The fashion world is buzzing over 2015’s Miss Universe National Costume section, which debuted January 21st. Unlike the more subdued rest of the pageant, the National Costume part is all about going wild and showing off the best your country has to offer. Eighty-eight crazy costumes is nothing to sneeze at.
Bird costumes were popular as ever, with spangled headdresses, wings and tails that completely dominated the space. Argentina rocked a silvery-white bird costume, Belgium wore striking black, yellow and red (as per the flag) and Turks & Caicos’ opalescent wings made her look like a shimmering hummingbird.
Great Britain took a page out of 2014’s Canadian Mountie costume with a sexy mini-dress styled after the Queen’s Guard uniform. Canada this time went in a fun and silly direction with a hockey-inspired dress, goal, scoreboard and hockey sticks included.
Croatia once again arrived in a rather low-key cocktail dress. She, Austria and Poland looked rather under-dressed for this event – someone told them what part of the pageant this was, right?
Trinidad & Tobago took the same asymmetrical theme as last year and kicked it up a notch. Netherlands paid homage to historical painter Van Gogh with a dress featuring Starry Night and his famous sunflowers. Other historical nods included Spain’s queenly regalia, Japan’s samurai armor, Germany’s Berlin Wall, Greece’s ancient toga and Dominican Republic’s Virgin Mary dress and shawl – with a Madonna printed on the front just in case the reference wasn’t obvious enough.
Puerto Rico, one of the places Lee G. Lovett visited on his recent trip, wore an entirely white layered gown with each layer of lace carefully cut out like snowflakes, accessorized with a paper fan and beaded hair piece. Singapore came backed by the moon and stars. And Slovenia, alas, looked like a dirty Swiffer duster. Who green-lit that dress?
The US seemed to be made of breaking waves, but the blue-white feathers were broken by a red striped bathing suit. Well, at least she wasn’t a Transformer robot like last year.