Denmark have revealed the dress that their representative, Emmelie de Forest, will on stage for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest.
It is a cream-coloured dress made from organic, unbleached cotton. It is not dissimilar from the dress she won the Danish National Final earlier this year, but is more fitted, with a empire cut bodice and uneven hemline. It is twisted and braided to create a natural, earthy look. The dress is gathered at the waist, giving Emmelie a more feminine silhouette than her previous outfit. Black hematite was also applied “to give it a little edge”, in the designer’s own words.
The dress was designed by Danish designer Anja Elefteria, who has Greek roots and is best known for designing wedding dresses.
We have chosen the dress in a style that really suits Emmelie, says Anja, We did not want a dress decorated with a lot of sequins or a dress that was too girly. The goal was instead to preserve something of Emmelie´s youthfulness and her more hidden sensuality.
The dress, which was chosen by Emmelie herself and songwriter and ‘dress minister’ Lise Cabble, was originally a basic design that the Danish/Greek designer had custom-made especially for the young singer.
It was important for me to get into the life of Emmelie and see how she moves. As humans we have different expressions and we move differently. In Emmelie, I see a girl who definitely knows what she wants.
The dress is also worn by Emmelie on the front cover of her debut album, called after her entry to this year’s Eurovision, Only teardrops, which is released on Monday 6 May.
The designer says that she is, obviously proud. My children are even more proud and they are looking very much forward to seeing the dress and Emmelie on TV. I am quite sure that Emmelie will get very far in the competition.