KUALA LUMPUR: Reigning Miss Universe Malaysia 2018 Jane Teoh unveiled the much anticipated “Bangau Perahu” national costume for the 67th Miss Universe competition set to take place in Bangkok, Thailand, at a special preview in Damansara, today.
The unique “Bangau Perahu” national costume is based on an artistic interpretation of traditional Malay craftsmanship by designer Salleh Hamid, and will be showcased by Teoh during the National Costume segment, while the silver evening gown by Amaze’ will be worn at the show leading up to the crowning of the Miss Universe 2018 on Dec 17.
The media preview was attended by Datin Elaine Daly, national director of the Miss Universe Malaysia Organization (MUMO) and designers.
Salleh spent six months creating the costume inspired by the boat’s crane (sail guard), commonly seen on traditional fishing boats in the East Coast.
In the national costume, Salleh applied the “bangau” (on the right shoulder), “okok” (on the left shoulder), and caping on the neck.
Teoh said it’s been months dedicated to the process of making the dresses.
“It’s just thrilling to see the final creations, and I’m excited to be able to wear these creations to represent our country.
“The national costume is iconic and rich in Malay culture, while the evening gown is nothing short of exquisite.”
The national costume features a corset shaped like an armour laden with wooden carving in a traditional Malay pattern known as “Awan Larat.”
The handcrafted 3D element of the front shield resembles the front of the boat, while the playful shimmer of the skirt was inspired by the glistening sea water as the boat cuts through the water.
To complement the attire, blue warrior-like, custom-made boots were designed by shoe designer Rhea Tan to complement the look.