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Bahamian Costume Designer extraordinaire, Javotte Bethel

©ourtesy of Bahamas Weekly News, Robbin Whachell

Javotte-BethelNassau, Bahamas – This year’s national costume worn by Miss Universe Grand Bahama wowed the nation as Tomii Culmer paraded in the ‘Sea Goddess’ outfit created by Nassau designer, Javotte Bethel. The intricate back piece shaped like a half clam shell was covered in treasures from the sea, along with a sheer fitted bodice with jewels in all the right places looked magical on this year’s winner. Now that Tomii won the title Miss Universe Bahamas, this fabulously piece will be seen before a global audience at the next Miss Universe!  “Tomii and I have known each other for a while and certainly she’s aware that Javotte House of Couture produces unique designs. She engaged me after her entry in the Miss Universe hoping for a design that might increase her chances of the win,” said Bethel. “She said she was open to my creativity and would fully support my concept.” Sea-queen_2 

– –  “I started this project with the expectation that this costume would be seen worldwide, I wanted it to highlight the Bahamas’ most admirable amenities – its water and life thereunder ,” said Bethel.” 

Tomii Culmer, 2014 Miss Universe Bahamas.

The aquatic theme was the obvious move, and this concept had tons of creative potential allowing us to use a wide range of sea-life trinkets. With all the press coverage around the preservation of Bahamas’ reef systems recently, we thought that connection would also work in our favour.” Javotte Bethel the owner and operator of Javotte’s House of Couture, has been gainfully employed in the fashion industry for about 20 years and began designing at the age of 12, later making her own prom dress.  After high school she studied at the International Fine Arts school of Miami where she obtained an associates degree in Fashion and Graphic Design.  – –  Please visit Javotte Bethel’s House of Couture on Facebook – – 

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