Vickie Rushton has given her fans and followers a glimpse of her national costume for the Binibining Pilipinas pageant.
On Instagram on Wednesday, January 20, the beauty queen, who is representing Negros Occidental, showcased her butterfly-inspired gown, which was created by Jomar Peralta of House of Victoria.
"Vickie’s costume pays tribute to her country and heritage by drawing inspiration from The Magellan Birdwing butterfly, named after Ferdinand Magellan," explained the designer.
"This butterfly is one of the largest of its species in the world and it can be found in the Philippines. Vickie is always fascinated with butterflies that symbolizes resilience, change, and new beginnings and it is a perfect representation of her life and pageant journey," he said.
According to Peralta, the base of Vicki's costume is hand painted with intricate patterns, vectors, and vibrant colors that represents one of the most celebrated festivals in Vickie's hometown, the Minuluan Festival.
"The Minuluan Festival is a celebration of the bravery, heroism, and glorious life of peace-loving Talisaynons," said Peralta.
"Carefully embellished with thousands of Swarovski crystals, rhinestones, and gems with the painstaking procedure of combining more than 20 colors of crystals by hand, it became a challenge because of its scale," he continued.
Peralta said Vickie's national costume aims to show the beauty of the Philippines and its culture.
"And, in the midst of what is happening in the world, there is still hope, and we will emerge as a better person just like a beautiful butterfly," he said.
Vickie, 28, is among the 30 candidates vying for the Binibining Pilipinas International crown and other major titles.
Last May, the competition was postponed due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Pre-pageant activities later resumed in November. According to reports, the coronation night, which was initially scheduled on April 26, 2020, will be held in mid-2021.