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Filipino Designers Sketch Miss Universe Evening Gowns for Rabiya Mateo

We asked Pinoy designers to create their dream evening gown for our Miss Universe candidate!
Filipino Designers Sketch Miss Universe Evening Gowns for Rabiya Mateo
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We asked Pinoy designers to create their dream evening gown for our Miss Universe candidate!

Only a few days left before we find out who will be crowned the next Miss Universe. In anticipation, we can’t help but wonder what gown would Rabiya Mateo will wear during the coronation night. We’re sure your minds have been running wild, too! Even before the preliminary evening gown aired, we went ahead and asked local designers and fellow Preview readers to sketch out their vision of a red carpet-worthy evening gown fit for our morena queen! Sure enough, all the entries delivered the best! Curious? Scroll right ahead to see all the amazing ideas:

Ctara Chua (@ctarachua)

A high-slit golden gown, embellished with pearls and a cape? Definitely one for Miss Universe!

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Emanuel Rinoza (@emanuelrinoza)

“My dream evening gown for Rabiya Mateo is inspired by the legendary warrior princess, Urduja. Just like the warrior princess, I wanted to see Rabiya to be clad in gold to let her morena skin shine through.” He adds that this gown will be intricately detailed with gold rhinestones, swarovski crystals, and pearls to give that exquisite sparkle on stage.

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Rajo Laurel (@rajolaurel)

Rajo Laurel indulged us with four beautiful gowns. The first one is yellow with a voluminous skirt and a ribbon at the back.

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The second had an intricate sequin pattern on a plunging serpentina gown.

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Third one is reminiscent of Bougainvillea flowers, with its puffy fuchsia sleeves.

 

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The last one is a modern Filipina ensemble, inspired by the good old times.

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Mara Chua (@maraxchua)

Mara Chua designed a gorgeous gown with what seems to be inspired by the colors of the Aurora Borealis. The interesting cut-outs and the structured shoulder also gave the gown a powerful look!

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Jowie Mayan (@jowienamayanstudios)

Jowie Mayan designed two gowns, both of which looked like they were inspired by the stained glasses of a cathedral!

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Jozel Ignes (@jozelignes)

Jozel Lignes was inspired by the color red, which was Rabiya’s answer when asked about what color she thinks symbolizes a phenomenal woman.

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Cristantine Caparos (@cristantine.ph)

“I was enticed to create a modern Filipiniana gown inspired by our yellow sun and its solar flares because in our flag, it symbolizes unity, freedom, sovereignty, and democracy. Qualities that are needed at this time.” 

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 Jerald Bueno (@jeraldbueno)

A golden gown full of shimmers and glitters and an illusion neckline will surely make heads turn.

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Thian Rodriguez (@thianrodriguezmnl)

Thian Rodriguez designed a white one shoulder sheer gown encrusted with pearlized leather pailette overlaid with crystals. 

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Xioti Chiu (@xioti_chiu)

“I chose an Earth tone color—rustic brown mixed in with gold threading—for her gown. From the plunging neckline and the cut-out illusions on the waist down to the hips, the cut is not complicated to rightfully show the features of Rabiya’s body. Linear radiant beading and texture of gown will also help elongate her physique.”

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Maria Makilang (@mariamakilang)

“Because blue stands for unity.  In this challenging time, in the middle of the pandemic and war in some parts of the world, what we need is to be united in diversity.”

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Venice Ventura (@veniceventura)

Venice Ventura sketched two gowns! The first one “I was inspired by the Philippine eagle which symbolizes strength, uniqueness, a love for freedom, and power of the Filipino people. I also added a symbol of love, devotion, purity, and divine hope through the incorporation of the Sampaguita flower in my design”

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The second is in bright magenta. “Magenta is an instrument of change and transformation; it helps to release old emotional patterns that prevent personal and spiritual development and ais us in moving forward. Sheer tulle skirt embellished with swarovski crystal and organza petals inspired by Dahlia flowers which represents elegance, inner strength, change, and dignity.”

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Briar Neil (@hgielyrb.lein)

“I was inspired by a giant, dragon-like bird in Philippine legends which is the Minokawa. I was so into this creature because I feel like it’s unique and at the same time, this mythical creature lives in the universe which Rabiya was competing for…”

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Briar even drew a National Costume design inspired Lapu-Lapu. “I was inspired by him because he left us the legacy of freedom. This costume would be fit for Rabiya because she once said that “Women are as capable as men in handling the nation.”

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Ehrran Montoya (@ehrranmontoya)

Ehrran Montoya designed an sheer empire yellow beaded high neck gown with a built in cape attached to the back. Its embellished gold beading details and halter off-shoulder sleeves was inspired by the ceiling of San Agustin church and pre-colonial treasures of Surigao.

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Naked Manila (@nakedmanila)

Naked Manila whipped up a design inspired by the famous Philippine folklore: Ibong Adarna. 

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Aron Nolasco (@aronnolasco)

Aaron Nolasco designed a long-sleeved floral dress in blue, inspired by his Filipino fashion designer idol, Rajo Laurel.

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Ar. Rob Francisco (@ar.robfrancisco)

“I want to dress Rabiya in a vibrant and flowy gown, to show her curves when walking. Simple yet very striking with the colors of nature and sea.”

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Job Dacon (@jobdacon)

Job Dacon was inspired by the works of Juan Luna, a famous Filipino painter. His first pattern exhibited “The Battle of Lepanto,” and the second was “The Blood Compact.”

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Joem Nasol (@joemzpn)

Joem Nasol designed a sheer tangerine gown with a high middle slit embellished with feathers and beads.

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Tristan Pineda (@tristan_pineda)

“This gown is inspired by a very famous dish here in the Philippines, which is called Pancit Palabok, that has alot of joyful colors in it.”

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Euriel San Antonio (@eurielmae)

“Inspired by the Kulintang of Maranaos and Hanan the goddess of morning, dawn, childbirth, and new beginnings. She is one of the three demigod daughters of Bathalang Maycapal to a mortal woman.”

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Dleiabanto (@dleiabanto)

“The whole gown is full of beadwork to show appreciation to the “bituin” or stars that are seen above us. The color palette is inspired by the colors of magma. These concepts show two contrasting ideas that can still look beautiful when they are strategically combined as one.”

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Dominique Brandes (@nongdom_b)

Dominique Brandes created a green semi sheer sweetheart neckline gown with vertical flowing details and orchids. According to him, “This gown represents the entire island of the Philippines with its green healthy archipelago. A true Filipina can bring her entire country through her confidence, elegance, and compassion.” 

 

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