MISS UNIVERSE 2013 CANDIDATES NATIONAL COSTUMES

As early as a month to go before the finals, pageant sites and Facebook pages have already posted their candidates’ wardrobe….most especially each country’s national costume. Most of these countries are Asian and I must say the Asian national costumes are off the charts! They are all way over the top; well-done, beautifully-crafted, and well-thought out. This makes the competition fiercer and hotter. Let’s take a look at some of the national costumes I have seen so far….and darn, they’re all spectacular!

The official Thailand National Costume of Chalita Yaemwannang for Miss Universe 2013. (Photo lifted from Miss Universe Thailand Facebook Fanpage. Credit goes to the real owner of the photo.)

THAILAND

Every year, Thailand organizes a contest for Thai designers to create a piece for the country’s official national costume in Miss Universe. Over the past years, Thailand has been rockin’ the MU stage with its uniquely fabulous national costumes. Though the design has been almost the same this past 3 years, I could say that Thailand is a country with the most number of wins in National Costume category in Miss Universe. This year’s design is a little bit tacky for me since year after year, I expect Thailand to be elegantly regal and striking….it lacks details; accessories, embellishments…just an opinion.

Official national costume of Miss Indonesia for Miss Universe 2013. (Photo lifted from Indonesian Pageants Official Facebook Page. Credit goes to the real owner of the photo.)

INDONESIA

Indonesia has gone from a silent badger to a woken-up giant in international pageant. Last year’s top-1o finish in national costume was such an achievement. The butterfly-inspired costume of Indonesia is really making a mark in Miss Universe stage. This year’s costume is a major step-up than last year’s. This is for sure off the charts! I love the combination of colors, the details, the concept and the carnival theme! Love it! Love it!

Official national costume of Miss Sri Lanka for 2013 Miss Universe pageant. (Photo lifted from Derana Veet Miss Sri Lanka Website. Credit goes to the real owner of the photo.)

SRI LANKA

If this is the confirmed national costume of Sri Lanka, I will have my finger cut if this won’t win or at least be in top 3. This is way over the top! Nothing beats the concept of this costume. The sculpture-isque theme and it’s rockin’ style really blow me away! This is one of the best so far and I am really rooting for this one.

THE LEGEND OF THE DRAGON – Official national costume of Miss China for Miss Universe 2013 pageant. (Photo lifted from Dukung Puteri Indonesia Official Facebook Page. Credit goes to the real owner of the photo.)

CHINA

Oh gee! Obviously one of the best costumes this year. I wouldn’t be surprised if this won. This really has the Chinese historical touch that is Orientally distinctive. The story behind this costume is somewhat similar to the national costume of last year (which was The Best National Costume) that I really loved too. I have seen a lot of Chinese dragon jars and the costume gave justice to them.

Source: Miss Universe Thailand Facebook Page. (Credit goes to the real owner of this sketch)

VENEZUELA

This is the rumored sketch of Venezuela’s national costume this year. Well, this looks pretty good….not great though! It’s far from the costumes of Marelisa Gibson (which I personally am rooting last 2010), and Stefania Fernandez (who doesn’t remember that elite-looking couture?).

Official national costume of Miss Venezuela getting all done. (Photo lifted from Beauty Pageant Grandslam. Credit goes to the real owner of the photo.)

Finally! It looks miles miles better than the rumored sketch we posted a week ago. This is extremely impressive. Venezuela is really back in the game. This resembles Stefania’s costume in 2009; glimmering and sparkling! I love how the colors blend right through the whole ensemble. Perfect!!

Official national costume of Miss Costa Rica for 2013 Miss Universe pageant. Photo lifted from Fabiana Granados Official Facebook Page. (Credit goes to the real owner of this photo.)

COSTA RICA

Festive, chic, grand and vivacious concept inspired from Roseate Spoonbill – a gregarious wading bird of the ibis and spoonbill family, Threskiornithidae. The only downside I have with this costume is the feather concept that most Latinas are known of, though I understand that this is an idea from a bird, which normally has feathers. I always want to see something totally different from North American countries. Nevertheless, the pink touch just makes this really striking…not too glamazon but cutesy and girly. This will surely be a part of the top 10 in national costume category.

Official National Costume of Miss Mauritius for 2013 Miss Universe (Photo lifted from YashVinBlogs. Credit goes to the real owner of this photo)

MAURITIUS

Tacky, and looks like stitched patches from a seamstress. How did the designers think about the concept of this costume? Too amateur and faux pas. As said, this is some sort of a carnaval-sega dress, but I really don’t see the convivial theme.

