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The Real Meaning Behind Rabiya Mateo’s Yellow Evening Gown for Miss Universe

Furne One reveals the inspiration behind the summery sequined dress.
The Real Meaning Behind Rabiya Mateo’s Yellow Evening Gown for Miss Universe
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Furne One reveals the inspiration behind the summery sequined dress.

The preliminary evening gown competition is finally here! A crucial part of the Miss Universe pageant, a contestant’s evening gown isn’t only a show piece but should emulate the candidate’s personality, grace, and elegance. Thus the evening gown is an integral part of the scoring, and would lead judges to ask, “Why did she pick this dress?” or “What does this dress mean to her?”

That said, Rabiya Mateo didn’t just want to step out in a frock that would wow. “Yellow is the color of joy and celebration,” designer Furne One wrote in his Instagram post. The dress, which features a unique “s-shaped” neckline and one-shoulder strap that splits into two thin appendages at the back, is made up of citrine Swarovski crystals to create dimension despite the monochrome colorway.

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According to Furne, the dress signifies the sun, which symbolizes “happiness, strength, and vitality.” To further showcase this, the cape drapes down into a humble train features intricate beadwork made up of citrine and alabaster Swarovskis. It mimics the sun’s rays much like those seen on the Philippine flag. “The cape added royalty to the gown, and its beadwork was inspired by the radiance of the Philippine sun whish symbolizes positivity and optimism. A hope for a new tomorrow, w world with endless beauty and happiness,” the designer wrote.

Rain Dagala, Rabiya’s stylist, describes the silhouette of the dress as a “Venus cut” to convey old Hollywood glamour. It was also purposeful to leave out any slits or overtly “hubadera” cut outs to keep the dress classy and sophisticated. The makeup was kept to nudes, while her hair was set into easy waves with an extreme side part for simplicity and elegance.

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