If you were impressed by last year’s Nasi Lemak gown, you’ll love the craftsmanship in this year’s Miss Universe Malaysia’s national costume!
The Miss Universe Malaysia Organisation (MUMO) recently unveiled the costumes, which reigning Miss Universe Malaysia 2018 Jane Teoh, will be wearing at the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand on 17 December 2018.
The costume is based on the artistic interpretation of traditional Malay craftsmanship by designer Salleh Hamid.
Salleh Hamid took his inspiration from the woodcarvings of bangau perahu, the crane or sail guard on traditional fishing boats by the Malay community in the East Coast. He said:
“I was inspired by the rich Malay cultural history and traditional beliefs, the authenticity in the artistic craft of boat-making in the olden days, and the Malay art of ‘Awan Larat’ usually seen in carvings,”
Salleh spent six months incorporating the concept into the costume where he applied the ‘bangau’ on the right shoulder, ‘kook’ on the left shoulder, and ‘caping’ on the neck
The costume is completed with a pair of blue custom-made boots designed by shoe designer Rhea Tan.
When asked about her opinion of the costumes, the 21-year-old beauty queen said:
“It’s just thrilling to see the final creations, and I am very excited to be able to wear these beautiful creations to represent my country. The National Costume is iconic and rich in Malay culture, while the evening gown is nothing short of exquisite thanks to our talented designers, Salleh Hamid and Amazé.”
Moving on to the evening gown, designers Amar and Zeed of Amazé created a stunningly sensual and regal masterpiece. The silver beaded number accentuates Jane’s best assets—her shoulders.
The evening gown was inspired by the architectural and structural lines of the Seri Wawasan Bridge in Putrajaya.
Do you guys think this Wonder Woman-ish bangau perahu costume is better than the delicious nasi lemak dress?
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