Indeed, Catriona Gray was one of the best highlight of the Binibining Pilipinas 2018. Not only was she crowned as Miss Universe Philippines, she also brought home numerous awards including Best in Swimsuit and Pitoy Moreno Best in National Costume.
The 24-year-old former Miss World Philippines title holder also won the Best in Long Gown for her elegant performance in the evening gown competition.
In an exclusive interview by the Philippine Entertainment Portal (PEP), Mak Tumang, who has been the stylist of Catriona since Miss World Philippines 2016, relayed the story behind her outfit.
“I came to know Catriona Gray in 2016 through her fashion stylist. I have established a good rapport with Catriona and her team.
“I made several gowns for her activities at Miss World 2016 quest. Our collaboration has yielded to a positive result.”
They teamed up once again for the Binibining Pilipinas 2018. According to him, Catriona explained to him what she wanted to wear for the pageant by using 10,000 Swarovski crystals and gold paillettes.
“For the Binibining Pilipinas 2018, we started conceptualizing the gown since December 2017.
“The inspiration of the gown is a result of my collaboration with Catriona’s vision of what she wants in a gown including silhouette, color and texture.
“I was given the upper hand to apply my gown construction techniques and attention to details especially at the back which is inspired by the splatter of the waves. It is made of muted gold minute paillettes, encrusted with more than 10,000 Swarovski crystals.”
Upon further explanation, the designer described how he felt when Catriona finally wore the long gown he made for her.
“It felt surreal and at the same time overwhelmed with happiness that my hard work has paid off. It actually took time to sink in.”
“I was literally jumping with joy the moment she won the Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 2018, knowing that I have contributed a part in her victory.
On the other hand, he wished to collaborate again with the beauty queen for the upcoming Miss Universe 2018 pageant.
“I want to believe that it is safe to say that I will still be her designer for the Miss Universe 2018, based on the pronouncement of Catriona team.
“Moreso, Catriona and her team trusted me and had worked with me comfortably during her Bb. Pilipinas 2018 stint.”
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