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Miss Universe National Costume Show at the Miss Universe beauty pageant being held in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Shown above here is Miss Uruguay, Stephany Ortega. More costumes may be seen here.
Model Charlbi Dean for June 2010 Indian Vogue editorial set in Namibia // Photography by James Meakin
Clothing shown are mostly made by Indian designers, taking inspiration and aspects from Indian traditional costumes.
An Armenian woman in her national costume taken March 1912 in Artvin, Russia (now a part of Turkey).
This original coloured photograph was taken by the famous Russian photographer and chemist, Sergey Mikhaylovich Prokudin-Gorsky (b.1863 - d.1944), using a customised camera and a photographic technique which allows for the negatives to be recreated in colour.
A colourised (circa 1940s - 1950s by Jayce) scan of Carmen Miranda, a celebrated Brazilian broadway actress and samba singer known to wear elaborately decorated hats.
Her costumes mainly took inspiration from the South American national costumes. Her notable fruit-themed costumes is said to have inspired a 60s art movement in Brazil referred to as Tropicalismo.
An elaborate haute couture Kebaya by Anne Avantie.
The Kebaya is one of the traditional costumes from South East Asia, often worn on special occasions in Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia. The kebaya is a form of traditional blouse, made from diaphanous materials, and is worn with a songket, a sarong, batik or any traditional knitted garment that has a colorful and detailed motif.
This design puts a modern twist on the old fashions in an alluring way.
Miss Japan 2009 Emiri Miyasaka’s “National Costume” that sparked controversy across the internet. They later increased the hemline of the costume.
We have had Sami clothing before, but this is an example of modern day usage of the traditional dress in Northern Norway. The article was from February last year and the caption reads:
Audience under crown-prince Haakon’s and crown-princess Mette-Marit’s visit in “vidda” in Kautokeino where they got to meet Sami people and learn about reindeer rearing on Thursday afternoon.
Føroyski tjóðbúnin (Faroese National Costume)
The traditional Faroese costume is based on the common people’s everyday clothes in the 1800s. It is still widely used in the Faroes at graduation ceremonies, weddings and confirmations.
photo @ Færøske frimærker
Women in Þjóðbúningurinn (the collective term for Icelandic national costume) at Stokkseyri on 19 June, Women’s Rights Day.
As part of the nationalist movement in Iceland towards the end of the 19th century, great importance was attached to the idea of a national dress. The artist Sigurður Guðmundsson reworked the original traditional Faldbúningur, Peysuföt and Upphlutur to create the Kyrtill and Skautbúningur.
All of these are recognized traditional costumes for women, and many are still worn on special occasions.