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Fashion designer Michael Leyva reveals gowns he made for Celeste Cortesi

by Nikko Tuazon
Jan 15, 2023
Michael Leyva, Celeste Cortesi
In a series of Instagram posts, fashion designer Michael Leyva (not in photo) reveals all four gowns he made for Celeste Cortesi's Miss Universe 2022 stint.
PHOTO/S: @michaelleyva_ on Instagram

Celeste Cortesi looked stunning in her evening gowns for the Miss Universe 2022 pageant.

The 25-year-old Filipino-Italian model wore, not just one, but two creations of Los Angeles-based fashion designer Oliver Tolentino.

The first one was a sky-blue column gown with art deco details, which she wore during the preliminary evening gown competition.

She wore another gown—a mermaid gown with a plunging neckline and butterfly embroidery—during the pageant's grand coronation night on Saturday, January 14, 2023 (January 15, PH time).

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But Celeste actually had several other gown options for the pageant.

In a series of Instagram posts after the pageant, fashion designer Michael Leyva revealed all of the four gowns he made for Celeste.

In his first post, Michael uploaded a video of Celeste fitting the fully beaded sky blue Swarovski gown with cape.

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In the caption, the designer thanked the beauty queen for giving her best in representing the country in the said international pageant well.

He wrote, "You’re still our Miss Universe [blue heart emojis] Thank you for making us all proud [Philippine flag emoji]

"@celeste_cortesi in #michaelleyva fully beaded Swarovski gown with cape [blue heart emojis]"

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In a separate post, Michael showed the two other sky blue gowns he made for Celeste.

His caption read, published as is: "She is indeed #celestial [blue heart emojis] Gown options i made for her for the evening gown competition [emojis]

"Thank you our queen @celeste_cortesi for making us all proud [emojis] #michaelleyvamanila #michaelleyva"

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The first one is an asymmetrical fringed column gown with a mid-baring cutout.

Michael Leyva, Celeste Cortesi

The other one is an assymetrical slip dress with side cut-outs and a thigh-high slit.

Michael Leyva, Celeste Cortesi

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The fourth gown Michael made for Celeste was the metallic gold slip dress that the beauty queen wore during the Miss Universe 2022 welcome dinner last Tuesday, January 10, 2023.

Michael Leyva, Celeste Cortesi

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In a series of Instagram posts, fashion designer Michael Leyva (not in photo) reveals all four gowns he made for Celeste Cortesi's Miss Universe 2022 stint.
PHOTO/S: @michaelleyva_ on Instagram
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