Miss Universe Malaysia 2015's costumes will take your breath away
Jovian Mandagie designed the national costume and evening gown for Miss Universe Malaysia 2015 Vanessa Tevi Kumares
Reigning Miss Universe Malaysia Vanessa Tevi Kumares will be competing in the Miss Universe Pageant wearing stunning designs by Malaysian designers. Jovian Mandagie designed both the national costume and preliminary evening gown for the 24-year-old Seremban native, who is of Malaysian Indian-Chinese parentage.
The national costume is a purple songket top and skirt, embellished with Bunga Mas (gold flower), a traditional gift the Sultans of the northern Malayan states used to present to the king of Siam as tribute.
"I like to create a dress that is extraordinary and exquisite, especially when it is related to a rich, everlasting culture and heritage," Jovian said. "It makes the piece look and feel even more distinctive and effortlessly unique. The dress itself has a personality and character of its own."
Malaysian milliner Bremen Wong created the gold headpiece to complement Vanessa's national costume. The elaborate branches, also adorned with Bunga Mas, were inspired by the majestic tail of a peacock.
Vanessa's preliminary evening gown is just as beautiful; it is made of satin and organza, with a flattering mermaid silhouette and a long train.
"It has to be modern and contemporary yet still refined," Jovian explained. "Vanessa will definitely work the dress stunningly and she will complement the dress well. I am sure Malaysia will be rooting for her."
Vanessa competes in the 64th Annual Miss Universe Pageant on 16 December 2015 in Las Vegas. Good luck, Vanessa!