Official national costume of Miss Japan for 2013 Miss Universe pageant. (Photo lifted from Beauty Pageant Grandslam Facebook Page. Credit goes to the real owner of the photo. )

JAPAN

Kurara Chibana’s (2006 Best in National Costume) and Maiko Itai’s costumes are so far the best Japan has ever made for the national costume category. This year’s costume looks plain, it has the Japanese identity, though!

Official national costume of Miss Ecuador for 2013 Miss Universe pageant. (Photo lifted from Beauty Pageant Grandslam Facebook Page. Credit goes to the real owner of the photo.)

ECUADOR

I don’t know exactly what it depicts but I think the details in the skirt-like accessory at the back seem interesting; I love the patterns and the colors. The headdress looks typical, though. In short…NEXT!

Official national costume of Miss Nicaragua. (Photo lifted from Missosology Forum. Credit goes to the real owner of the photo.)

NICARAGUA

Here goes the Latinas! In the world of pageantry, countries that go for plumes, ostrich drabs, pheasant tails, turkey flats, and peacock feathers when it comes to national costumes are the Latinas. They always make every pageant finals convivial and festal. This is one those that I don’t fail to recognize as a Latina costume. The flaming red touch and the pheasant flat tails remind me of Sheldry Saez’s (Best in National Costume, Miss Universe 2011). I wish there were more details at the back. Jovial but typical…just saying.

Official national costume of Miss Puerto Rico Monic Perez. Photo lifted from Beauty Pageant Grandslam. (Credit goes to the real owner of the photo.)

PUERTO RICO

The costume represents the world famous bioluminescent bays of Puerto Rico.  The upside of it is that I kinda love the striking top details that represent the branches of mangroves as explained by the designer Jaer Caban and its dark theme that goes all along the whole costume. The dramatic dark theme swathing all over the skirt was epic. 7/10 for me.

This is the RUMORED national costume of Miss Philippines. (Photo lifted from: DPIdaMU. Credit goes to the real owner of the photo.)

PHILIPPINES

If this is going to be the national costume of the Philippines, it’ll be a battle between Sri Lanka and Philippines. This is unquestionably remarkable. This is an innovation for this country to have. We’re sick of the Filipiniana costumes. We believe it’s time for the Philippines to make it right. This costume was worn by one of the candidates in Bb. Pilipinas pageant designed by Cary Santiago (correct us if we are wrong).

Official national costume of Miss Switzerland. Photo lifted from TheIdealBeauty Facebook Page. (Credit goes to the real owner of the photo.)

SWITZERLAND

Icy queen! We love it, but we think this will not be in the top 10 best. It’s normal-looking. It’s good…but not good enough. We just love the draped petticoat at the back. It could have been better if it had more details on top especially a headdress or stuff. 5/10 for us.

Official national costume of Miss Malaysia Carey Ng (Photo courtesy: Miss Universe Malaysia. Credit goes to the real owner of this photo.)

MALAYSIA

A costume inspired from the Princess of Perak (Puteri Perak)-A Warrior Princess.What I like about it is the fabric; it looks like a Muslim glitterati. But concept-wise, it’s unimpressive in a sense that it will not be in comparison to spectacular costumes of other Asians and even Latinas as well. This isn’t gonna be on top, believe me.

Official national costume of Miss Poland (Photo lifted from Beauty Pageant Grandslam. Credit goes to the real owner of the photo.)

POLAND

Boring! We don’t even know whether this is a national costume or not. We mean, we do respect the significance of this costume, but competition-wise, it’s tedious!

Official national costume of Miss El Salvador Alba Delgado (Photo lifted from: Alba Delgado Facebook Page. Credit goes to the real owner of the photo.)

EL SALVADOR

Tacky! Those bead-chains are all over the place. It lacks symmetry and all other art principles—in short RUBBISH! Next please!

Official national costume of Miss Bolivia Alexia Viruez (Photo courtesy: Alexia Viruez Official Facebook Page. Credit goes to the real owner of the photo.)

BOLIVIA

Magnificent! The palette of colors is well-orchestrated. But inspired from Rosita Pochi, we expected a little more convivial than this; nevertheless, this makes a good fight in the national costume category. The jumpsuit is well-done too. We wish there were more coordinated colors put on to it, though. 8/10 is our rating. 

Official national costume of Miss Czech Republic Gabriela Kratochvilová (Photo lifted from Gabriela Kratochvílová Facebook Page. Credit goes to the real owner of the photo.)

CZECH REPUBLIC

Really? Well, simplicity is beauty, and its significance makes it beautiful…TO SAY THE LEAST. She’s just missing a chance to be noticed. We love this girl and when we looked at this costume, we kinda felt pity for her. I wish she had a better costume than this crap. This goddess doesn’t deserve this! 

