Reigning Miss World Vanessa Ponce De Leon wore a stunning champagne colored gown from Award winning Ugandan celebrity stylist Tina Brad, to the Miss Uganda 2019 Grand Finale at the Kampala Sheraton Hotel on the 26th of July 2019. The gown was masterfully designed to showcase a chic and modern look inspired by the Gomesi, a traditional attire famous in the Central region of Uganda since 1940.
Tina Brad shares an in-depth insight into how she expressed the beauty of the Gomesi into a gorgeous and contemporary evening gown for the Reigning Miss World. The first noticeable feature on the gown are the sleeves. Traditionally, the Gomesi has short, puffed sleeves however Miss World’s gown was designed with off shoulder sleeves to give it an in vogue appeal whilst maintaining the frame.
A kikooyi or Kanga is an inner garment tied underneath the linen of Gomesi to ensure the fabric does not stick to the body. This is meant to accentuate the elegance and decency of the attire. Miss World’s gown had a dress underneath inspired by the Kikooyi.
The belt on Miss World’s gown featured a skirt spread on top of her dress giving prominence to the final part of the Gomesi inspired look which is the Sash. A Gomesi is tied with a sash placed below the waist over the hips to not only give the attire shape but also to make it fashionable. Miss World’s sash or belt stylishly mimicked the complete look of a Gomesi with the addition of a decorous trail.
The look was topped off with feathers subtly adorned on a top and lace on the bottom of the gown. Tina Brad chose feathers because they are this seasons’ turned out fashion trend and blended beautifully with the champagne colored gown. Tina Brad wanted Miss World Vanessa Ponce De Leon, to grace the event dressed in an outfit that embodied comfort, tradition, in fashion and elegance.
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