When it comes to the Eurovision Song Contest the visual presentation of the entry is almost as important as the song itself. Over the years artists have taken to the stage in a variety of costumes, many of which have left a lasting impression on the audience. In part two of our Museum Monday series we delve into some of the famous outfits and costume changes from contest over the years.
Just as the musical styles and languages in the Eurovision Song Contest are diverse, so too are the choice of clothes that the performers have worn over the years. With only three minutes to make an impact many acts have chosen outlandish outfits to convey the message of their song or even captured the attention of the viewer through clever costume changes.
The costume change has become almost as famous at the key change in the Eurovision Song Contest. Arguably the most famous of all is Bucks Fizz's skirt-ripping moment in 1981, which has inspired many acts, with differing levels of success.
Check out some of the more memorable costumes from recent years in our gallery below!
The various costumes from over the years have even inspired an annual prize; the Barbara Dex Award. Run by the fan website House of Eurovision since 1997, the prize is a humorous and affectionate award given to the "worst dressed" artist each year in the contest. It is named after the Belgian singer, Barbara Dex, who came last in the 1993 contest, in which she wore her own self-designed dress.
Over the years fashions change, however one thing which has remained consistent is the passion and emotions that the artists bring to the Eurovision stage.
What is your favourite costume from over the years?