Thailand has always excelled in their National Costumes. Owing to a rich culture and heritage that remains in place all over the country up to now, there’s no question as to how and why their local designers can come up with the most amazing concepts to share with the world.
In recent years, the country has upped the ante, so to speak. Instead of just contracting true-blue fashion professionals, the organizers conduct an annual contest in search for the best design for a National Costume to be fielded in Miss Universe. And here, anyone can join for as long as creativity is shown in large doses. Last year alone, the contest received so many entries where the winner went on to finalize the fantasy traditional creation that won for Miss Thailand Universe 2010 Fonthip Watcharatrakul one of her two special awards in Las Vegas.
This year, the winning piece draws inspiration from Norasingh – a half-human, half-animal guardian spirit in Thai mythological/folkloric history. Gold statues of the same can be seen dotting Bangkok’s Grand Palace. I will surely be amazed once I get to see how the finished product would like. My Thai friend spoke to the designer who is just about putting the final touches prior to showing the same to the Press before Miss Thailand Universe 2011 Chanyasorn Sakornchan leaves for Sao Paulo in a week’s time.
Watch out for the unveiling very soon! 😉