Dubai-based Filipino designer Furne Amato posted photos of Miss Universe Philippines Rabiya Mateo wearing his "Sarimanok-inspired" creation on social media after the Miss Universe 2020 pageant concluded on Monday, May 17 (May 16 in the USA).
“We are still so proud of you @rabiyamateo like a phoenix, on your own pace and time, you will soar high,” he wrote.
Furne said the creation was "unique in its fashion sense" because it was inspired by Sarimanok, "the mythical bird of the Maranao people that originated from MINDANAO, an Island south of the Philippines," and that it "symbolizes good fortune."
He also talked about the details of the dress, saying it included homages to Rabiya's hometown, Iloilo city.
“The closed neck haltered gown celebrates the festivals of Iloilo city, also known as the city of love. Orange symbolizes joy, happiness, and creativity. The tulle based gown is embroidered with thousands of precious components, which represents the heartbeat of the people of ILOILO."
Photo from Furne Amato's Instagram
"Hyacinth Swarovski crystals, glass beads, and paillettes shout opulence. Laser cut fabrics sprawling to the hem, formed feather-like softness, flowers, different formation of masks and headpieces which are evident during the traditional celebration. Its silhouette celebrates the representation of feminism," he wrote.
The 24-year-old Ilongga beauty queen was first spotted wearing the Sarimanok-inspired at the beginning of the long gown segment, when all candidates walked on stage.
During the preliminary competition on Saturday, May 15, Rabiya wore a one-shoulder tulle gown encrusted with Swavorski crystals, also designed by Furne Amato.
Photo from the Miss Universe Organization