Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan wearing Filipino couture made heads turn at the 70th Cannes Film Festival.
The former Miss World wore Dubai-based Michael Cinco’s creation on the red carpet – a full skirted powder blue gown from the Impalpable Dream at VERSAILLES collection, described by various news sites as giving the Indian actress a fairytale princess look. The Impalpable collection was topbilled at the Paris Fashion Week in 2016, marking the first time a Filipino designer was given the spotlight.
The influential Indian actress wore another Filipino creation by Manila-based Mark Bumgarner –a nude lace gown with colourful floral embroidery, during the second round of media interactions.
L’Oreal Paris tweeted photos of their brand ambassador’s looks as “stunning” and akin to a queen.
“She looked ethereal as she walked the red carpet sporting a straight out of a fairytale gown designed by Michael Cinco… It seemed as if Aishwarya brought to reality a princess straight out of a fairytale!” wrote India’s News 18.
Cinco talked to Khaleej Times about how Aishawarya wearing his gown was a dream come true.
"I love costumes. I love watching Hollywood movies. In fact it was the movies that inspired me to become a designer. It has always been a goal for me to see the celebs wearing my couture gowns on the red carpet."
Cinco has dressed such international celebrities as Jennifer Lopez, among many others.
Bumgarner, a former race car driver, has dressed local celebrities such as Heart Evangelista and Maggie Wilson-Consunji.