We Still Can't Get Over Miss Universe Catriona Gray's Sampaguita Dress

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During the highly-anticipated homecoming grand parade, Catriona Gray's Sampaguita dress made the biggest headlines

Having represented her Filipino roots well, Miss Universe Catriona Gray recently honoured her native country again with her outfit. During the highly-anticipated homecoming grand parade, Catriona Gray's Sampaguita dress made the biggest headlines. 

The beauty queen decided to make her country proud by wearing a symbolic outfit specially created by local designer Mak Tumang. This is the same designer who came up with the now-iconic Adarna and Lava gown which Gray wore during the Miss Universe pageant.

Indeed, Gray did Mak’s creations justice while representing her role as beauty queen during her homecoming parade. Scroll down to find out more about Catriona Gray's Sampaguita dress, and what went down to make this iconic creation.

Catriona Gray's Sampaguita Dress Stealing The Spotlight
 
 
 
 
 
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As the reigning Miss Universe, Gray has been representing her country in various pageants since the mere age of five. Making her country proud as the reigning Miss Universe this time, she was dressed in stunning gowns honouring Philippines, including Mak's designs.

Mak's newly-designed Sampaguita dresses were all the rage, as he shared the meaningful backstory behind his latest creations for the beauty queen on Instagram.

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“The Sampaguita; also known as Philippine Jasmine, is the national flower of our beautiful country—the Philippines. Legend has it that its etymology was derived from the Filipino words ‘sumpa kita,’ which mean 'I promise you.' This ornamental flower is an inherent part of our landscape since time immemorial. Interestingly, this flower has a lot to do with the concept of ‘Coming Home,’” said Mak.

“Ergo, it is but fitting that we welcome our Queen with Sampaguitas adorned with Anahaw—our national leaf. Catriona will wear this Philippine Terno, which is a ‘Callado’ (similar to Piña Barong) embroidered gown with stylised Panuelo and Mariposa sleeves. Welcome home Catriona! Thank you for the fulfilled promise of making the Filipino people proud! Mabuhay!” he added in his post.

 
 
 
 
 
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Much love to the reigning queen!

Catriona Gray's Other Noteworthy Outfits

Besides the homecoming parade, Gray had been making various appearances including the recent fashion week. Scroll below to browse through some of her standout outfits. These include one from Miss Universe and the other two from her fashion week appearances.

 
 
 
 
 
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Making her hometown extremely proud as she won the ultimate title, her stunning gowns paid homage to the Philippines while honouring local stories of its rich heritage and culture.

While competing in the final round of the Miss Universe pageant, Gray shone in her volcano-inspired, flame-coloured gown that helped her capture the crown. Found on the island of Luzon, the Mayon Volcano inspired dress brought the house down with its extraordinary design.

“The prominent and iconic Mayon Volcano is the penultimate inspiration for this creation,” Mak said.

“Folk tales have it that it was named after the mythological heroine ‘Daragang Magayon’ (Beautiful Lady). Despite its pulchritude [extreme beauty] is the fact that it is the most active volcano in the Philippines, erupting numerous times in the past half a millennium. Catriona can be considered as the modern-day Daragang Magayon. She embodies the Filipina’s beauty, intelligence and burning passion. This lady is definitely on fire,” he explained at the time.

Gray For The Sherill Hill Show
 
 
 
 
 
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Wearing this embellished coat dress as she returned to Sherri Hill fashion show as the reigning Miss Universe this time, Gray attended the show in one of the designer's dresses.

The last time she was at a Sherri Hill show, Gray was in the middle of preparing to compete in the Miss Universe pageant. Looking ever more stunning than before, the beauty queen was a guest attendee and did not walk the runway this time.

 
 
 
 
 
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Gray was spotted at her first fashion show in the week wearing a gorgeous, pink outfit by designer Tadashi Shoji and jacket by Mackintosh.

Also read: Miss Universe Cat's Vogue Shoot Reveals Her Best-Kept Secret 

(All images courtesy: Instagram)

Written by

Melia Widjaja