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August 22 2014

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Vivienne Westwood Nominated for Miss Universe…Costumes

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Although the actual pageant doesn’t air until tonight, the Miss Universe contestants debuted their “National Costumes” in Las Vegas last Friday—a questionable sartorial event that today, prompted journalist Hilary Alexander to tweet, “Why didn’t Vivienne Westwood or McQueen or Chris Kane or Mary K or Anyone design the Miss UK National Costume in Miss Universe…” After scrolling through the images, we have similar questions about all the countries’ costumes. Miss Switzerland appeared to be a “sexy” hotel porter, Denmark was either a mermaid or a dolphin, and Miss Bahamas opted for a pirate costume. We have to agree that Dame Viv would have created an infinitely better Union Jack unitard than the one Miss Great Britain, who it must be noted, like all the contestants, is stunning on her own, chose to wear. We also think Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung, or Rodarte could have improved on Miss USA’s see-through Lady Liberty look. Any takers for next year?

Photo: Everett Collection / Rex USA

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