Everyone was enthralled by Catriona Gray in an intricate gown made by Mark Tumang during the preliminaries night of Miss Universe held in Bangkok, Thailand last Thursday.
In an Instagram post, the Philippines’ bet described the creation, inspired by eponymous magical bird Ibong Adarna from Philippine folklore, as “a fitting symbol of resilience, rising, and rebirth”.
IBONG ADARNA 🧡🇵🇭 The Blazing Siren by @maktumang My preliminary gown was inspired by the 'Ibong Adarna': a prominent Filipino folklore that is a mythologicalnous bird. Story goes, the Ibong Adarna's enchanting voice can enable complete healing to anyone who hears it. Some artists liken it to the mythological Phoenix where it recurrently regenerates itself by arising amidst a spectacle of flames and candescence. This makes it a fitting symbol of resilience, rising and rebirth. 🇵🇭🔥 My earrings were designed by me and executed by @tesserajewelry as another ode to the Philippines with the Philippine sun and golden South sea pearls, our national gem. 🇵🇭 Thank you to @maktumang for his amazing craftsmanship and exquisite execution of this gown, to @justine.aliman19 and @ton_lao for styling in @bragaisjojo heels and @tesserajewelry. Thank you to mamang @hairbybrentsales and @jellyeugenio for teaching me to slay my hair and makeup! And to @carlosbuendiajr, the man behind my walk 🌋 I love you all!!!
However, it appears that it wasn’t only Catriona who wore the Filipino pride on her sleeve that night. According to Preview, the glittering evening portion saw a fest of Philippine fashion through the creations wore by other contestants, starting with Miss Cana Marta Magdalena Stepien’s crystal-entrusted, waist-cinching piece by Dubai-based designer Michael Cinco.
Miss Ecuador Virgina Limongi, meanwhile, looked flattering in a signature Mark Bumgarner gown.
Hermosa ✨✨✨The gorgeous Miss Universe Ecuador @virginialimongis wearing me tonight at the @missuniverse preliminaries 🍋🍋🍋🍋🇪🇨🇪🇨🇪🇨 Custom #markbumgarner photo by: @dookieducay hmu:@abtkurniawan styledby @misskeithmanila #missuniverse #missuniberso #missuniverse2018 #missecuador #markbumgarner
House of Bea Bianca, a fashion designer from Caloocan, expertly tailored a fringe-adorned see-through dress for Miss Nepal Manita Devkota.
Miss Kenya Wabaiya Kariuki looked regal in a white, body-hugging sheer gown by Jian Asala.
WHEN A DREAM BECOMES REALITY . . . #Repost @mariastsehai (@get_repost) ・・・ Team work is very important and I would like to recognize the team! Special shoutout to our team Kenya 😘😘 Many thanks to @reneeodera for your dedication to keep to the spirit of what we envision as the empowerment of young girls in East Africa Special love to @jianlasala who designed this awesome masterpiece making beautiful @wabaiyakariuki a goddess that he envisioned Thank you @charlielapson for the custom made jewellery #charlielapson always coming through And much love and appreciation to For shoes: Jojo Bragais @bragaisjojo Lingerie: Julius Pegarro @juliuspegarrojaguio Alterations: Jaque Varazatiravatt @voravajbangkok Logistics: Bong Tan @bong.tan Dicey Silverio @mcclarence_dice Romyr Libo-on (ND Miss Cambodia) @romyrstyle Patrick Henry Mergano @styledbypatrickhenry Press: @sashfactorinfo @roadtomissuniverse @missuupdates And @geegee_ayugi for the smooth social media and catwalk coaching And @cateodera for branding And last but not least special love and prayer for you - our beautiful @wabaiyakariuki - you made us all proud from around the world and Africa 💖💖💖 Sisi ni Jumuiya - team Africa 💪🏽💪🏽 Go team Kenya 🇰🇪 #MissUniverse2018 #MissUniverseKE #MissUniverseKenya #kenya
Joel Escober, who has previously created an elegant fabric gown for Miss Japan 2008 earlier this month, executed a piece of the same effect for the country’s bet this year, Miss Japan Yuumi Kato.
Thank you for your supports always ❤️ tonight was unforgettable night for me. I had a hard time when i was young and wasn’t able to receive formal education since the age of 13 but i could be able to be in this wonderful stage. Everyone dreams will come true if you don’t give up and keep going for it ❤️ thank you ! Dress by @joelescober Jewelry by @grossejapan @grosseglace @missuniverse.in.th @missuniverse @missuupdates #yuumikato #preliminary #missuniversejapan2018 #missuniverse2018 #67thmissuniverse
Last but not the least is Miss New Zealand Estelle Curd, who dazzled in a fiery red halter gown designed by Sidney Eculla of IloIlo City.