Miss Australia Rachael Finch’s outfit raises eyebrows

A few eyebrows were raised when Miss Australia Rachael Finch stepped out for the national costume section of the Miss Universe competition.Picking exactly what element of our national character her outfit was depicting was not immediately clear to all.With its showgirl elements of sparkles, large head dress and revealing slit it left many digging deep to fathom its symbolic meaning. PICTURES: Patriotic couture at Miss Universe The designer, Perth-based Ruth Tarvydas, said the outfit represented sunset over the Opera House.”The Opera House has always been my favourite piece of artistic building, it is particularly magnificent at sunset,” said Perth-based Ruth Tarvydas.”The shapes are very conducive to a bust line and so it is sort of an abstract concept of sunset over the Opera House where I have visualised the yachts sailing, which is represented in the shape of the body which are spinnakers and sails sailing on the ocean at sunset.”The headdress represents the clouds at sunset and was designed by fellow Perth designer Tania Tehane.Tarvydas loves the design and will be launching a mini-dress version at the Perth Fashion Festival next month.She is no stranger to receiving strong opinions for her work having designed the revealing red dress that made Rebecca Twigley a household name for the 2004 Brownlow Medal. “I know it’s a national sport to criticise it,” Tarvydas said. “Criticism for the sake of criticism is not worth reading.”The Miss Universe competition is currently underway in the Bahamas.
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