India’s Miss Universe contestant criticised

The national costume of India’s Miss Universe contestant, Ushoshi Sengupta, which reminds one distinctly of a peacock, gets a thumbs down from designers.

fashion and trends Updated: Aug 20, 2010 14:00 IST

A deep shade of blue, expansive peacock wings and frothy blue fabric forming a train. Sounds like a fancy dress costume? Actually, it’s the gown that Ms India, Ushoshi Sengupta, wore for the National Costume round of the Ms Universe pageant, in Las Vegas, US, on Monday.

Designed by Kolkata-based designer duo Dev R Nil, the dress, which seemed to lack structured tailoring, looked like a gown gone horribly wrong, say Indian designers. It was also a deviation from the ethnic

lehenga choli

that Indian contestants have been wearing at the pageant for years. The fashion frat is not reacting too kindly to the ‘fusion dress’.


Designer Shaina NC says, “The ideal option for this round would have been an innovatively draped sari, as that perfectly sums up Indian style sensibility.” Designer Mandira Wirk says, “The designers took the theme of peacock too literally. There is no subtle femininity in the outfit.” Designer Nida Mahmood says,

“The colours on the gown came out a bit strong.” Ritu Kumar, who has been designing national costumes for Miss Universe contestants for the past many years, said, “I would not criticise anybody’s designs. But look at the outfit I designed for Lara Dutta who won the national costume round in 2000, and you can decide for yourself.”

Defending the outlandish attire, Nil says, “The brief given to us was that it should be inspired by the national bird, peacock. We chose this dress as it’s contemporary. It may look like a gown but it’s inspired by the traditional sari. The peacock feathers make up the pallu that spreads open when she does the



First Published: Aug 18, 2010 16:46 IST