A revival of old times

The Miss Sri Lanka "contest was like going back in time, with the spectacular production at the Waters Edge, where a full house sat down to watch twelve finalists vie for the title. The show which began with the girls coming on stage in an assortment of costumes relevant to Sri Lanka which ranged from the traditional Kandyan saree to the jacket and cloth and more elaborate styles of dress some of which looked like out of sherazade. The winner Rozanne Diasz wore a fantasy of a costume based on the peacock who was eventually the ultimate winner of the title as well.

The evening dress finale was both colourful and elegant, with dresses by the official designers Chrysanthi Fernandopulle and Lou Ching Wong who was also responsible for the training of the finalists and the choreography. The dress of a self striped fabric was slim skirted. This evening gown Rozanne wore had a low cut back and from the shoulders flowed glittering strands of beads in a rope accenting the graceful cut and line at the back. The entire dress was beaded in silver and she wore a dazzling choker and shoulder length pendulum earrings studded with white stones.

The first runner up Olivia James had the front of her bare shouldered dress of shot blue silk worked in silver sequins and beads. The dress at the back went into a train, and she too wore a necklace of white stones and long drop earrings. Coming on stage was a former Miss. Sri Lanka Nushara Atapattu to crown the winner in a slim fitting red dress which had shoe string straps and was worked on the subtle gold spun fabric in gold sequins. She wore a necklace and eardrops in red stones and gold for sophisticated glamour.

Among the judges were a formidable group from the best dressed women in town, Yoland Aluvihare, Goolbai Gunasekera and Otara Chandiram. Yoland’s swarowski necklace and ear drops in two shades of blue, turquoise and sapphire she wore with a black saree and blouse, the saree edged in a single line of blue sequins, the fall draped in her own innovative style. Both the men and women in the audience was not to be outdone and enhanced the glittering event.

Even though there was no glitter in the saree that Ranjanie Wijewardene wore it made a strong fashion statement. Her saree of black silk had the fall from the shoulder downwards in an exquisitely embroidered Spanish shawl. The embroidery was in white and for extraordinary elegance she wore a four strand necklace of pearls and white flowers in her hair. The Kandyan saree Lalini Alwis wore too had no glitter, but was rich in its colour and design.

The back velvet embossed fabric had bronzes and gleaming ivory in panels of pattering she wore with a black blouse and a large circular pendent of a smoky topaz and a gold flat necklace with earstuds to match. Stunning in its impact was the saree Anusha David wore. The Satya Paul saree in broad panels of black and white had a single panel in brilliant red only on the fall the entire saree a sheath of mother of pearl sequins. A black patterned border was at the hemlines. Her ornaments was of diamonds and her accessories were in black. Star of the Sinhala screen Yasodha Wimaladharma favoured western attire and looked at her best in a evening dress of deep champagne. The top of the dress upto a low waistline was in a lace picked up with the glitter of sequins and the skirt was in a flattering drape.


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