It’s always fun watching a designer create something from scratch. From the sketches, to the fabric selection… going from draping to fitting; it’s all a wonderful, feverish mess. But creating an evening gown, for the Miss Universe pageant? It goes beyond…

“For the first time in 13 years, Miss Bahamas wore a Bahamian designer at the Miss Universe pageant,” Theodore Elyett posted via Instagram. Indeed, Elyett would be that Bahamian fashion doyen to create the evening gown (and an entire wardrobe, no less) for the country’s Miss Universe delegate, Cherell Williamson. The accolades came pouring in for Elyett’s gown, which featured ‘over 15 yards’ of hand-stitched rhinestone applique and 27 yards of horsebraid.

Designer and Project Runway alum, Nick Verreos listed Bahamas in his Top 20 for Best Gowns, saying of Elyett’s creation: “It was dramatic, fit beautifully, and made Cherell look like a Gown Goddess.” Cosmopolitan Magazine (Philippines) also listed Bahamas in its Top 20 of Best Gowns at the event.

In the days leading up to the pageant, Elyett let his Instagram followers in on the action (although, we suspect his Snapchat followers had the real-time advantage) of creating his ‘Golden Goddess‘ evening gown.

See what the designer had to say about his process, after the jump…

"I'm a Clothing Engineer. I envision a concept, plot out the construction, figure out the math and get to work!"

“I’m a Clothing Engineer. I envision a concept, plot out the construction, figure out the math and get to work!”

"The sketch... the concept."

"The sketch... the concept."

“The sketch… the concept.”

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"When I walked into my meeting with [Miss Universe Bahamas Organisation] I was only supposed to be pitching to design Cherell's wardrobe. But God nudged me to stay up the night before and sketch a gown with the hope that they'd consider it as well. The rest is history..."

“When I walked into my meeting with [Miss Universe Bahamas Organisation] I was only supposed to be pitching to design Cherell’s wardrobe. But God nudged me to stay up the night before and sketch a gown with the hope that they’d consider it as well. The rest is history…”

"...this was the beginning of a two-day marathon! Let's go!"

“…this was the beginning of a two-day marathon! Let’s go!”

"21 yards of fabric, 31 pattern pieces assembled, 36 French Seams....wasn't even close to being done..."

“21 yards of fabric, 31 pattern pieces assembled, 36 French Seams….wasn’t even close to being done…”

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"Applying horsebraid! 27 yards of it! At this point I wondered how she was going to carry this heavy dress down the runway... but she did it with such ease!"

“Applying horsebraid! 27 yards of it! At this point I wondered how she was going to carry this heavy dress down the runway… but she did it with such ease!”

"Over 15 yards of rhinestone appliqué applied by hand."

“Over 15 yards of rhinestone appliqué applied by hand.”


 

Follow Theodore Elyett on Instagram for more from the designer’s life and his #BehindtheSeams series.

Photos courtesy Instagram.com/theodoreelyett

 

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