Astounding numbers behind Miss Universe 2016 national costumes

by Andeng Fernandez
Jan 29, 2017
Miss Philippines Maxine Medina wore a pricey headdress, while Miss Venezuela Mariam Habach donned the most intricate ensemble.

Before we all find out who among the 86 ladies will be crowned Miss Universe 2016, let's enumerate some astounding details about some national costumes.

After all, they were products of creativity, team effort, and hard work—so they deserve some recognition.

How many months to finish? How many meters of fabrics? How much?

1. Miss Philippines' head dress

While Rhett Eala's vinta-inspired fully-sequined gown was exquisite, the pricey item in Maxine Medina's ensemble during the preliminaries was her headdress.

Did you know that each 1.0mm South Sea Pearl costs $3,000 or PHP149,490?

Some claimed the whole thing was worth around PHP 2,500,000, but given the number of pearls, with no less than 40 of them, the head dress's estimated value may be put at roughly PHP 5,000,000.

2. Miss Australia's ocean waves skirt

Caris Tiivel's costume was "consciously created" to protect the Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest coral reef.

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According to designer Steph Audino, "I have drawn inspiration from the beautiful colors and textures found by over 600 types of coral and the countless species."

To create the ocean waves skirt, she used over 100 meters of fabric. That's equivalent to around 4,000 inches or 330 feet.

3. Miss Venezuela's costume inspired by Queen Encantadia del Mar, the mermaid Guaica

Designer Nidal Nouaihed used 120 meters of organza to create the waves. Then, she embroidered fish scales and hundreds of pearls and aquatic, blue, and gold tones on it.

Mariam Habach's gown, along with the headdress, scepter, and mask are beaded with thousands of turquoise, crystals, and pearls.

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4. Miss Indonesia's gold costume

Inspired by the Garuda, a mythical bird-like creature used as the country’s emblem, Kezia Warouw's entire outfit made of copper plates and sparkling stone ornaments weighed 20 kilograms.

Designer Dynand Fariz and his team took two months to complete it.

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4. Miss Thailand's costume embroidery

Chalita Suansane's gold ensemble is called the "Jewel of Thailand," which has more than 300,000 crystals to create an embroidery inspired by the paintings on a wall of the Royal Temple.

It also has seven additional decorations: top tiara, ear rings, necklace, bracelet, girdle, belt, and rings.

According to her Instagram account, all decorations are made of "gold plated silver with Swarovski Zirconia."

5. Miss Nicaragua's feathers

Wasn't Marina Jacoby's winged costume magnificent? Thanks to over a thousand green peacock feathers and plumes of yarn feathers in lime green.

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