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.