By Ayus Wijaya
During several editions at the last decade of 1990's, Miss World has presented a special award for Best National Costume winner. One of them is Anica Martinovic from Croatia who won this award in 1995 with a national costume designed by designer Branka Donassy. Anica was also the First Runner Up of Miss World 1995 and it is currently the highest placement ever achieved by this country at Miss World.
The national costume was inspired by Croatian natural wonder, the Adriatic Sea and over than a thousand Croatian islands on it. Hence, the blue color and the shell accessories dominates the costume. The creative idea behind the design of the costume also shows us that the source of inspiration for a national costume in pageants should not be limited to traditional dress of a country only. Even something as unexpected as this "Deep Blue Sea" costume could still work, as long as it still has relevance with the country's national identity.
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