Every element of the dress has meaning. The guafak bodice pay tribute to the weaving skills of our island's women. The gradient blue skirt represents the ocean, all it gives to us, and our people's navigational skills. The net and spondylus is a tribute to the women who save Guahan and the women who continue to protect the interests of our island and her people. The greenery is a reminder that we are protectors of the land and the coconut shell buttons down the spine are a tribute to the legend of the coconut tree. Every part of this dress could be made locally and showcase our island's talented artisans.
My design was not chosen to be worn by Miss World Guam 2012, but I still feel great about it. I put a lot of thought in to this design and I'm really proud of it. Plus, it got a bunch of likes on facebook and people are still telling me how beautiful it is. I do realize this may not have been the best dress for the competition. It is more symbolic than obvious. In order to really appreciate it fully, I think you'd need to know a bit more about our island than how many brown tree snakes we have. :P
|photo credit: JR Manuel Imagery|