Mariya Yaremchuk, Ukraine’s Eurovision 2014 contestant, has a lot more than a hamster wheel in her bag of tricks. During today’s first full run-through she pulled back the curtains to reveal a stunning new dress. That’s right people: Mariya offers us a window to her beauty, and now she has the dress to match!
Anna Osmekhina, the Ukrainian designer and fashion editor for Cosmopolitan, dreamed up the sexy gown, which features black ropes that roll down from the waistline. “We wanted to show the great symbiosis for every women – power and tenderness of feminity,” says stage director Olena Koliadenko. “We searched for something that could bring this symbol to every viewer, to underline the special part of Mariya’s song Tick-Tock and her character itself, to bring magic to the stage in every bit of stage presentation.”
Osmekhina and Koliadenko drew up the first design on a plain napkin. They thought the dress should be black. Then Mariya chimed in and they decided to go for the “more noble color” blue. The dress is made from scoured silk that gives it the appearance of being covered in dust. Drama, honey!
The entire costume was crafted in a day and a half. “Mariya is very lucky girl,” says Osmekhina. “Everything worked like a clock – it’s tick-tock in design actually! We found everything – from materials to accessories – really quick and that happens rarely in my line of work.”
Mariya’s odds continue to narrow with the bookies. Maybe the dress will tip her over to victory?
Photo: Thomas Hanses (EBU)