The ancient art of wayang, a form of Javanese puppetry, brings this simple yet bold and warrior-like costume to life.
The art of wooden puppetry, traditional to the Sundanese people of West Java, gave inspiration for this subtle costume at the 2011 contest.
This bird-like dress-sculpture plays on the colors of the Indonesian flag and mirrors the shape of the country’s coat of arms: the Garuda Pancasila.
The Reog Ponorogo, a traditional Indonesian dance, is at the heart of this carnivalesque costume worn by Whulandary Herman.
This architectural costume was inspired by Java’s Borobudur Temple, the world’s largest Buddhist temple and one of the most important religious landmarks in Indonesia.
Rocking a traditional Balinese look, contestant Anindya Kusuma Putri takes inspiration from the island’s rich mythology, gold and all.
This spectacular costume at the 2017 show represents the idea of “Unity in Diversity”. Indonesia is a vastly multicultural place, yet bound by a sense of one nation, a message all the more important in the current climate of cultural and religious tensions in the country.