The designer behind the outfits worn by Miss Universe representative, Yvonne Clarke is defending his work and is standing firm behind his designs.
Reuben Gonzales has issued a media statement explaining the meanings of the outfits and how Clarke came to wear them.
The following is the statement by Gonzales.
"Mr Reuben Gonzales would like to address the spate of negative comments posted on social media and mainstream media regarding him and his designs worn by Trinidad and Tobago’s representative, Yvonne Clarke at the Miss Universe preliminary events currently taking place in Las Vegas, USA.
As a fellow Trinbagonian and young fashion designer, Mr. Gonzales gladly pledged his support by giving Ms. Clarke three pieces from his previous collections, which he produced during his tenure as a fashion design student at the Caribbean Academy of Fashion and Design at the University of Trinidad and Tobago.
The following describes the two pieces brought into question:
Red Crop Top and Layered Skirt – Piece from Final Thesis Collection Collection Theme – “IXORAS IN DANCE” (Ixora as in the red flower)
White Ruffled Bustier and Layered Ruffled Pants – Year 3 Designer Critic Collection Collection Theme – “A Returning Citizen” – The Crashing Waves, Under the Direction of Richard Young
Ms. Clarke believed in his brand, design and aesthetic and saw it as an asset to have his pieces included in her wardrobe, so to display his work on an international scale such as the Miss Universe Pageant.
Additionally, Mr. Gonzales gave the pieces to Ms. Clarke and her team to be styled at their discretion.
As a proud graduate of the University of Trinidad and Tobago – with a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree in Fashion Design, Mr Gonzales stands firm behind his brand and designs, and continues to show his support for Ms. Clarke or any person who strives to be a patriotic citizen of Trinidad and Tobago as he is."