The Catriona Gray national costume will soon be displayed for public viewing on December 30, 2018.
In the National Costume competition of the Miss Universe 2018 pageant, the 24-year old beauty queen wore a beaded pantsuit with a giant parol on her back. Many were amazed with is as it represented the three major islands of the Philippines. The giant parol anchored in her back represents Luzon; her Pintados-inspired body suit represents Visayas and the beads and her shoes for Mindanao.
During the media launch of the Philippine Quincentennial Commemorations, which celebrates the 500th anniversary of the Victory in Mactan, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) featured Catriona’s costume. The committee explained the meaning of the costume in details-
“The costume designed by Jearson Demavivas was inspired by the batik (tattoo) motifs of the 16th-century Visayan warriors documented in the Boxer Codex (ca. 1590
Also forms part of the costume are the T’boli accessories designed as well by Demavivas, and the knee-high boots featuring the Mindanaoan textile patterns designed by Jojo Bragais with the assistance of Ardel Presentacion.
The Pampanga lantern reflective of the colors of the Philippine national flag was also designed by Demavivas and executed by the lantern maker from City of San Fernando, Pampanga, Eric B. Quiwa. Gray’s team is grateful as well to Rhyann Andrade for the LED features of the Pampanga lantern.
Pukpuk (silver metal craft) folk artist Tomas Ramirez did the borders inspired by the details of the baroque churches–a craft introduced to Gray’s team by Mak Tumang, also a noted Kapampangan fashion designer.
The Botong-style mural of select vignettes of Philippine History is a collaboration of artists Kim Christine Fababair, Marina Ceriola, and Renee Avila. Carlos Buendia Jr, Gray’s coach, and History professor Xiao Chua, guided the historical and cultural features of the ensemble costume. While Justin Aliman curated the overall style of Gray’s costume.”
It was mentioned that Philippine Airlines carried the costume back to the country free og charge.
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