Official national costume of Miss Singapore (Photo lifted from Missosology Forum. Credit goes to the real owner of the photo.)

SINGAPORE

Another mediocre costume! It’s like one of those costumes in field demonstrations. It’s irrelevant and lacks concept and creativity. What’s with that humongous stuff at her back? It’s really awful.

Official national costume of Miss Aruba. Photo lifted from Missosology Forum. Credit goes to the owner of the photo.

ARUBA

We don’t know how this was conceptualized, but this is for us the worst costume thus far. This is tawdry and tasteless.

Official national costume of Miss Romania. Photo lifted from Missosology Forum. Credit goes to the real owner of the photo.

ROMANIA

This looks good but it’s not good enough. It lacks details and embellishments that will beautify the whole costume. A lot of feathers but were not accentuated well. Rating:6/10

Official national costume of Miss Peru. Photo lifted from Missosology Forum. Credit goes to the owner of the photo.

PERU

This is the only Latina that we have seen this year who has an unembellished and unadorned national costume. For us, this looks significant coz the details seem to carry a thought, but when we talk about creativity, art, color and stuff, this is really off. This looks European costume, not Latin. Rating: 5/10

PARAGUAY

Official national costume of Miss Paraguay. (Photo lifted from Missosology Forum. Credit goes to the real owner of the photo.)

Festive and convivial. We love the tailored-tail at the back; it looks like a new idea for Latina costumes. The combination of colors are striking, too. This can pull off a surprise, we believe.

HONDURAS

Official sketch of Miss Honduras’ national costume. (This sketch is lifted from Missosology Forum. Credit goes to the owner of the photo.)

From the sketch itself, this looks like a winner! The spherical-shape feathers at the back is spectacular. We can’t wait to see the final touch of the costume.

CHILE

Rumored sketch of Miss Chile’s national costume. (Sketch lifted from Missosology Forum. Credit goes to Eduardo Cerda)

Fresh idea; new concept coming from a North American country. The whole ensemble is pretty vogue-ish; it’s pretty and chic. Just like Bolivia, we like the artistic element having wrapped all throughout the body of the candidate.

BAHAMAS

Miss Bahamas Lexi Wilson in her national costume. (Photo lifted from Miss Bahamas Page. Credit goes to the real owner of the photo.)

Grand and festive! The colors are too bright that they complimented well in her color. Fabulous costume and like others, this will just be another feather in the stage. Nothing special.

GREECE

Official national costume of Miss Greece. (Photo lifted from Missosology Forum. credit goes to the real owner of the photo.)

What happened? Greece has a very well-to-do-looking costume throughout the history. Why can’t they pull off a Goddess-like costume? This costume is like patched clothing and curtains together; lacks the aesthetics and taste…pfft! Next!

VIETNAM

Official national costume of Miss Vietnam. (Photo lifted from Missosology Forum. Credit goes to the real owner of the photo.)

The major upside of this ensemble is its hat. The frock looks plain and ill-designed. Had it been embellished well or designed creatively, it could have been one of those best costume of the year. The designer might have just missed that element–the WOW FACTOR.

AUSTRALIA

Official national costume of Miss Australia. (Photo lifted from Missosology Forum. Credit goes to the real owner of the photo.)

Jesinta’s (2010) and Scherri Lee’s (2011) are far better than this one. We wish there were some added elements on top of her head. The petticoated skirt resembles that of Monic’s (Miss Puerto Rico); we prefer Monic’s though. Just an average costume; again–no surprises.

PANAMA

Official national costume of Miss Panama. (Photo lifted from Missosology Forum. Credit goes to the real owner of the photo.)

With Carolina’s killer catwalk, this can beat Sri Lanka’s costume this year. I know Carolina will rock the MU stage with this one. We’re more than thrilled to see her wear this.

CURACAO

Official national costume of Miss Curacao Eline de Pool. (Photo lifted from Missosology Forum. Credit goes to the real owner of the photo.)

Just one of those costume we see in the LGBT parades. Nothing special. Nothing new. Next!

ANGOLA

Official national costume of Miss Angola. (Photo lifted from Missosology Forum. Credit goes to the real owner of the photo.)

One of the simplest costume along with Miss Czech Republic. 3/10 is our rating.

GUYANA

Leaked sketch of Miss Guyana’s national costume. (Sketch lifted from Missosology Forum. Credit goes to the real owner of the sketch.)

This sketch looks good. We hope it transforms well to Miss Guyana; it’s festive, grand and vivacious. We can’t wait to see the actual costume.