Do not design the national costume for Miss Universe Singapore

Here’s my tip to all fashion designers out there: Do not design the national costume for Miss Universe Singapore. You may think that it is an honour to design the national costume that Miss Universe Singapore will be wearing for the beauty pageant. You are wrong.
Firstly, Singapore does not have a national costume. Unlike countries like Japan or Netherlands where they have their own national costume, we Singapore don’t have one. We are a multi racial country. Every race have their own traditional costume. However, you can’t take the traditional costume of one race and use it. The other races will complain that you are being bias and not promoting racial harmony.
And don’t think about combining elements of several traditional costume for Singapore’s national costume. Most of the time it will look weird.
So what can you do if you are asked to design the national costume for Miss Universe Singapore? Well, take some elements that represents Singapore and design a dress. Here’s the national costume for Miss Universe Singapore 2015.
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If you do a search on Social Media now, you will see lots of criticism about the design. I’m actually waiting for some smart aleck “fashion designer” to come up with his “better” design. Well, if you are so good at designing national costume for Singapore, then why didn’t you step forward earlier?
In fact, I don’t remember a time when Singaporeans actually praise the Miss Universe Singapore national costume design. You know why? Because it is tough to please Singaporeans.
So if anyone ask you to design the national costume for Miss Universe Singapore, run! Run as far as you can and don’t look back. There’s no honour in doing it. Your months of hard work and effort will go down the drain no matter what you do.

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