StyleBible Preview

Here's How Catriona Gray's Winning Bb. Pilipinas Gown Came to Life

See the whole process, step by step!
Here's How Catriona Gray's Winning Bb. Pilipinas Gown Came to Life
IMAGE INSTAGRAM/catriona_gray
See the whole process, step by step!

Unless you've been living under a rock, you already know that Catriona Gray is officially 2018's Binibining Pilipinas-Universe. The entire country watched her sashay down the stage swathed in glimmering gold, all thanks to fashion designer Mak Tumang!

Here's a better look at the dress on a mannequin! In a Facebook album captioned "Behind the Seams," Mak chronicled exactly how Cat's winning frock was created, from scratch to sketches to Finals Night. 

"Going back to the time when the newly-crowned Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 2018 Catriona Gray messaged me in December 2017 and told me about her intention to join a national pageant as an independent candidate," Mak wrote. "She wanted me to do her evening gown."

IMAGE FACEBOOK/maktumang

IMAGE FACEBOOK/maktumang

Catriona was extremely hands-on with the design, even putting together a peg deck for Mak's reference. We love a prepared queen.

IMAGE FACEBOOK/maktumang

Fun fact: the approved sketch was Mak's birthday present to Catriona! From the drawing board, Mak gave his creation its very first breaths by making a draft dress for Cat to sample.

IMAGE FACEBOOK/maktumang

IMAGE FACEBOOK/maktumang

IMAGE FACEBOOK/maktumang

Here's Catriona trying on the initial shell. We're witnessing the beginnings of a masterpiece, people. Now that it fits just right, on to adding some glitz!

IMAGE FACEBOOK/maktumang

IMAGE FACEBOOK/maktumang

IMAGE FACEBOOK/maktumang

You're left to wonder how many of these tiny, brilliant Swarovski crystals Mak used to embellish the entire thing. The number just might hit the thousands!

IMAGE FACEBOOK/maktumang

IMAGE FACEBOOK/maktumang

Some last tweaks included deepening the neckline and adding graceful, wing-like pointed edges to the bodice.

IMAGE FACEBOOK/maktumang

IMAGE FACEBOOK/maktumang

Mak's skilled petites mains spent hours and hours hand-beading the gown, lending it a subtly elaborate, understatedly intricate flair. 

IMAGE FACEBOOK/maktumang

A cleverly-concealed zipper is the secret key to optimum comfort.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

IMAGE FACEBOOK/maktumang

In the end, all Mak's effort was 100% worth it. Catriona took home the crown, and the gown saw her to the top! Talk about a moment of Filipino fashion history.

"See you soon, Universe!" the designer bids at the end of the post. There isn't a more fitting salutation, in our opinion. Congratulations again, Cat and Mak!

MORE FROM PREVIEW.PH

COMMENTS