MISS UNIVERSE | Asia's Finest in Traditional Costume

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MISS UNIVERSE | Asia's Finest in Traditional Costume

Postby oneandonly » Wed May 17, 2017 4:28 am

    

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Year after year, Thailand never ceases to amaze the world with the exquisite and jaw-dropping designs of their national costumes. In the last couple of years, the organizers administer an annual contest in quest for the best design to be worn by their delegate in Miss Universe pageant. They are currently the pioneering Asian country who holds the record of numerous wins in this portion. True enough because they have been truly blessed by a bountiful culture and varied heritage that remain to be perceptible until now.
In this segment, let us take a quick throwback on five (5) victorious moments of our dear friends in Land of the Free.

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Nearly four years after the historic win of Apasra Hongsakula, Toom (Sangduen's nickname) was aiming to be the second titleholder for her country. She may have been fell short of obtaining the crown, she has shown to the world her Thailand's traditional outfit at the very least. She was wearing a Thai classical dance dress during the parade of nations.

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"The Thai Dance is a graceful and interpretative performance. It has played an indispensable part of Thai life from historical times to the present day. Thai dancers hold their bodies upright from the neck to the hips, moving up and down using only their knees, and stretching to the rhythm of the music. The arms and hands in Thai dancing are held in curves at different levels, but do not point like ballet. The beauty of the dancers depends on how well these curves and angles are maintained in relation and proportion to the whole body."

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With very detailed and authentic clothing, Sangduen declared as the recipient of Best in National Costume on the same year. She's the first ever Thai queen to have won the special award.

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Her very first pageant called Tida Dome didn't hinder her from aiming a national title. She decided to join Miss Thailand pageant in 1988. She eventually won and had the privilege to represent Thailand in Miss Universe 1988 beauty pageant. She paraded one of Queen Sirikit's eight (8) traditional Thai dresses. (For further information, she is a Thai leading historians, scholars and designers created numerous defined styles of Thai Traditional wear from the various periods). The vivid royal blue Thai Chakkri inspired attire is what she wore during the national costume competition.

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"Thai Chakkri is a formal and elegant wear, normally produced using "Yok" weaving technique (Yok creates additional thickness within the fabric without adding supplementary threads. Often a touch of gold or silver-colored threads are added, making the fabric produced this way particularly more expensive) The costume is finished with "pha sin", a full length wrap-around skirt with two pleated folds in the front called "na nang".

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As the viewers couldn't handle the excitement, Porntip had been awarded as Best in National Costume alongside with Misses USA (Courtney Gibbs) and Japan (Mizuho Sakaguchi). To her surprise, she was announced as the ultimate winner of the pageant. She became the second (so far the last) from her country to have won the coveted title and first woman ever to win both the Miss Universe and Best National Costume award.

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This multilingual lass from Bangkok has showcased the elegance during the Miss Universe 2005 national costume presentation show. The creation was designed by fabric expert Theerapan Chanchareon. The inspiration of the costume is based on the clothing of noble women during the Ayutthaya era (1350-1767). The said outfit was made entirely from golden silk and it was patiently woven nearly a year to accomplish. The accessories are all created from an authentic gold.

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Chananporn received a warm reception (being a homegrown delegate) through deafening applause from the audience of Impact Arena after declaring her as the winner of Best in National Costume together with Miss Czech Republic (Kateřina Smejkalová) and Miss Mexico (Laura Elizondo) who came 1st and 2nd place respectively.

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A Nongkhai native, Gavintra started modelling her Thai boxing inspired costume with a silk textile covering her entire body. She quickly demonstrated the distinctive and traditional Thai boxing dance-style. The design was created by then Sathapat Moonma, a senior-year architecture student from Khon Kaen University. The designer entitled outfit as "Spirit of Fighting" and wants to depict the modern Thai woman. Instead of using a boxing short for his work, he utilized a Thai silk that was cut by local designer house "Noriko".

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Muay Thai originated as a self defence and developed to become a sport. It is well-known for its various types of forward and backward elbow strikes, Knee strikes, swing and reversing kicks, foot jabbing and all types of fist blows. Thai traditional boxers “had their fists and the lower arms wrapped in strings and then soaked in a starchy liquid, granulated glassy material was sprinkled on to lend additional devastating effects. When dry and hard, the pair of dress fists becomes a deadly lethal weapon.” (Chaleo Manilerd 1980 : 23). Thai boxers of today wear regular gloves and rattan headbands entering a ring with much ceremony – typical of Thai folk beliefs associated with martial sports.

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This unique yet edgy costume made her more noticeable to the viewing public including the press people. Later that evening, she emerged victorious after winning the award. She can be remembered as one of the most memorable delegates on the said year.

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PookLook (Fonthip's nickname) is one lucky lady to have worn this magnificent creation. The costume is entitled Siam Iyara (Thai Elephants). This has been the iconic and symbolic animal in Thailand. It was designed by Phalin Aphinyakul as part of Ch7′s Annual Miss Thailand Universe National Costume Design competition.

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The design was originated from certain paintings alongside with Thai elephants.

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During the coronation night of the pageant which was held at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on August 23, 2010, she was awarded as Best in National Costume through online voting. She became the 5th (so far the last) recipient of this special award. She was also voted as Miss Photogenic.

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Thailand's precious culture has been well-represented through the undeniable dedication of their queens.
They have proven that creativity, ethnicity and beauty could really work well.
Kudos to all Thai designers for coming up with those work of art dresses.

Hope you just liked this thread of mine.
Thank you for reading.

Special thanks to all the rightful owners of photos above as well as to the following owners of websites below:
•www.wikipedia.org
•www.thailand.com
•www.theauroragems.com
•www.nareeya.org
•www.pinoyexchange.com
•www.ruggedelegantliving.com
•www.bangkokguidebook.com
•www.nationmultimedia.com
•www.iheartlakorns.com

Khob khun krab!
ขอบคุณครับ!

*This has been posted some time August 2014 by yours truly! :)


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Re: MISS UNIVERSE | Asia's Finest in Traditional Costume

Postby perfect10 » Wed May 17, 2017 5:32 am

How about MISS ANIPORN TUK TUK THAILAND??? :-O :-O

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Re: MISS UNIVERSE | Asia's Finest in Traditional Costume

Postby yun lang » Wed May 17, 2017 6:45 am

perfect10 wrote:How about MISS ANIPORN TUK TUK THAILAND??? :-O :-O

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Sorry, but it's a blatant knock off of Thierry Mugler's motorcycle dress from 1992.
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Re: MISS UNIVERSE | Asia's Finest in Traditional Costume

Postby oneandonly » Wed May 17, 2017 7:56 am

perfect10 wrote:How about MISS ANIPORN TUK TUK THAILAND??? :-O :-O

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I just reposted this now.
It has been previously posted last August of 2014 (as you may see on the last part of this post.)
I still don't have time to edit this. =b

Good observation though. :-D
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Re: MISS UNIVERSE | Asia's Finest in Traditional Costume

Postby JorgeInternational » Wed May 17, 2017 7:50 pm

I-) It's OK. but "Best NatCos" is only a wretched prize of consolation. I-)

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Re: MISS UNIVERSE | Asia's Finest in Traditional Costume

Postby cindy_kato » Sun May 21, 2017 10:25 am

Alfredo Barazza's creations for Filipina queens are still the best.

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The only one that comes close to his creation is the crepe paper inspired costume of Gatpuno

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