The Jakarta Post
Puteri Indonesia 2016 Kezia Warouw will wear a similar Garuda costume at Miss Universe 2017 in the Philippines. (www.instagram.com/officialputeriindonesia//File)
A grand Garuda costume will usher Puteri Indonesia 2016 Kezia Warouw through the upcoming Miss Universe 2017 beauty pageant at the end of January, which will take place in the Philippines.
Designed by Dynand Fariz, the gold-colored costume consists of copper plates and stone ornaments and the Garuda wings will be cast with lights. “Everything is handmade,” Dynand points out.
The East Java-based designer says that the wings of the Garuda will give off its own energy through the “placement of lights, made to shine from the wings.” The idea to design such a costume came up during last year’s Jember Fashion Carnival in East Java in August, led by Dyand himself. He told Antara news agency that the process of creating the 20-kilogram costume took approximately two months.
Aside from the Dyand, other renowned local designers are set to dress Kezia up through the span of the Miss Universe 2016 event. One of them will be Ivan Gunawan who has already prepared a total of six gowns, bringing the theme of tenun Toraja (traditional woven fabric from Toraja, South Sulawesi) to one of the gowns.
In a press conference on Monday, Ivan remarks how the tenun Toraja befits Kezia’s beautifully tanned skin, as the “terracota color will make Kezia’s skin stand out more.” Ivan has also prepared a Kudus-themed batik dress for the swimwear segment, in which he has purposefully not disclosed its color and form.
Kezia will also be wearing Ivan’s 10-kg “Kejora” dress that is emblazoned with thousands of “stars” spread across the costume. “It’s so shiny,” he said. “I worked on it for three months.”
In addition to Dyand and Ivan, other local designers contributing to Kezia Warouw’s parade of dresses are Anne Avantie, Aditya Dwicahya, Ansoe, Yosep Sinudarsono, Arturro, Poise 24, Reves dan Batik Sephora. (mra/kes)