Catriona Gray was a work of her art in her recent photoshoot at the Manila Metropolitan Theater. In celebration of her 28th birthday, the National Commission for Culture and Arts ambassador stepped in front of the lense as iconic Filipino performers that have graced the MET stage. In a mesmerizing video by Jolo Luarca, you can witness Catriona embodying each type of artist in intricately-made symbolic garments.
Styled by Danae Vernisse Dipon, the beauty queen personified an "Opera Enchantress," a "Screen Siren," a "Carnival Queen," and a "Classic Thespian." Quite notably, one layout saw Catriona in a luxurious high-low magenta gown, accented by a matching feather headpiece and bright yellow eyelids.
Breathing life into a "Prima Ballerina," the 28-year-old multi-hyphenate was dressed in a silk taffeta dress by Al Rey Rosano. Al Rey shares with Preview that the dress was actually "an archive piece from [his] 2019 SoFA graduation show collection called My Sanctuary." The piece was inspired by the designer's journey with his faith, and he aimed to tell it through the frock's "lines, silhouettes, and textures."
He goes on to mention that the dress took two months to complete, from sketching the design all the way to actually constructing it. "We incorporated some ruffles and flounces into it and made some swirl effects so we could achieve the desired volume," he says.
Needless to say, the billowy piece was exactly what Catriona needed to fully capture the essence of a Prima Ballerina. Al Rey shares that he "personally picked this dress from [his] archive because it [had] something interconnected with the ballet dance."
"The play between vibrant, light elements and voluminous, structured details promote movement and mobility," he states, "a characteristic of a classical or romantic tutu dress."
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