A look at some past Miss Universe Singapore national costumes: Which is your favourite?

Miss Singapore 2015 Lisa Marie White wears her national costume during filming for the 2016 Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas on Dec 16, 2015.
Miss Singapore 2015 Lisa Marie White wears her national costume during filming for the 2016 Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas on Dec 16, 2015. PHOTO: EPA
Miss Singapore Universe 2008 Shenise Wong in a Merlion-inspired dress created by fashion design student Muhammed Hafiz Tahir.
Miss Singapore Universe 2008 Shenise Wong in a Merlion-inspired dress created by fashion design student Muhammed Hafiz Tahir.PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER

SINGAPORE - Miss Universe Singapore 2015 Lisa Marie White's national costume shouts Singapore.

The bright red gown features batik motifs, has a cheongsam collar, and is topped with an elaborate 3m-wide headdress festooned with giant orchids.

It was designed by couturier Frederick Lee for Miss White's appearance at the Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas on Dec 20, 2015.

Here are other Miss Universe national costumes from past years:


Miss Singapore 2014 Rathi Menon debuts her national costume during the Miss Universe National Costume Show on Jan 21, 2015. PHOTO: MISS UNIVERSE ORGANIZATION

Miss Universe Singapore 2014 Rathi Menon wore a gold skin-tight suit which appears to be inspired by the five stars and crescent moon on Singapore's national flag. It was matched with gold thigh-high boots.

Venezuelan celebrity designer Alejandro Fajardo Diaz is said to have designed her costume.

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National costume inspired by the Vanda Miss Joaquim worn by Shi Lim, Miss Singapore 2013.

Other costumes worn by Singapore contestants have received some flak over the years, including one designed after The Merlion and another after Singapore's national flower, the Vanda Miss Joaquim.

The costumes, which were featured in the Miss Universe contest in 2008 and 2013 respectively, were designed by local fashion designer Riyan Haffys. He studied fashion design in Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and Lasalle College of the Arts but did not complete his studies.

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 Miss Singapore 2009 Rachel Kum in another orchid-inspired creation.

The 2009 gown which was fashioned after an orchid and designed by fashion student Zhang Xiaoqin, was picked from 10 designs submitted by Raffles Design Institute students.

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 Miss Singapore Universe 2010 Tania Lim wears a silver gown inspired by Singapore's urban landscape.

In 2010, the national costume, heavily inspired by the architecture of Singapore's urban landscape, was created by Raffles Design Institute student Tracy Wu.

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Ms Singapore Universe 2011 Valerie Lim wearing a Peranakan-style national costume.

The 2011 national costume was designed by famous local designer Hayden Ng, who first dressed Miss Universe Singapore in 1987. It was inspired by the Peranakan wedding gown, called the kuah. The costume was also infused with elements of the other races in Singapore.

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