LOOK: Miss Universe wears SA 3D-printed 'mermaid' dress

LOOK: Miss Universe wears SA 3D-printed 'mermaid' dress

A local fashion designer's 3D-printed dress was featured at this year's Miss Universe final.

Miss Universe R'Bonney Gabriel
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This past weekend saw the crowing of the 72nd Miss Universe, Miss Nicaragua, Sheynnis Palacios. 

South Africa's own Bryoni Govender also competed in the Miss Universe pageant after Miss South Africa Nathasha Joubert could not compete after she competed the previous year. 

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Govender was, however, not the only South African to represent our country at the glamorous event. 

Local designer Gert-Johan Coetzee also featured one of his unique masterpieces on the Miss Universe runway. 

The dress was a 3D-printed dress worn by the previous Miss Universe R’Bonney Gabriel during her final walk. 

This one-of-a-kind dress took 530 hours to "meticulously craft" and featured over 3000 Swarovski crystals. 

"Embracing the spirit of powerful women who stand as guardians and defenders, the dress honors the courage and fortitude exemplified by women in protecting their communities and fostering a better world for all," Coetzee wrote on Instagram. 

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"Coetzee's innovative approach marries tradition with the future, showcasing how strength and femininity intertwine seamlessly in this contemporary masterpiece."

"Every element of this gown symbolizes the enduring dedication and perseverance of women who continually shine bright in their pursuits."

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Main image courtesy of R’Bonney Gabriel Instagram


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