EXCLUSIVE: Everything You Need To Know About Catriona Gray's Waling-Waling-Inspired Gown By Mak Tumang
Catriona Gray and Mak Tumang have done it again!
The beauty queen had everyone's jaws dropped to the floor when she appeared in the Smart Araneta Coliseum donning a creation by her favorite Kapampangan designer. The reigning Miss Universe had her final walk on the Binibining Pilipinas stage in a head-turning number inspired by a Philippine endemic flower—the waling-waling, also known as the queen of Philippine orchids. This isn't the first time the beauty queen sported a dress inspired by Southeast Asian flowers—remember when she sported a sampaguita-inspired terno, also by Mak Tumang?
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"Many regard [the waling-waling] as the rarest, most beautiful, and the most expensive among all the flora our country has...." captioned the Filipino designer on his Facebook post, adding that the flower fully represents Catriona's captivating beauty.
"This flower, like Catriona, continues to be on treetops and aspires for greater heights. The Queen of the Filipinos' hearts bids farewell to her reign here. Yet, she will incessantly reach and touch the bright sun, making her justly symbolic of the Filipino’s unceasing hope and tenacity."
In an exclusive interview with Metro.Style, Mak shares us everything we need to know about this one-of-a-kind ensemble!
1. This dress took almost three months to finish
Mak and his team started working on this dress mid-March. They finished early June, just in time for the Binibining Pilipinas 2019 coronation.
2. A custom digital print is incorporated into this fuchsia creation
To add depth and dimension, Mak and his team printed images of orchid petals on the gown's fabric. The wonders of technology!
3. Layers and layers of tulle fabric were encrusted with thousands of Swarovski crystals
Finally, with every step and turn, Queen Catriona (literally) shone and sparkled—thanks to the thousands of Swarovski crystals embellished all over the majestic dress. Talk about a style statement.
Just a few months ago, the Metro.Style visited Mak Tumang's glass house-inspired atelier in Pampanga. Read all about it in our exclusive feature—and get to see where Mak and his team make all the fashion magic happen!
Special thanks to Mak Tumang