Stone the flamin crows, that's Aussie fashion?
LOVE it or hate it the Miss Universe national costume makes a bold, Aussie statement.
The catwalk hazard, created by emerging Victorian designer Caitlin Holstock was inspired by a Dreamtime sunset and will be worn by Miss Australia Tegan Martin in the national costume portion of the Miss Universe international final.
The designer was granted permission from Melbourne's Wurundjeri clan to showcase the prints originally painted by elder William Barak in the 1800s.
It features a skirt embellished with clay beading and native drawings, a beaded headband and a sunset backdrop created using adjustable tent poles.
Ms Martin has said she will have to learn to walk in it before the international final in Miami in January.
The costume was met with mixed reviews and there are concerns for cultural authenticity and potential embarrassment on the international stage - but the design proves some Aussie designers aren't holding back and finding their inspiration in the unique colours and culture of the land Down Under.
Smoke & Mirros manager Brooke Parry said she thinks living in Australia gives the freedom to wear whatever we want which reflects our diverse culture.
It's no surprise she absolutely loves the Miss Australia costume.
"The colours remind me of a desert sunset and the top reminds me of the red dirt in our outback. The skirt reminds me of our aboriginal ancestors' drawings," she said.
As a stockist of all Australian designers, Smoke & Mirrors is a local boutique which celebrates Aussie designers.
Ms Parry said one of the most popular labels was Talulah, a Byron Bay based label which produced exclusive prints representing the Australian culture and changing colours.
"We also stock the well known and loved Cameo and Finders Keepers," she said.
"These Australian labels bring the future fashion trends to us here in Australia and put their own little twist in it.
"We also have a magic range with all items under $100."
Ms Parry said her own style was influenced by the climate.
"In Summer I stock up on cute, light day dresses that can be taken from day to night. There are some great colours that come through like cobalt blue and dark cherry red for winter and gorgeous brights for spring that reflect our gorgeous gardens."