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Miss Universe Singapore’s national costume this year is a 3D-printed fashion realness-slay-the-house-down—even if it has the bones of a Last of Us clicker.
Representing Singapore in the Miss Universe pageant this year, Carissa Yap strutted on stage in New Orleans in an outfit dreamed up by local fashion designer Frederick Lee. The fact that computation was used to form the veins of the orchid petal design is a technological feat—and a far cry from the 2018 costume that looked like something a tourist would buy from a Chinatown souvenir stall.
But listen, there are just so many times Singapore can milk inspiration from Vanda Miss Joaquim, Gardens by the Bay, or the shape of our island. Take our national identity to the next level on the world stage with these truly Singaporean outfits.
– A ball gown lined with faux otter fur and decorative koi-scale sequins.
– An OCS singlet, but make it a maxi dress.
– A black feathery jumpsuit with in-built speakers that shriek the “uwoh” Koel bird sounds at random times.
– A sparkly OL outfit made by Love Bonito, adorned with fishball noodle baubles.
– An ensemble made of repurposed Beyond the Vines dumpling bags. Reversible Beyond the Vines bucket hat optional.
– Velvet tank top and brocade leggings by Anya Active; perfect for runways and spin class.
– A tribute to the Singapore military: Thigh-high combat boots and oversized SAF admin t-shirt that drapes over the legs.
– Crop top and denim shorts with mini air conditioners jutting out from a backpiece, kept at a constant 21°C.
– Uniqlo Airism oversized pinafore, Gentle Monster shades, Gentlewoman tote bag.
– An ice cream sandwich onesie.
– An all-white get-up, which signifies purity and integrity.