Every Pinoy Gown Catriona Gray Has Worn—And The Philippine Elements That Inspired Each One!
It's no secret that Catriona Gray is one of the most stylish women in the universe. Aside from consistently delivering looks worthy of fashion headlines, she is also known to incorporate proudly Pinoy elements in her wardrobe. Last weekend, the 67th Miss Univsere once again wowed fans all over the world when she stepped on the Binibining Pilipinas stage wearing a head-turner.
Catriona had her final walk as Miss Philippines in a Mak Tumang number inspired by the waling-waling, also known as the Queen of Orchids. The rare and beautiful waling-waling is endemic to the Philippines, so you can't find anything like it anywhere else in the world. For everything you need to know about this majestic fuchsia piece, read this article!
Photo: Mak Tumang
This wasn't the first time Catriona was clad in a proudly Filipino evening gown. Ahead, we've compiled every patriotic creation she wore, each made by Kapampangan designer Mak Tumang. The best part is, every dress features uniquely Pinoy elements!
1. Ibong Adarna
During the Miss Universe 2018 prelimenaries, Catriona wore a fiery, figure-hugging dress inspired by the 16th-century Filipino epic poem Ibong Adarna. The designer underscored that just like the Ibong Adarna, the singer and beauty queen has a voice that is truly captivating—literally and figuratively. " [Catriona's voice] both melts and heals hearts," quipped Mak. "Her willpower and burning passion make every Filipino proud—she is the blazing Adarna! Watch her rise in glory along with our hopes and dreams for our beloved country."
For everything you need to know about this Ibong Adarna-gown, read our exclusive feature here.
2. Mayon Volcano
Catriona Gray, whose hometown is in Albay, officially bagged the coveted Miss Universe crown in a Mayon Volcano-inspired evening gown. "Catriona can be considered as the modern-day Daragang Magayon," shared the couturier. "She embodies the Filipina’s beauty, intelligence and burning passion. This lady is definitely on fire! Watch her erupt right before your very eyes and let the lava of grace, goodness and hope flow."
Read more about this jaw-dropping piece here.
3. Sampaguita and Anahaw
The sampaguita is the national flower of the Philippines, so it was fitting for Catriona to wore a sampaguita-inspired terno when she returned to the country for her homecoming parade. The patriotic outfit also featured elements of the anahaw—the country's national leaf. To read more about this beautiful butterfly-sleeved piece, read this.
Photo: @catriona_gray via @bruce.casanova
Photo: Mak Tumang
As expected, Catriona Gray's collaboration with Mak Tumang never fails to result in iconic style statements! We cannot wait to see more looks the duo will come up with in the next couple of months.
But while we're waiting for the next style statement, let's take a trip down memory lane and revisit the time when we dropped by designer Mak Tumang's glasshouse-inspired atelier in Mexico, Pampanga. For a virtual tour of Mak's studio—the place where all the magic happens!—read our exclusive feature.
This is where #CatrionaGray had her iconic Miss Universe gowns made. Located in Mexico, Pampanga is a glass house where Filipino couturier #MakTumang spends most of his days. A spacious yet cozy office serves as a literal extension of his home—it is where friendships are formed and extraordinary dresses are sketched. Read the full story at the link in our bio. (??: @campfiremedia)