Continuing with my "Miss Universe 2016 National Costumes Preview", in my last post HERE, I discussed the national costumes that some of the Miss Universe 2016 contestants will be wearing for the international beauty pageant. Now, it's time for my Part Two Post--with ten more National Costumes from Miss Malaysia to Miss Vietnam. Some are quite breathtaking, super-fab and in contention for Best National Costume at the 65th Annual Miss Universe:
Miss Universe Paraguay Andrea Melgarejo: Andrea's national costume is inspired by "The Legend of Mburucuya Flower", a story about forbidden love between a Spanish catholic girl an a local Indian boy. The story goes that when she found out that her lover had been killed on her father's order, she decided to kill herself by stabbing her heart with an arrow, then she died next to her lover. After the tragedy, a peculiar new plant grew on the unfortunate couple's grave. The plant opens its charmed beautiful flowers during day, and closed at night. It's a bit macabre but lovely...at the same time. I love the bold print and strong violet color and I think the immensity of the sweep of the dress will be quite impacting.
Miss Universe Puerto Rico Brenda Jimenez: This costume from Miss Universe Puerto Rico is designed by Javier Arnaldo Santiago--in collaboration with Fabian De La Puente and Jesus Manuel Davila who did the crown and accessories. The entire look represents the Puerto Rican crest/coat of arms--or escudo (photo above). I think Brenda will make quite a National Costume impression with this for sure!
this, represents the vision that every child has the "opportunity to be loved and the possibility to fulfill their dreams". The strapless asymmetrical hi-lo ballgown design is quite simple and features photos of children on the dress. We'll see how it will be accessorized to make a stronger stage impact like last year's fabulous Miss Universe Sweden costume:
Miss Universe Sweden 2015 Paulina Brodd National Costume
Thai Couture Diva: Queen Sirikit of Thailand
The designer won 20,000 Thai baht (about $560 US dollars at today's exchange rate) for his winning design entry; I'm thinking he should have gotten much more! The design is spectacular and worthy of being in a Costume Museum and certainly more than a $560 prize; Creating that costume alone--sewing, fabric, pattern, fittings and design fee...well, any designer worth their design resume would charge about $10,000.
Last year's Miss Universe Thailand National Costume Winner "Tuk Tuk" costume--Winner of the "Miss Universe 2015 National Costume" Award
Which ones are YOUR FAVORITES so far???