Dressing an angel

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

SHE made it as part of the top eight finalists, and though she didn’t bag the crown in the end, the beauty and elegance she exuded that night is unquestionable.

One of the recognitions that Angelee received throughout the pageant was ranking third place in the ‘best in evening gown’ category, which was held a week before the finals.

Her gown was made by Cebuano designer, Hanz Coquilla, who said it was his first time seeing his creation worn in an international pageant.

“A woman’s figure has always been my inspiration in all my works,” Hanz said. “This time, I was inspired by Angelee’s statuesque figure.”

Standing at 5 ft. and 7.5 in., Angelee’s slender frame was rightly accentuated by Hanz with the combination of the free-flowing, silk chiffon bottom and the embellished, figure-hugging lace top. He then did a remarkable job with the gown’s intricate details, as he embedded the top with crystals in citrus, pale pink, light blue and opaque white that together radiated artistic extravagance.

“Each color represents the four elements,” Hanz explained, relating the dress to the pageant’s iconic title placements. “Pink is for fire, light blue for water and opaque white for air.”

As the country applauded Angelee for her notable performance, much-deserved appreciation should also be bestowed on Hanz who helped her in her journey.

“It used to be a dream to dress up a beauty queen for an international pageant, and I still can’t believe it came true,” he said. “Seeing Angelee wearing my gown with the sash ‘Philippines’ made me feel so honored and proud at the same time.”

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 13, 2013.


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