Beauty queens competing in pageants abroad highlight the best of Philippine fashion through unique designs and fabrics.
Miss Philippines Catriona Gray wore a T’nalak dress in one of the pre-pageant events for the Miss Universe 2018 pageant happening in Bangkok, Thailand. It was designed by Jearson Demavivas.
In another occasion, the Bicolana beauty queen wore the Kababayan Lahi denim jacket during a tour at the Siam Snail Eco Farm in Bangkok. She also wore a Nino Franco skirt with T’boli embroidery.
Gray also wore a white dress by Noel Crisostomo, a round Sampaguita bag by Cali, and shoes by popular shoe designer Jojo Bragais.
Jehza Huelar, who is competing in the Miss Supranational 2018 pageant, wore a Yakan dress by Renee Salud.
“I love it that indigenous Philippine weaves (from Mindanao) get to be part of the wardrobe of two Misses Philippines currently competing abroad: Catriona Gray in Miss Universe, and Jehza Huelar in Miss Supranational,” says Concon Sinel, pageant director.
Sinel says: “We, in Philippine Tapestry world tour, have been advocating for the global acceptance of these beautiful weaves. It is high time we see these fabrics grace the red carpet of the world’s biggest events.”
It would be recalled that the Mindanao Tapestry show debuted during the 2016 Miss Universe beauty pageant season in the Philippines in January 2017.
Twenty-nine candidates then of the Miss Universe 2016 beauty contest modeled neo-ethnic fashion of Salud and the Mindanao weavers during a special show in Davao City.
“By showcasing the best of Mindanao, the 29 candidates will be let in to a Mindanao that it is rich in culture, beauty and tradition, not a Mindanao that is ridden in strife and conflict as portrayed in media,” says Salud, who conceptualized the Mindanao show.
Aside from Philippines, some of the candidates who wore Mindanao fabrics then include delegates from Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria, Russia, Venezuela, USA, Mexico, Paraguay, Netherlands, India, Namibia, Hungary, Ecuador, etc.