Dance costume specialist CHARISMATICO has recently collaborated on the breath-taking Cayman Islands ‘A Sunset Story’ gown for Miss Universe. Miss Cayman Islands Universe Mariah Tibbetts, wowed the audience when she took to the international pageant stage on 16 May for the Miss Universe 2020.
The 26 year old Bodden town native was styled in a custom-made orange and blue Ruffle Organza gown, accustomed with a feather backpack and accessories. The dress was put together specifically for Tibbetts using hand-sewn sequins with long ruffled fringes of organza, which decorated the hemline.
This design helped provide the illusion of a flared out mermaid gown. The piece was further decorated with a rhinestone-studded applique to help give extra sparkle and contrast. The concept for the gown was to help highlight the natural beauty depicted in the Cayman Islands.
Inspired by the sea, the blue ruffle skirt on the gown was used to signify the waves crashing against the shore. The brightly coloured extravagant backpack was created to represent the beautiful Cayman sunshine.
According to the Miss Cayman Islands Universe Committee, the gown signified their experiences on the Cayman Island beach during the COVID-19 lockdown. The Miss Universe contest was postponed in 2020 following the outbreak.
Designer Danielle Alexis was chosen to design the gown, which was collaborated in part with CHARISMATICO. The company specialises in hand-made customized costumes and show wear for a range of performers such as Drag Queens, Latin Dance, Cabaret, Burlesque, and Showgirls.
The dress was worn by Tibbetts during the pageant preliminary series at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida USA. It was designed for the national costume contest, which is a part of the Miss Universe series.
Although Miss Cayman Islands, unfortunately, was not crowned Miss Universe, her gown which was created in collaboration with CHARISMATICO earned her rave reviews.