…looking real cute and oozing “1950s pin-up babe”. Their designer Ana Ljubinkovic has created outfits that still fit the good girl/bad girl/confused girl scenario, but that smack of sophistication and playfulness at the same time. The three backing vocalists wear light blue dresses with giant pearl droplets—again, a classy reference to 1950s style. It is a subtle reminder that the theme of the song—what to do when you’re in love—is timeless and spans generations.
Fellow wiwiblogger Deban wasn’t so keen. “It’s a HOT mess,” he wrote. Apparently Eurovision fans agreed with him, as they awarded victory to Sara, Mirna and Nevena in a landslide. Presumably they aren’t digging the mixed patterns, which occasionally give the impression that a cotton candy factory exploded in Belgrade. Or maybe they don’t like Nevena’s yellow-and-white striped panthalon, which scream “clown at circus”. In any event, we were sad to see them win the title.
But there is a silver lining. Fans appear to have forgiven Sara Jovanovic for this apparent fashion faux pas. She was named runner-up in wiwibloggs’ annual search for Eurovision’s Next Top Model yesterday. Nevena and Mirna finished fourth and fifth respectively.
- Serbia – 967 Votes
- Romania – 544 Votes
- Israel – 296 Votes
- Albania – 150 Votes
- Montenegro – 110 Votes
- Latvia – 79 Votes
- F.Y.R. Macedonia – 65 Votes
- Sweden – 49 Votes
- Belarus – 45 Votes
- Russia – 41 Votes
Photos: Eurovision.tv and the EBU