One of the most anticipated areas of competition for the Miss Universe pageant is always the evening gown portion. Each year, contestants grace us with stunning and unique designs that leave us in awe until the next year’s competition.
This year, there were many gowns that left Miss Universe fans captivated and there was no shortage of diversity among the gowns. Each contestant’s evening gown was unidentical to the rest and each as stunning as the next; but, I cannot remember a year where the last three contestants standing were all wearing the same color of gown. We’ll be sure to see multiple shades of gold on many pageant stages this upcoming year.
Here are 10 evening gowns that presented outstandingly on stage at this year’s Miss Universe pageant.
Top 10 Evening Gowns from Miss Universe 2016
10. Miss Universe Kazakhstan, Darina Kulsitova
Darina Kulsitova’s evening gown was one of the most unique gowns to grace the Miss Universe 2016 stage. I love the way this ball gown silhouette not only is adorned with details that immediately catch the eye but also doesn’t take attention away from Darina’s beautiful face. The bulk of the detail sits along the hem, adding excellent movement as she walks. She tied her whole look together with a choker necklace that matches her gown perfectly.
9. Miss Universe Myanmar, Htet Htet Htun
Htet Htet Htun was a vision in yellow on the Miss Universe stage. This column silhouette is beautifully adorned with elegant floral detailing scattered throughout the bodice and hem of the gown. In my opinion, the bodice makes this gown. The straps feature a dual sleeve, one stretching around her neck as a halter and the other wrapping around her shoulders. She added in a bit of sex appeal with side cutouts and an illusion mesh skirt. A dramatic train follows behind her as she walks across the stage, adding excellent movement.
8. Miss Universe Dominican Republic, Sal Garcia
Representing the Dominican Republic, Sal Garcia stepped out in this sophisticated column silhouette. The fit is impeccable and the cut of the neckline and bold cap sleeves are a true compliment to her figure. Sal was one of just a handful of contestants that played with texture for her evening gown. I love the complete asymmetry of this design from top to bottom as my eye never gets stuck on one area.
Want to see what Sal wore when she won her title of Miss Dominican Republic? (Read: Miss Universe Dominican Republic 2016 Evening Gown: HIT or MISS?)
7. Miss Universe Ukraine, Alena Spodynyuk
Alena Spodynyuk truly stood out among the rest because of her evening gown of choice. Unlike many of the gowns seen on this year’s Miss Universe stage, Alena’s evening gown featured a column silhouette with a bold overskirt and puffed long sleeves. She was also one of the few contestants that chose red as her evening gown color of choice. With this much fabric and detail, she still manages to project such confidence that she is not overwhelmed by the gown itself. Her sophistication and regalty truly stood out. (Read: How to Pick the Right Red Evening Gown)
6. Miss Universe Poland, Izabella Krzan
One of many contestants that stepped out in a gold evening gown, Izabella Krzan wore this incredible column silhouette with a tulle overskirt. The fabric cascades beautifully down Izabella’s every curve, hugging her body and accentuating her slim frame. This particular evening gown complements Izabella immensely well. It’s an entirely fluid presentation. If you have one detail that is too overwhelming or dramatic on your gown, you can run the risk of drawing too much attention to that specific element and the “you” can get lost among it. This was not the case for Izabella.
5. Miss Universe Brazil, Raissa Santana
I myself was a little shocked when Brazil did not make the top 6; however, she looked phenomenal on stage the entire time. I could stare at Raissa in this gown for hours; it is so beautifully detailed and complements her incredibly well. This gold gown against her flawless caramel complexion is so striking and I love that she chose to embrace her natural hair. The unique beading updates this look and separates it from being just a run-of-the-mill pageant gown.
4. Miss Universe France, Iris Mittenaere
The new Miss Universe, shown here as Miss Universe France, wore a gown of sheer elegance that shouted classic pageant beauty with a modern twist. This gown has it all: figure glittering, ornate beading, pushing the envelope with a sexy neckline, and enough glitz to command the stage and the attention of the judges. There is no doubt we will be seeing this style of evening gown hitting pageant stages everywhere this upcoming year.
Interested in reading more about Iris’ evening gown? (Read: Miss Universe 2016 Evening Gown: HIT or MISS?)
3. Miss Universe Venezuela, Mariam Habach
In my opinion, Mariam Habach, Miss Universe Venezuela’s evening gown did not get the attention it deserved. This gown is breathtakingly beautiful with a perfectly fitted column silhouette, a dramatic overskirt, beautiful crystal detailing, and a unique ombre effect gliding down the skirt. The bodice stops right above her rib cage with a crystal waistband to help her legs appear longer and slim her waistline. Mariam looked showstopping, especially when she removed the full overskirt to reveal her perfectly toned physique
2. Miss Universe Philippines, Maxine Medina
I was disappointed to see that Maxine Medina had swapped out her gowns for the final pageant. Although emerald green is not as prominent on the pageant stage as it once was, I fell in love with this gown on Maxine. She made the Philippines proud when she stepped on stage in this sensational gown. Maxine won over the hearts of the world with her unique style and effervescent personality. Her emerald green evening gown with a stunning fringe skirt oozed confidence and reflected her personality perfectly.
1. Miss Universe Colombia, Andrea Tovar
Andrea Tovar is the picture of elegance and showcases how you can balance two entirely different design aesthetics. Pretty, polished and poised. Andrea chose to wear this gown during both the preliminary pageant and the final pageant and it is obvious why. This gown is more like a masterpiece than an evening gown. Various shimmers and sheens radiate under the stage lights, and you simply can’t ignore the tiered skirt and delicate designs.
Want to see more fabulous gowns worn at Miss Universe 2016? (Read: 5 Stunning Gowns Worn By Miss Universe 2016 Contestants)
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