Just last week, Bea Gomez landed in Eilat, Israel for the upcoming Miss Universe 2021 competition, happening this December 12 (December 13 for us at this side of the globe). The Cebuana beauty queen packed light, only bringing five luggages and a couple boxes to house all the looks she'll be wearing before and during the pageant.
Even if that may be the case, she made sure to bring along the most stunning pieces for all of her pre-pageant activities. One of them was a beaded golden terno dress by Ram Silva, which was originally designed and made for Rabiya Mateo! Preview reached out to the designer behind the gorgeous, proudly Pinoy piece, and got to pick up some noteworthy tidbits of info about it.
Bea Gomez's Gold Terno Dress by Ram Silva
The dynamic garment featured a bustier with a sweetheart-neckline, a knee-length pencil skirt and the iconic terno sleeves. The Cebuana beauty queen let the dress shine by pulling her hair back and only having twin dangling tendrils frame her face. Gold studs on her ears and a classic pair of nude stilettos wrapped up the subtle but impactful golden goddess look.
Ram shared with Preview that aside from being an updated take on the silhouette, the dress also paid homage to a historic landmark in Jaro, Iloilo. "My attention was caught by the grandeur of the Jalandoni-Lopez Vito Heritage House. [It sparked] my imaginative mind to create a piece of art, [a] dress inspired by the architectural structure of the mansion," they said. "I incorporated the different architectural designs of the [landmark through] more detailed [applications.]"
With the piece being more than just eye candy, the designer continued, "The Filipiniana terno in gold represents the plight of our country during [the] colonization era. It speaks about our rich cultural heritage that, despite the difficulties [we have faced], we are destined to be victorious."
The intricate details of the piece can already be appreciated from afar, but they're even more awe-inspiring when inspected up close. Meticulous beading done in lattice-like patterns embellish every inch of the frock, with fern appliques shaping the bodice, and glistening fringes adorning the skirt.
"The intertwining of the beads represents our [country's] resiliency, and [not losing our national identity despite the assimilation of different cultures]" Ram told Preview. The designer made use of eco-friendly, handcrafted gold beads, and finished the garment in about a week's time.
As mentioned, this isn't the first time Ram's dressed a beauty queen. On her first day with the national title, Bea wore a lush cobalt blue jumpsuit designed and constructed by them.
Aside from her and Rabiya, past and current titleholders such as Miss Intercontinental 2021, Cindy Faye Obenita, and Miss Globe 2021, Maureen Montagne, have also donned Ram's works before. "I always make it a point that every creation [I make for beauty queens always carries] the story of our country," the designer said.
With the big night nearing, all eyes are on Bea as she vies for the country's fifth crown from the pageant. Ram hopes the terno they made will help bolster her chances at victory, stating that, "the Jalandoni-Lopez Vito Heritage House is a living legacy and a reminder that we, as a nation, will stand the test of time. I want Beatrice Luigi Gomez to feel proud wearing my creation, that like the heritage house she will stand tall and beautiful in her journey to be the next Miss Universe."
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