Next Saturday is May 16, 2009. And that means the final of Eurovision: Moscow style. Since most of us won’t make it to Moscow, here’s a few ideas to kick off your Eurovision party in, er, ‘style’.
1. Fly the flag
Wrap a full-size country flag around you and wear as a sarong, cape or toga. The host should try to procure the host nation’s flag.
2. Be an ambassador
Pick a country and make its national dress your fancy dress. Obviously good improvisation is key here, probably generating a whole world of wrongness. I hosted a Latvia 2003 Eurovision party, wearing an embroidered white dress, plaits and clogs – absolutely nothing like actual Latvian folk dress, I’m afraid.
3. Be a Ferrero Rocher
If you’re throwing an ambassador’s party for Eurovision then the Ferrero Rocher pyramids should be circulating. Dressing as one needn’t be a challenge – just aim for sparkly gold lame and carry a brown cup.
4. When in Rome… dress like a Muscovite
This year lovely Moscow is rich with fancy dress pop culture style options. First stop, find a Ushanka, that’s one of those big Russian Trooper style fur hats. Add some long black boots, jodhpurs and a Soviet-style military jacket. Alternatively, go for sexy and glamorous cold war spy, Russian ice dance couple or troupe of gay Cossacks. PS You can buy Ushanka hats here.
5 Red Eurovision
When else will you get to throw a party with everyone dressed in red – just think of the colour- coordinated photos.
6. Camp Eurovision
It’s kitsch, it’s OTT, it’s your chance to throw fashion out the closet and indulge your inner gay. If already gay, just be fabulous, I guess…
7. Be a star
Pick a past winner and follow their costume style: Sandy Shaw (1967), Lulu (1969), Abba (1974), Buck’s Fizz (1981), Dana International (1998) and, of course, Lordi (2006).
8. Be a song
Puppet on a string anyone? Diva? Rock’N’Roll Kids? Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley (abstract challenge, that one)…
9. Be a set of Russian dolls
It’s the perfect family option. Dress in anything – as long as it’s the same and you’re all different sizes.
11. Bonus UK option
It used to be that you could go as Terry Wogan but he’s finally had enough and handed over to Graham Norton. So, well, over to you. Is that a silver suit and pink shirt lurking in your wardrobe?