Wednesday, November 28, 2012

“Kebaya Mandagie” is Miss Malaysia-Universe’s National Costume!

By: Edgar A. Petallo


Kimberley Leggett looks every inch an eminent royalty with her conventional-turned modern apparel and in a dire rubbernecking she instantly reminds me of Snow White’s evil queen, but in a very positive way – sophisticated, regal, and fashionably divine!


Her national costume is created by renowned fashion designer Jovian Mandagie who nabs the inspiration from the quintessential Kebaya and Batik-Terrenganu patterned skirt from Malaysia. Now just to give us the slightest idea of what Kebaya and Batik means, here’s a brief description from Wikipedia:

“A Kebaya is a traditional blouse-dress combination that originates from Indonesia and worn by women in Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Burma, Singapore and Southern Thailand. It is sometimes made from sheer material such as silk, thin cotton or semi-transparent nylon or polyester, adorned with brocade or floral pattern embroidery…While “Batik” is worn as part of Kebaya dress, usually wrap around the body with innovative yet distinctive patterns.”

It’s pretty amazing how the designer turned the traditional-ancestral garb into an impeccably avant-garde ensemble yet culturally-rich eccentric piece. A head-turner for sure in Las Vegas!





Photo Credit: Kimberley Leggett Facebook Page





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