Michelle Dee will be wearing a Francis Libiran terno as her national costume as she competes for the Miss World 2019 crown in London this coming December 14.
The modern terno, which the designer describes, as the “Philippine Sun Princess” gown is made of fine soft tulle and inspired by the country's culture and symbols.
Libiran is known for his Art Deco embroidery which is very evident in Michelle's well-crafted costume.
In the press release sent by GMA-7, the gown is further described as:
“The Philippine Sun Princess: Miss World Philippines Michelle Dee’s Francis Libiran couture national costume is a symbolic work of art and labor of love. This state-of-the-art version of the Philippine Terno is a celebration and preservation of rich Filipino culture. The design of the Sun on the collar is inspired by the Sun of the Philippine national Flag, customized in Francis Libiran signature intricate Art Deco embroidery. It is a symbol of optimism, positivity and courage. The custom embroidery patterns, is inspired by the historic Visayan tattoo called “Batek”. They were found in the earliest illustrations of our Visayan warriors in the 16th-century Boxer Codex. To our ancestors, Batek symbolized bravery and triumph.
“This well-crafted wearable art piece is made of fine soft tulle, intricately embroidered with custom embroidery and hand-made beadwork.”
Michelle could not contain her delight over the gown and gushed about it on her Instagram post.
"What a time to be Pinoy!" the Miss World Philippines candidate wrote on her Instagram post. "As you all know i've been wearing an all Filipino wardrobe since i got to London but it's time to showcase my national costume for @missworld to all of you!”
Michellle went on: “When i first saw this I couldn't believe my eyes. @francislibiran8 really outdid himself and i'm EXTREMELY PROUD to be a Libiran baby!! Btw belated Happy Birthday! The Philippines is proud to have you as one of our own."
Michelle, who is a Kapuso star, is the daughter of Miss International 1979 Melanie Marquez and the cousin of Reina Hispanoamericana 2017 Teresita Senn Marquez aka Wynwin Marquez.
She advocates for people with autism and she aims to bring back the blue Miss World crown to the Philippines. She hopes to replicate Megan Young's Miss World feat when the latter won the title in Indonesia back in 2013.
All the best, Michelle!