The Seventeenth World Congress of Master Tailors was held in Brazil this year-the first time that a Latin-American nation has hosted the convention.
MVS INTERIOR: Guests seated at dining tables during World Congress of Master Tailors, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (TWO SHOTS)
GV: Model displaying flowing, bat-wing evening dress in floral decor, AND GV: Guests watching (TWO SHOTS)
MV: Model displaying black and silver lame evening dress with feathered tail-peace and feathered and silver lame fan head-dress.
SV: Model displaying black and yellow swimming costume with ornate 'bess-wing cloak in matching colours.
SV: Male model displaying black and silver 'Roman centurion' type costume with plumbed, matching silver lame head-dress
GV: Male model displaying ornate gold costume with giant head and tail pieces.
GVS: Model displaying white outfit in Aztec Indian style in white, trimmed with feathers, with giant tail piece in coloured fan-shape, and guests watching (TWO SHOTS)
GV: Male model displaying 'chain mail armour' type costume in gold and white with giant epaulettes, and waving sword
GV: Models line up for finale
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Background: The Seventeenth World Congress of Master Tailors was held in Brazil this year-the first time that a Latin-American nation has hosted the convention. Between conferences, delegates form thirty nations were given a chance to see some of the world's top fashions-and on Saturday (3 September) it was the turn of the Brazilian team to display some very fancy needlework.
SYNOPSIS: The parade was perhaps the highest of Brazilian haute couture. In a nation widely known for its colourful pageantry and gaudy carnival costumes, it was not surprising that some on the outfits were not exactly fit for normal wear. This bat-wing creation was perhaps one of the more sober models, and maybe one of the few that a sophisticated woman could wear for an evening out.
But as the evening wore on the outfits reflected the wilder flights of designer's fancy. This one certainly wasn't designed for the dinner table.
A swimming costume with a difference plunging into the pool in this one might well result in drowning. And anyway, bees don't swim.
The 'Roman centurion' look with a difference-not really designed for battle, although the very sight of it might gave scared off a few of the enemy.
And another costume for the male delegates-or perhaps only the boldest of them.
Latin-America was once the land of the Indians. The culture of the Aztecs, the most civilised of all of them, was clearly the influence here.
Another fighting theme-chain mail complete with weaponry. But he's hardly dangerous.
A grand finale for a grand collection-with all the colour, vibrancy and spirit expected of a carnival-loving nation.