Prominent Philippine fashion designer Francis Libiran officially launched his fashion exhibit titled Francis Libiran Universe Collection at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila on April 13.
The said collection features the six gowns worn by Miss Universe Philippines 2021 Beatrice Luigi Gomez during the Miss Universe pageant, the coronation night of which concluded on December 12, 2021 in Eilat, Israel. Beatrice finished in the top five.
According to Francis, each piece was inspired Beatrice’s personality. “Before I design something for clients, I would really sit down, talk to them, and get to know them. That’s very important for me. I want to know how they are as a person. And I would always ask this question: how do you see yourself on that stage in front of the whole universe?” he said.
Likewise, Miss Universe Philippines National Director Shamcey Supsup-Lee recognized Francis’s dedication towards his masterpieces, saying, “I know the work that entails to produce all the bead gowns, and I think you could really see the dedication. He was also the one who initiated to provide different looks and to ask Bea what she really feels would be the best fit for her during her competition.”
Meanwhile, Beatrice, for her part, recounted how the Miss Universe competition shaped her experiences. She said, “It became a learning experience for me, and I learned a lot about myself and the people that I’m with. I’m very grateful for the crown and what the crown brought into my life.”
Situated at the hotel’s Events Lounge, the fashion exhibit is open to the public for the month of April to May 2022.