Our Favourite Eurovision Style Moments Of All Time

A tinfoil drag queen, Cypriot Beyoncé and a lot of feathers... Good Evening Europe!

Picture taken in 1974 in Stockholm shows the Swedish pop group Abba with its members (L-R) Benny Andersson, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Agnetha Faltskog and Bjorn Ulvaeus posing after winning the Swedish branch of the Eurovision Song Contest with their song "Waterloo". 
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Imagine the excitement of the Olympics, The Royal Wedding and New Year’s Eve rolled into one glittering, all singing, all dancing four hour television spectacle. Oh, and sprinkle an endless supply of quips from Graham Norton on the top. Yep, that's right, it can only be one thing: the Eurovision Song Contest.

Hosted in Tel Aviv, Saturday night will be the live final of the 64th annual contest.

Eurovision, admittedly, is not for everyone. But this is the competition that gave the world Abba AND Celine Dion. Enough said, to be honest. And for lovers of all things camp, it’s a day that has always been noted down in the calendar. Eurovision for the girls and gays is what the Premier League Final is to men called ‘Gary’.

And every year since 1956 we have been treated to a visual feast. From the Ukraine’s incredible 2007 entry with tinfoil clad drag queen Verka Serduchka (more on her later) to the charming who took to the stage in 2012, the contest has given us some serious style. Strap in, then, whilst we recap the greatest fashion moments from 1956 to now.

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1 France Gall, Luxembourg - 1965
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French singer France Gall won the Eurovision song contest for Luxembourg in 1965 with a song penned by France’s most notorious lothario Serge Gainsbourg. At just 17, Gall took to the stage to sing ‘Poupée de cire, poupée de son’ wearing a calf-length pleated white dress.

Her hair and makeup, however, cements her as a Eurovision style icon. The short blonde bob and blunt fringe typical of the 1960s teamed with lashings of black eyeliner is the archetypal look of French Yé-Yé singers - think Françoise Hardy. Gall’s look even went on to inspire Gwyneth Paltrow’s character Margot in Wes Anderson’s 2001 film The Royal Tenenbaums. Gall’s success wasn’t for everyone however - her boyfriend dumped her just minutes after her win. Yikes.

2 Verka Serduchka, Ukraine - 2007
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Drag act Verka Serduchka’s fabulous 2007 Eurovision entry ‘Dancing Lasha Tumbaiwas just over three minutes worth of pure, unadulterated, continental chaos. The performance was so memorable that in 2011 proclaimed it ‘the best song to never win Eurovision’.

Verka Serduchka & Co took to the stage in a flurry of disco balls, and looks that can only be described as 2001: A Space Odyssey, but make it camp. Many believed the lyrics ‘Lasha Tumbai’ were play on words for ‘Russia Goodbye’ proving that the Eurovision Song Contest has often been used as a political playground. Serduchka remains one of the contest's most popular contestants and will be returning this year, 12 years on, to perform the dance track alongside four other former contestants in Tel Aviv.

3 Abba, Sweden - 1974
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Here we go again. It should go without saying that Abba are the biggest act to emerge from the Eurovision Song Contest. Seriously though, where would wedding receptions across the country be without the merry tunes of Björn, Benny, Agnetha and Anni-Frid? Winning the contest in 1974 with 'Waterloo', the Swedish pop band's career only skyrocketed as they released hit after hit and eventually went on to take over the world of theatre and film. Can we attribute part of Abba's international success to their wacky coordinating outfits? Of course!

4 Eleni Foureira, Cyprus - 2018
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Eleni Foureira burst onto our screens last year as some kind of Cypriot Beyoncé and took Cyprus all the way to second place with her song ‘Fuego’ . This was no mean feat, and the furthest the country’s ever gone in the competition. Not only did Foureira command the stage in a powerful performance, she did it wearing a fiery sequinned bodysuit. She also became the embodiment of , so, yeah, we salute you.

5 Dana International, Israel - 1998
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Dana International shook a tail feather or two on the Eurovision stage in Birmingham in 1998 wearing this breathtaking Jean Paul Gaultier bolero from his Haute Couture 1997 collection ‘The Haute Couture Salon Atmosphere’. The Israeli singer went on to win the Eurovision Song Contest that year and made another major win for LGBTQ+ community by being the first transgendered woman to do so. Excitingly, Gaultier and the ‘Diva’ songstress will be teaming up again this year along with Madonna to perform during the interval.

6 Sandie Shaw, United Kingdom - 1967
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Before Kacey Musgraves denounced shoes at Coachella, Sandie Shaw did likewise at the 1967 Eurovision Song Contest. Hot on the heels of France Gall's complete reinvention of Eurovision pop, Shaw took to the stage with her song 'Puppet on a String' barefoot. She was the first British entry to win the contest and became one of our five Eurovision wins since 1956. Sporting a trés chic bob and a babydoll mini dress, Shaw embodies the height of 1960s style, not to mention being the original trendsetter of thelook.

7 Loreen, Sweden - 2012
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Loreen's 'Euphoria' was a big win for Sweden in 2012 and quickly became a popular dance track that summer. Swedish singer Loreen emerged onto the stage wearing a black jumpsuit and floral kimono. A combination of avant garde dance moves and several wind machines, it was very dramatic (and amazing).

8 Alex Swings Oscar Sings! featuring Dita Von Teese, Germany - 2009
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In a bizarre twist of fate, the indomitable Dita Von Teese - renowned Burlesque performer - joined German singers Alex Swings Oscar Sings! for Germany's 2009 entry. Unfortunately Ms Teese does not sing alongside the duo, but proceeds to take over the stage in a superb sequin blazer, satin corset and a pair of black patent Louboutin's. Also check German singer Oscar's silver trousers eerily reminiscent of

9 Conchita Wurst, Austria - 2014
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Conchita Wurst is undeniably one of the greatest Eurovision winners of all time. The Austrian drag queen went on to perform at events for the UN and become a muse for none other than designer Jean Paul Gaultier. She's had her by legendary French photographers Pierre et Gilles and even wrote an autobiography which has been adapted into several different languages. The bearded beauty won the competition in 2014 with her heady track 'Rise Like A Phoenix' whilst wearing a gold brocade dress.

10 La Década, Spain - 1988
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Spain's 1988 entry La Década should have won for the eclectic costumes alone. Are we sensing an early Molly Goddard vibe? Unfortunately didn't quite make the top ten, coming eleventh, but we'll give them an honourable mention here.

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